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Forum topic by SteveM posted 2587 days ago 977 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SteveM

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2587 days ago

Hi fellow dusty people. I’m reasonably happy with my dust collection system which is 4”, grounded PVC piped to various gated drops around the shop connected to a Grizzly 220V 2HP vac with a cyclone just before the “stuff” hits the impeller. Its controlled by a wireless remote from Woodcraft.

The problem is the vac is located outside the shop (by choice for noise, space and exhaust) and I sometimes forget to shut it off. I installed a light in the shop and had hoped to hook it to the motor such that it would go on when they system is on. Problem is that the electricity “bleeds” through so when I hook the light to the neutral and either leg of the 220, the light is on. Happens at the switched side of the remote and at the motor.

Any thoughts? Thanks!!


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Karson

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#1 posted 2587 days ago

Steve Try to get a 220 volt relay. So when the 220 is flowing the relay closes a switch that will turn on your light.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bill

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#2 posted 2586 days ago

Too bad you could not hook a timer up to the dust collector. Then set it to shut down at 6:00 PM each night or when you wanted to. Then at least it would be off.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Drew1House

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#3 posted 2586 days ago

Or a timer that shuts it off 10 minutes after you turn it on each time… that might be possible…

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Obi

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#4 posted 2586 days ago

I like Bill’s idea… set a timer

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2586 days ago

I wonder if you could get a noise sensor…you could get a motion detector, maybe a motion detector that triggers a timer. I have a just about the same problem with my air compressor.

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SteveM

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#6 posted 2586 days ago

I just KNEW you folks would think of creative ideas. Think I’ll frist try the 220v relay as I’m forever turning it on and off at various hours of the day and night. Will let you know results.

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SteveM

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#7 posted 2578 days ago

Just an update – the relay idea made sense to me (former mechanical engineer so what do I know). but not to 3 local electricians. Then I tried it anyhow and it didn’t work. Something to do with the induction motor or the starter I was told. Will post further attempts.

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Obi

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#8 posted 2578 days ago

Timer… when you turn on your saw, planer, router table, whatever, turn on the dc for however long… eventually it will shut itself off

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oscorner

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#9 posted 2577 days ago

You could always make yourself a sign to put on the door of your shop that reminds you, ” turn off the dust collection”, so that you’ll remember to hit the remote to turn it off on the way out.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Karson

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#10 posted 2577 days ago

Or tell your wife top remind you every time you come into the house. LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2577 days ago

the sign should work.
.. here’s a trick I use to ensure that I don’t leave some place without my purse – I always put my keys in the purse. That way I can’t leave!
So.. maybe putting something by the switch that you will have to take out of the shop with you when you leave…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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frank

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#12 posted 2577 days ago

Hi SteveM;
—-yes, according to Debbie’s idea, just leave your wallet by the switch and then you’ll be unable to buy any new tools….this should get you in the habit of remembering to turn the switch off.

Not sure if this will work or not, but what about installing a buzzer on the door or an electronic trip light at the door to automatically shut the dust collection off or sound a buzzer?
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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shack

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#13 posted 2576 days ago

Could you install a switch at each location so when ever you use something that needs the vac you turn them both on and off. You can also wire it to any machines switches that are 220 volts so it comes on with them.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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