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Inexpensive Remote

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Review by TheDane posted 09-23-2012 02:24 AM 5883 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After repeated problems with the remote control on my dust collector, I hit on a less costly and (so far) more reliable solution.

One day I was walking through the electrical department at the local big box and saw these … they sell for $11.99. For that, you get the wireless switch that plugs into the service outlet like a wall wart and a remote control that can manage three of these devices.

I bought 3 of them … use one on my air cleaner, one on my dust collector, and one on my tuner to turn off the music when the phone rings or SWMBO comes into the shop. I have had them for about 2 years, still using the original batteries and have had no problems.

They don’t have a carabiner, but I just drop one of them into my apron or turning smock pocket. If I temporarily misplace the remote, I have two more in the drawer of my workbench.

Important: I am not using these on anything with a motor that is rated at more than 1hp/650cfm (my Jet DC-650A draws 11 amps on startup and runs at 5.5 amps). I’m not sure I would recommend for anything that draws more.

Particulars:
Indoor Wireless Remote Outlet
Model Number: 59742
Menards SKU: 3635412

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"




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#1 posted 09-23-2012 02:29 AM

Gerry,
Thanks for the post I saved it to my favorites. A guy at my lathe club told me he uses the remotes they sell for Christmas Lights around the holidays I’ll ask him how they are rated load wise.
John

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks 4 the review!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 02:52 AM

Nice review. Yeah, I favorited this too.

Are these IR or RF?

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 03:22 AM

I use the Christmas light version.

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 03:56 AM

COOL solution!

OK you have three… do they all operate on the same freq.?
... can you change the key code?
... How many codes, for selection, do they have?

Thank you.

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 09:21 AM

Harbor Freight sells a similar one.

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#7 posted 09-23-2012 11:59 PM

As Arti Johnson from “Laugh-In” would have said….......... veeeeeerrrrrreeeee innnnnnnteresssssting while peepin thru the leaves of a shrub. lol sorry, I watched that show religiously

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 03:33 AM

Harbor Frt. unit... per search...

Looks like it’s too small in Power handling to control a
Jet DC-650A draws 11 amps on startup and runs at 5.5 amps

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 04:21 AM

I use something similar in my shop for my DC. I’ve had mine for about 4 years and it is still going strong. Also, since I rent an old house that doesn’t have any over head fixtures or outlets on switches, these work really well. I just hang a remote near the door and instant wall switch. I love these things. Now that we are closes to Halloween, they start appearing in stores all the way past Christmas.

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 07:09 AM

The Harbor Freight unit I saw a couple a months ago in the store was rated for 15 amps I believe but I could be wrong. I didn’t buy it myself because I remember it wouldn’t handle my dust collector.

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#12 posted 09-25-2012 06:49 PM

did anybody find a store that you can purchase online (besides H.F.)?

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#13 posted 09-25-2012 06:53 PM

You may be able to order online via http://www.menards.com ... just type in the SKU (3635412) in the search box.

—Gerry

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 06:58 PM

Not available online

I guess you have to call them on the phone…

Thank you!

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#15 posted 09-25-2012 09:05 PM

I finally was able to make contact with a Menards store in Nebraska…

I asked if I could order one of these and have it shipped to me?
He said, yes, but it will cost quite a bit in freight… Fedex… I gave him my zip code so he could check the freight cost… He called me back & said it would be $14+

I asked him:

Ever heard of the USPS Flat Rate boxes?...

No

Well, you can get the boxes FREE from the Post Office… This item could probably Fit into a Samll box and ship anywhere in the USA for $5.12!

Oh, really? We don’t use them.

Well, you might mention this to someone in Management… You might get a nice Bonus out of it…
... because if you did use them, you would have had a Sale…
Because you don’t use’em, you have Lost a Sale…
Thank you for checking.

Thank you… I will…

bye…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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