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Forum topic by Umpire20 posted 01-14-2010 02:43 AM 2340 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2010 02:43 AM

Hello everyone,

I am brand spanking new to the Lumberjocks site. Someone from the Kreg forums referred me here. He and I were discussing a turn on / turn off switch that will turn your vacuum on & off based upon your tool being turned on or off. He gave me a recommendation of such a device at

I am simply doing my due diligence before purchasing. Does anyone have another brand / recommendation before I proceed?

After reading everyone’s responses etc I ultimately returned the “switch” to Sears. I asked if they had another one and the guy in hardware was kind enough to test the new one with me before I left the store. We were able to power up a couple of those “heart-shaped” hand-held sanders and a Dewalt drill similar to the one I own. And the little sanders powered up the drill also.

I returned home with the new switch and used my drill as the “source” of power. I was able to successfully power up our Dyson (inside residential vac) at both very low drill speed and at full speed. And the vac had about a 6 or 7 second delay in turning off after the drill was powered down. This is exactly the operation a Kreg Jig user would want. I now have a “working switch” that will control my shop vac each time I pull the trigger on my Dewalt drill.

As a side note ….. I have also purchased an ” i-socket ” tool & vacuum switch from Woodcrafters. This device is supposed to do the same thing. It should arrive some time next week.

Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate your help.

-- Steve, New Mexico, USA

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 03:14 AM

Take a look at Sears. They have the Craftsman Auto Switch for 19.99. Works for me and I saved 20.00 bucks.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 03:18 AM

Something like this,240,41065&ap=1

Let you turn the DC on/off manually. It also let you use a tool which draws higher current by using 2 circuits, which is handy since running a table saw + a DC will usually trip a 15A circuit

-- Ed

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 03:22 PM

I bought 3 Sears switches for $20.00 each about a year ago.
They have a delay that lets the vaccums run an extra 6-7 seconds after you power down and a an outlett for a light if you need it too.


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#4 posted 01-15-2010 03:17 AM

Hi Guys (and Ladies if appropriate),

I went to Sears today and bought their switch. However, I have encountered a problem.

I can power my electric drill using the switch.
When I activate the drill, I expect my RIGID shop vacuum to come on. It does not.

For the moment, my primary intended use is shop vac with my Kreg K3 Master jig.

Could it be that a drill is not “large enough” to trip the sensors in the Sears switch.

To be honest, I have NOT yet tried to work it with my table or mitre saw.

Anyone have any insights????

-- Steve, New Mexico, USA

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 03:41 AM

Make sure it is set up correctly, then try a bigger load. If it doesn’t work, get another. Good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 04:10 AM

You have to turn the vacuum switch to on and plug it in???
If that’s not it then return it.


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#7 posted 01-18-2010 03:35 AM

I have/use the iSocket (from Rockler). Works great … use it to turn on the dust collector when using my tablesaw, bandsaw, and router.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-18-2010 04:17 AM

I think I will like the i-socket too. It has the hook to put a screw into the electric socket. Hopefully it will not fall out of the plug. It will have a little weight on it between an extension cord and the drill cord.

-- Steve, New Mexico, USA

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