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Forum topic by Dallas posted 09-19-2012 10:01 PM 2142 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2012 10:01 PM

Just a question here to gauge the receptiveness to a couple of things a electronics engineer friend of mine is working on that he may offer for sale as either a kit, a set of simple plans with simple to acquire parts or as completely plug and play unit.

At the moment he has built a remote control for me and it’s on it’s way in the mail so I can try it out.

I should be able to use it both for 240V 1ph and 120V 1 ph. It uses any remote control you may have in your junk drawer so if you break or lose one, you can always grab the one the wife uses to watch Oprah or Dr. Oz or American Idle.

It should also have a 5 minute delay so that the unit runs for 5 minutes after you turn it and your machine off. Did I explain that right?

Would there be any interest is something like this among the LJ’s here?

A complete ready to go unit should be under $70 and a set of plans would probably run $20… These are estimated as I’m just looking at demographics for him.

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 10:19 PM

Home Depot has one designed for Christmas lights (or at least they did last year) that will work. It doesn’t have the time delay feature though, and it only works on 120v. Last year they sold for $10. Don’t know about this year yet.

It would be pretty easy to add a relay for any other voltage or higher amps.

But, $70 is not un-reasonable for a unit with all the needed features. The units at HD are the typical under priced mass produced cheap import thingy.

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 10:22 PM

I don’t see a need for it to continue to run for 5 minutes. When I use my Drum Sander which is the biggest dust maker in my shop, I only let it run for maybe 20 seconds. Other then that, the idea of being able to use any remote sounds interesting.

-- John

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 10:24 PM

iVac by MBright tools has automatic and remote versions for $45 to $67 . It turns on the vac or dust collector whenever you start the tool and runs longer to clear the ducts. 110 220 and even relay contractors for heavy loads.
Rockler Woodcraft and many others carry it.

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 02:46 AM

If I’m not mistaken, such unit is already available. As for now, I am the remote and I control how long the sucker stays on after I shut off any of my tools.

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 04:41 PM

It sounds like a good idea to me. It would be a module that the DC plugs into and controlled by a TV remote. Very interesting. The remote I’m currently using is hard wired.

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 07:13 PM

I have two of the home dept remote units that crank mentioned. They work well…...on 120v. That said, I’d probably stick with those; unless I ever got a tool that used 220v. Then-maybe.

Is it a safety issue to have the ability for ANY remote to operate the unit? I ask out of ignorance, but is it a long shot that a “rouge” remote might unintentionally actuate my tools?

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 07:17 PM

The only tool that can be activated is the one connected to the remote receiver. Whether it’s a dust collector or a table saw.

IR remotes typically have a range of 30-50 feet, and this is what will be used.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 08:10 PM

I’m not sure any of the other turnkey remotes are switchable between voltages. That may be a nice feature to sell. A lot of guys start with a 120V unit, and then upgrade…or switch the motor to 240V (if possible).

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 08:57 AM

Let me throw a wrench in here. I just bought a H.D. xmas thingy for 1/2 price(I think it was 6-7 dollars), and it works great for my 120v ShopVac. It has a radio transmitter not Infrared. That can be a big deal when things are constantly being moved around in a shop. Plus, you have to aim the RC at the receiver as IR is line-of-sight. Radio can go through walls, around corners, machinery, etc. Maybe for some, it is not an issue, but to me, it’s a deal breaker considering my shop.

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#10 posted 12-31-2012 10:46 PM

The buttons on my $70 shop fox remotes wore out… I think Your friend is in the price point.


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