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ichbinpete

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09-12-2013 03:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector remote control power

Hi All

Was recently looking at remotes for my dust collector because i’m tired of walking over to turn it on. the ones i have found seemed pretty expensive (~$70) for pretty basic technology so I thought why not look at ebay and see if any of the foreign ebay’ers were selling anything similar. so no I come here asking for your guy’s (and gal’s) oppinion on these options. Mind you, i’m running a 3hp Powermatic DC off a dedicated 220 circuit pulling 15A.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/wireless-remote-control-socket-switch-1000M-F-110V-220V-water-pump-pc-lamp-fan-/261281249934

or maybe this one with my own enclosure around it:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220v-Lighting-Wireless-Remote-Control-3-Pack-Way-Electric-Outlet-Switch-module-/281165116660

I’m sure these are insufficient, but thought I would see if anyone else had a thought

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copcarcollector

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#1 posted 09-12-2013 03:19 AM

I bought the Wood River 220V version for my Grizzly 3HP unit. I had originally purchased the PSI version from Grizzly but the specs on the box said 2 or 2.5HP, mine was higher so I sent the Grizzly back and got the Wood River. Also got an extra remote, it is handy to have one on the table saw and one on the router table!

The Wood River is about 90 bucks at Woodcraft. Money well spent I think as I don’t have to walk over to my dust collector, which is on the other side of a shop wall!

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Pete_Jud

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#2 posted 09-12-2013 03:33 AM

I was given the grizzly one a few years ago from one of my kids, Love it, saves me up to a 30 ft walk to turn on the switch. I keep one remote on the table saw fence, close to the router tables, and the other remote on the planner and next to the jointer.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 09-12-2013 12:14 PM

I used a Long Ranger for almost 10 years before I dropped the remote once too often ontot the concrete and it quit working. I wanted something a little less expensive, so I bought a Shop Fox (these are for a 2.5HP DC). The SF was a piece of junk; within a year the outlet where you plug the DC failed and it couldn’t be fixed. But I had upgraded to a 5 HP motor anyway, so I bought a 240V/40 amp contact er, enclosed it in an outdoor electrical box, and a $10 remote light switch to engage the coil. I’ve used this now for about 8 years, and have replaced the light switch remote 3 times, at $10-$15 each I don’t mind I keep a spare on hand. You can get the contacter from almost any industrial supply, like MSC, Grainger, McMaster or most electrical supplies. Even CV sells them run about $30. The box will be $10, and whatever wiring costs to hook it up. So for less than the plug and play units you have a set up that will last a very, very long time. Here’s a pic of what mine looks like: that little gray box on the wall. One caveat: you will need 120V service somewhere nearby for the light switch, or pull the juice from one leg of the 240V DC power. The small wireon the bottom of the box is the lead from the light switch.

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REO

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 12:57 PM

+1 for freds response. you can use the cheap remote for the primary and hook in a secondary contactor to take the load. most of the systems out there do or did require wiring a secondary contactor for 220 operation anyway.

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ichbinpete

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 01:41 PM

that is perfect and exactly what i was looking for. I ran my own electrical in the garage so i know my way around and it’s external conduit so i have access to everything.\

That said, htinking about it, I may just build my own plug and play unit so i dont have to splice or dice any of the current run. There’s nothing wrong with building this in a “mobile” box that simply plugs plugs in to an outlet and has a female that takes the DC plug right?

Any leads on the wireless light remote, or can i just go to the local BORG and get one

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toolie

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 02:37 PM

i use these:

http://www.ivacswitch.com/index.action

if determined to use a remote control, here’s a pretty good set of instructions:

http://www.beautifulwood.net/html/wireless_dc.html

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REO

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#7 posted 09-12-2013 02:40 PM

Great link Toolie!

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 09-12-2013 02:48 PM

There’s no reason to not do what you suggested (the mobile box) especially if it saves you some re-wiring. In the pic I posted, the whole thing is hard wired, but when we moved I put a 240V/30amp outlet in and put a plug on the box, so it plugs in. The DC is still hard wired into the box, but it could easily be a plug. But if you need 30 amps, check the price of the plugs and receptacles first (ouch!).

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Planeman40

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 05:58 PM

A few months back there was another thread like this from a guy who used A Woods Outdoor Remote (http://www.amazon.com/Woods-32555-Outdoor-Control-Converter/dp/B001Q9EFUK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1379008132&sr=8-4&keywords=wireless+remote+control) on his vacuum system and said it worked like a charm. Taking his advice, I bought the same one noted above for my 110V large Delta vacuum. I super-glued the on-off module to a large magnet and stuck it beside the table saw on-off button. Its convenient to hit the vacuum button just before hitting the saw button. It really works well!!!

The Woods unit is heavily built and has no trouble at all starting and running the large Delta vacuum motor. How they can sell it for $10.00 is a mystery to me.

Planeman

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brtech

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#10 posted 09-12-2013 06:51 PM

I have the Woods unit on my HF DC. Works great. Using a contactor on that would be great. The Woods unit has good range, the remote is reasonably sized, buttons aren’t too small. About the only problem I’ve had with mine is I was doing a job on a bench top drill press where I had the table set very high. High enough that when I leaned in, it mashed the button on the remote that was in my top apron pocket and the DC turned on! Surprise.

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ichbinpete

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 06:56 PM

I wonder if they have a 220V versions

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#12 posted 09-12-2013 10:38 PM

My only contribution is +1 on the shop fox being junk FWIW after one year the buttons broke on both remotes.

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Jackietreehorn

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#13 posted 09-12-2013 10:52 PM

I used a home automation (x10) remote control. Works fine but I’m running 110, granted like mentioned above, you could use to trigger contacter.

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Shawn Masterson

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#14 posted 09-13-2013 03:22 AM

I use a contact relay and the cheap remotes to power on my DC, and RPC. The remote has 3 receivers and 1 remote I think it was $15. Wire the relay to a machine and use the remote to trip the relay. So from 1 remote I can turn on either DC (I have 2) and the RPC from any where in the shop.

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