|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 01-02-2017 08:01 PM||1201 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I was shopping for a remote control for my cyclone dust collector, and came across the iVac Switch. It can function as a remote-control only unit, used with manual blast gates. There are a few companies that make D.C. remotes, but with the iVac you can expand it to fully automated collection.
You need one tool sensor and one blast gate for each tool you want to automate. That is when the magic happens. Just turn on your tool, and first the blast gate opens automatically, then the dust collector starts. Turn off the tool and the D.C. turns off and the blast gate closes. I have my D.C. set to run for 5 seconds extra to clear the pipes. The blast gate close is delayed for 50 seconds. If you don’t like the delay times, you can change them.
If you program the blast gate to the “Tool 1” position, it will stay open. Tool 1 blast gate won’t close until another tool is triggered. This is a feature to protect your ductwork. Basically it won’t ever run with all blast gates closed. Since I have a few manual gates on my system, I disabled that feature. I only want one blast gate open at a time, and using the Tool 1 feature would give me 2 blast gates open while using a manual gate. No worries though, it is easy to bypass this feature by simply skipping the Tool 1 setting. Just set your first tool to “Tool 2”, and your second tool to “Tool 3”, and so on.
Programming the system is easy, and doesn’t even involve a computer. Just set the DIP switches on each component. You set a system address, tool address, and delays. It’s just like setting a garage door opener to respond to a remote.I have had a very good experience with this product, and will update this review periodically. I’m happy to answer questions if someone is contemplating a purchase, or having trouble with setup.
- P.S. Make sure to order the remote control. Some offerings include the remote as part of a package, but often the Switch is sold without a remote.
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