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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-26-2016 12:57 AM 511 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2016 12:57 AM

Anyone here have experience with the Ivac automatic blast gates?
Do you recommend them? Any other advice?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 02-26-2016 01:24 PM

I did a lot of research and went with Grngate. I did a review almost two years ago and I’ll post a link. Its a great system. The reason I went with it was simplicity. It’s wiring uses ethernet cables and so if you need differing lenghts you can just get it. I have multiple automatic gates and two switched gates. One for my shared line for a couple stations that is shared and a chopsaw location as you would not want that on your SCMS due to the sheer number of on/off’s. All my other tools including a 3 phase planer I have work flawlessly

Two years in no issues and love it and would buy it again in a heartbeat. I just wish they had a 6” version. Spoke to the owner multiple times and is a great guy. You can get them on Amazon.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3871

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 05:58 PM

as an owner of 2 ivac switches, ill be adding the blast gates to my system in the spring. great company that makes great products. i have my ivac switches daisy chained to operate both a DC and a shop vac. the designer of the system was terrific in helping me configure my system and they even covered an ivac switch when it quit out of warranty. i believe you’ll be well satisfied with their plug and play wireless system, and all the related components.

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 11:15 PM

Thank you. I was hoping for some consensus or unanimous point of view. Looking at the Amazon ratings the grngate has a slight edge. They both look great, and are about the same $ nice to have more than one option I guess. Anyone else?

-- Ken

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 07:55 PM

Found this video , it looks very awesome.

Video

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 09:00 PM

That video has two errors in it. The first is that grounding PVC duct is a waste of time and money. There is no danger of fire, and a single piece of copper wire run down the pipe won’t dissipate the static charge. So skip that.

The other problem is that he used 90 degree elbows. That’s a no-no for DC plumbing. Either a wide sweep, or two 45s with a short piece of straight pipe is necessary to avoid significantly degrading airflow.

Is it just me or does that seem like awfully flimsy plastic for the price they are charging?

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#6 posted 03-01-2016 07:59 PM



Thank you. I was hoping for some consensus or unanimous point of view. Looking at the Amazon ratings the grngate has a slight edge. They both look great, and are about the same $ nice to have more than one option I guess. Anyone else?

- newwoodbutcher

I dunno. looking at amazon ratings, the Ivac system seems to be 5 out of 5 for 5 stars. i’ll be getting my blast gates in the spring to fully automate my 4” dust collection. also, the Ivac system isn’t dependent on different lengths of wires to connect the BGs to the tools. it’s all wireless so moving tools around a shop is completely flexible.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 03-01-2016 11:17 PM


I did a lot of research and went with Grngate. I did a review almost two years ago and I ll post a link. Its a great system. The reason I went with it was simplicity. It s wiring uses ethernet cables and so if you need differing lenghts you can just get it. I have multiple automatic gates and two switched gates. One for my shared line for a couple stations that is shared and a chopsaw location as you would not want that on your SCMS due to the sheer number of on/off s. All my other tools including a 3 phase planer I have work flawlessly

Two years in no issues and love it and would buy it again in a heartbeat. I just wish they had a 6” version. Spoke to the owner multiple times and is a great guy. You can get them on Amazon.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3871

- bonesbr549

iVAC does have 6” and 4” metal version blastgates for commercial and schools. Besides, the wireless capability will allow you to use a remote control too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvrT0P5WVU8

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