Shop Vac "auto-on" Question

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Forum topic by pete79 posted 04-07-2011 07:26 PM 1867 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2011 07:26 PM

I like the idea of getting one of those outlets that will automatically turn on your dust collection/shop vac when you turn on a certain tool. I happen to run my tools on a different outlet AND line from what my shop vac runs on. I’m curious if anyone knows how you would set up an auto on/off for the vac in that situation? I don’t know much of anything about this, so maybe it’s really simple?

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 08:01 PM

Pete, I don’t know if it would work for you or not but when I run my tools (sander, router, etc) and shop vac hooked into a power strip with an on/off switch. I use the switch on the power strip to control the on/off operations of the tool and shop vac.

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 08:03 PM

Pete, you might want to check out this discussion:

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 08:47 PM

You can PM me is that doesn’t answer your questions.

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 10:18 PM

This link is for a power switch with two input lines. This is a common requirement for when the combined load of two devices exceed the capacity of a single circuit.

There are, most likely, many other sources for this device, but I happened to be looking at it in Woodcraft the other day so I knew they had it.

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