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04-05-2011 10:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: electric remote control for dust collector

I know very little about electricity. I want to learn enough to be safe about some things, but that’s about it. I figure that the less I know, the less I’ll have to do. Besides I have a brother that’s pretty good at it and it gives us a reason to get together every now and then. He works and I watch.

I do have a question though. Last Christmas, I noticed that my Mom had some outdoor decorations that were controlled by a remote control. She could turn all the stuff on and off from inside the house, without having to go out it the cold. It was just a plastic box that plugged into the outlet and the decorations plugged into the box. A small remote control controlled everything. Could something like this be used to control a dust collector in the shop? This may sound like a dumb question to some of you guys, but like I said, I know very little about electricity. Any help will be appreciated.

- JJ

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 10:39 PM

JuniorJock, there are products which exist which are made for a shop environment that do exactly this. You can get the remote controlled kind or you can get the kind which detects when your tool comes on and automatically starts the DC.

This is the one I have,42401&ap=1 but I would recommend the a remote version if you have stationary DC with duct work.

I found this one on the rockler website.

I have remotes in my house from but I would not trust these in a shop enviroment. They are for lights and appliances.

Hope this helps.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 10:41 PM

Note there is no electrical work required. Plug the switch into the wall and plug the DC to the switch. Even a fool like me can do it. LOL

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 10:44 PM

Thanks Rex. I guess I should have said that I knew about the remotes that are available for this purpose. But, I’m cheap…... Woodcraft sells one for about $70. I’m sure that there are some that cost less, but I think the one my Mom was using cost less than $10.
- JJ

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 10:51 PM

I see what you mean. If the one your mom uses is rated for outdoor use then it should be properly sealed thefore should be able to handle shop dust. The other question would be can it handle the high amperage a DC will spike at when it starts. Do you happen to get the brand/model of your moms?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 10:54 PM

No, I really didn’t look at it that close, Rex. I was ordering a few things from Rockler today (last day of free shipping) and noticed the remote they sell and that made me think about the other one.
- JJ

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 11:03 PM

I use one of the cheap remotes to control my DC but it was not a simple plug-and-go installation. As Rex said the DC motor rating will likely be higher than the remote can handle. Mine was considerably mis-matched. I solved the problem by having the remote device control a low power relay which in turn controlled the DC with its high current contacts. It has been very convenient and trouble free.

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 11:04 PM

I use one like this from Ace Hardware. I have a Clearvue that runs on 220, so this turns on/off the relay that runs on 110.

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 11:16 PM

I recently set up exactly what you are describing, here’s my review.

I wouldnt recommend this for anything over a 1hp dust collector, it’s just too much power for these devices which are designed for small appliances and lighting, in that case, it is definitely worth the money for the specially made ones from woodcraft, rockler,etc.

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 11:29 PM

I purchased the Power Pack Pro after reading drewnahant’s review. Thanks for the heads up! Great deal!

My DC is a 2hp from HF. I checked the amps with an amp probe and found that it pulls 13 amps. That may be because it’s vented outside and there is no back pressure from the bags. YMMV
At any rate, the Power Pack Pro works like a champ! I super glued a magnet to the back of the remote and carry it to my machines and stick it on a metal surface. Saves me many steps.

We had no need for the little white 10 amp receptacles, so I gave them to a fellow in a wheel chair.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 12:10 AM

Sounds like the one I use on my shop vac. It works fine for me, but as others have posted if I were to get a much better DC system I would connect it to a low voltage relay as mentioned.

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#11 posted 04-06-2011 04:22 AM

I bought my remote control from Grizzly for around 40$ and it has worked well for several years.My favorite feature is that it comes with to remote controls with attqched clips.I keep one clipped to the table saw and on by the router table.I quit wearing it clipped to my shirt when my daughter thought it was a “help Ive fallen and cant get up device”!

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#12 posted 04-06-2011 05:03 AM

X10 is a standard typically used in homes for remote control of lights, appliances and other things needing electricity. You can control X10 devices by timer, computer, wireless remotes and probably other ways. The x10 modules can be outlets, lights switches, light bulb inserts, wired inline, modules plugged into outlets, 110V, or 220V.

I’ve been using this X10 outlet which is 110V, 20Amp to turn on and off my HF 2hp dust collector. This was the best valued X10 receptacle that I could find with enough oomph (20 amp) to handle the dust accumulator.

Here is a link to the X10 wireless remote and reciever that I’m using.
The total cost of both items is around $45.

I’ve used this a lot for about 6 months and they work great, though others have complained about them stop working after awhile. 2 caveats; never plug a power tool into them and when you are done for the day, turn the dust collector’s power switch off. I’ve had it come on once without me sending a signal and several times the outlet will be energized in the morning following an evening when I had left the outlet not-energized (if that makes sense). Simple rule; when you leave the shop, power off the dust collector’s switch.

Good luck with whatever direction you go.

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#13 posted 04-06-2011 09:44 AM

If anyone needs a remote for 220 Volt DC,Shop Fox D3346 220-Volt 20-Amp Dust Collector Remote Switch
List Price: $49.00 Price: $37.52 & eligible for free shipping At Amazon
Well !! I was thinking of buying this and posted it here ,upon further ,investigation and reviews I don’t think I will buy
PSI Woodworking Products LR220-3 220V Long Ranger Dust Collector Switch
Price: $56.65 & eligible for free shipping . Well Maybe this one

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#14 posted 04-06-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks for all of the advice. I’ll let everyone know what I decide to go with and how it works out.
- JJ

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