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Forum topic by Woodchuck2010 posted 11-12-2016 12:54 AM 918 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodchuck2010

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11-12-2016 12:54 AM

Even though my shop is small, it’s nice to have a remote for the collector. About 8 months ago I bought one of those remotes that people use for lamps or christmas lights. I thought I’d try it on my DC. It’s been working great! It was just hooked up to my table saw originally. I have since hooked it to my router table also. I went and bought another identical remote. It works on the same frequency so I can turn the DC on and off from my router or table saw. Very convenient. Just thought I’d share so someone else might want to try it too.

-- Chuck, Michigan,


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#1 posted 11-12-2016 11:47 AM

Thanks, Chuck! Could you please elaborate a little bit on the brand of the remote and which dust collector you have?

Thanks,

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 02:33 PM

Hey SuperCubber. I’ve actually used a couple different types and they both worked well. The one that I have hooked up now to my 2hp harbor freight D.C. , is made by Woods. Model #59781. I bought it at Menards. I liked it so much, that I bought another for a light I have upstairs. I discovered that when I turned the light on, my dust collector downstairs would turn on! That’s when I decided to use it at my router table also. I just used some Velcro and attached the remotes to a convenient spot on the tools. The cost was about $12 each. Hope this helps. Here’s a link. https://www.menards.com/main/electrical/light-switches-dimmers-outlets/wireless-controls/woods-plug-in-countdown-w-remote-control/p-1444426737021.htm I have a different brand hooked up to my 3 shop lights and power strip so I can turn all of the lights on at once instead of using the pull chains on each one.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 03:32 PM

Wow! That’s cool to know. Thanks for the info. I actually bought a couple myself last Christmas, actually after Christmas. Lowe’s had them for like $1 a piece. I bought 6, gave 3 away, use 1 in the shop for my shop vac/cyclone, and 2 for Christmas lights.

It has worked great for the shop vac, and I’ve wondered it it would be powerful enough for a dust collector. The HF unit is most likely in my not too distant future. Maybe I’ll pick up one of those just in case.

Thanks again!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 04:28 PM

Glad it works for you. I would be just a little concerned using a 2 hp dust collector with a switch rated at 1000 watts.

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Woodchuck2010

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#5 posted 11-12-2016 04:32 PM



Glad it works for you. I would be just a little concerned using a 2 hp dust collector with a switch rated at 1000 watts.

- Redoak49

On my actual unit it says 1800 watts. Not sure why the specs on the web site says 1000.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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WhyMe

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#6 posted 11-12-2016 08:20 PM

Let us know how long that remote switch lasts. The switch is rated at 15A but the HF dust collector has a startup amp surge way more than that.

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#7 posted 11-12-2016 09:06 PM



Let us know how long that remote switch lasts. The switch is rated at 15A but the HF dust collector has a startup amp surge way more than that.

- WhyMe

I am curious also. I bought a similar setup on Amazon. The remote worked fine for about 6 months, then just quit.
Yep, HF 2hp DC.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 11-12-2016 09:06 PM

Induction motor starting current is at least 3.14 bigger than the nominal current ( depending on the motor it could be 3.14 – to 22 )
So in case of Harbor Freight dust collector you have at least 20A *3.14 = 60.28 A.
That is way bigger than this device is designed for. Even though it seems to be working now I would think twice before using it.

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#9 posted 11-12-2016 09:06 PM

Here is what you need.. I use the same cheap remotes on my 3hp 240v cyclone. The link is a contact relay that is triggered by 120v. you wire the relay to turn on the DC, then wire a plug to trigger the relay. then it’s as simple as plug it into the remote. the remote triggers the relay and the relay handles the amperage the tool pulls. When the remote gives out(they’re not the greatest anyways) you just unplug it and plug in the new one. The remotes I got had 3 receivers and one remote. I have one with my small DC plugged straight in, one on me 10hp 240v rotary phase converter, and one on my 3hp 240v DC. so with 1 remote I can turn on all three as I need to from anywhere in the shop.

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#10 posted 11-12-2016 09:49 PM

It’s already been pointed out, but you have to check the capacity of these things, some of them are rated as low as 10 amps. I use Shawn’s approach on mine (5 HP) and it truly is an industrial way to get a remote for the marger machines…and cheap as well. Here's about as good a write up on building one I’ve seen. That aside, I found some of the cheap lamp remotes rated for 15 amps on e bay for about $10.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 11-12-2016 10:50 PM

Some very good links to make a remote. Unfortunately, it costs almost as much to buy the parts as to buy a 220 remote.

I use several of the remotes like was shown for small tools or vacs in my shop.

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Shawn Masterson

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#12 posted 11-23-2016 11:31 PM



Some very good links to make a remote. Unfortunately, it costs almost as much to buy the parts as to buy a 220 remote.

I use several of the remotes like was shown for small tools or vacs in my shop.

- Redoak49


Interesting POV, I only have like $40 in mine. I havent found a 240v remote in that price range.

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becikeja

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#13 posted 11-24-2016 01:28 AM

Just hook the dust collector to the main power poles of a DP contactor – you can pick this up at HD for $10. Then connect 120V to the control coil of the contactor and control that from the remote. No need to buy a 240V remote.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 11-24-2016 12:18 PM


Some very good links to make a remote. Unfortunately, it costs almost as much to buy the parts as to buy a 220 remote.

I use several of the remotes like was shown for small tools or vacs in my shop.

- Redoak49

Interesting POV, I only have like $40 in mine. I havent found a 240v remote in that price range.

- Shawn Masterson

That was my experience as well, lot less expensive and more robust….also easy to repair the thing that fails most often (the remote itself). I keep a spare on hand and if the one in use quits, just change it out.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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RandyinFlorida

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#15 posted 11-27-2016 06:25 PM

That’s what I use. Works great

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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