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Forum topic by Sawkerf posted 975 days ago 2447 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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975 days ago

So, what’s a good DC remote switch? One of the transmitters for my Shop Fox 220v unit broke (the microswitch broke) and Shop Fox doesn’t sell replacements. Apparently, that is a fairly common problem with the Shop Fox units.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 975 days ago

My transmitter didn’t break, but the outlet on the receiver box fell apart. For a good industrial switch at a reasonable cost, here’s what I did. I bought a 240V relay, and wired it in. These relays have a 120V coil in them to close the contacts. I bought a large outdoor gray plastic box at Lowes to house the relay. To switch the relay on/off you need a 120V remote, and one of those $10 light switches works just fine. Now when my remote goes bad, I change the switch out and am back in business. So the total was $35 (relay) $10 (enclosure) and $10 (switch). The switches are so cheap I keep a spare in the shop in case another one fails. If there’s a downside to this system, it’s that you need a 120V outlet near your DC power to use the light switch. But it’s a lot more robust than the commercial systems. If you still want to just replace your commercial unit, I used a Long Ranger for about 11 years before I bought the Shop Fox. It appeared to be a lot better made. I dropped the remote onto the concrete once too often and had to replace it.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#2 posted 975 days ago

I used this one from grizzley before I upgraded to a 5 hp dust collector and loved it.

Shop fox makes these as well. Just google “shop fox remote control dust collector” One that comes in this search is Highland Woodworking

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 974 days ago

I should have mentioned in my earlier post, when you go to the link I put there, the realy is at the bottom of the page; last item.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#4 posted 974 days ago

I bought mine from PenState. It works great It is 14 years old ,Stwiching great.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#5 posted 974 days ago

I did away with the magnetic switch from the two of my large dust collectors, ( i should say bypassed not did away with) and wired them both into a new switch on the front of my saw.I now can switch the top dust collector hood which I made and the rear dust port between them removes most dust from my big new saw. I can of course refit them to my thicknesser e planer etc whenever I need it. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 974 days ago

Second the PennState Industries 220vac remote. I’ve had mine running since 1998 on a 2400 CFM delta 4-bag dust collector and it has worked great.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#7 posted 973 days ago

I hae that same Grizzly remote and it works fine for me.

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#8 posted 973 days ago

BTW, I just got the PSI Long Ranger system hooked up. Very, very cool. It allowed me to replace my plastic blast gates with higher quality steel ones and the relay automatically turns on the DC when I open a gate.

Highly recommended.

-- jay,

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#9 posted 973 days ago

Thanks for all of the replies. I had an interesting discussion with the Customer Service and Tech Support folks who told me that Shop Fox is looking for a different manufacturer for their remote units. Apparently, there have been several quality issues (particularly the microswitch failures) for some time.

I also talked to the store where I bought the unit and they told me that they have a couple in stock, but don’t recommend them. They’ve had several annoyed customers with broken transmitters who got pretty upset when they found out that they had to replace the whole unit instead of just the transmitter.

Shop Fox doesn’t sell replacement transmitters because the transmitter codes are programmed into the units at the factory and can’t be changed. They want to go to DIP switches (like in garage door openers) so replacement transmitters can be coded in the field.

I’ve decided to go with the Long Ranger unit which seems to be more robust than the Shop Fox unit. It will cost more, but if it holds up, it will be worth it.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#10 posted 150 days ago

I have the Shop Fox 110v remote. It came with two transmitters and both stopped working shortly after I got them. I couldn’t find any replacements so I took them apart and discovered that the tiny ‘On-Off’ switches had gone bad. I replaced them with mini-micro SPDT toggle switches and now they’re working fine.

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#11 posted 150 days ago

I have one from Rockler, that has been with me for some time. Had no problem with it, but the switch on my dust collector that is hooked to it went out. Then the switch on my router quit, it is hooked into another switch mounted on the outside of the router table. What I figure is the original switches don’t get used and therefore dust gathers in side the switch more so than a switch that is turned off and on occasionally. Like the turning off and on does some cleaning. So now I “exercise” those switches occasionally. That my theory and I’m sticking to it!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 150 days ago

About the grizzly remote. How far away from the box can you be to get the remote to work? I’m looking for a way to turn on a 220 floor heater in my shop without having to go out to my shop. About 100’ away. Someone told me about a remote relay but I just don’t know anything about that.

-- LAS,

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