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Kaleb the Swede

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11-01-2013 09:40 PM

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I found this thing at my local lowes in the seasonal section. It is used to turn on outdoor lights. Three different outlets fit in it. I put one in my shop vac and one in my 1 hp dust collector. Now I can turn them on with a touch of a button from anywhere in the garage. I realize this wont work for bigger dust collectors but if you have a small one like me it works just fine. And for those of you with a shop vac it works great. Three different selectors for 19.99. Last I checked to get a remote control start for a dust collector or shop vac at woodcraft it cost close to 70 bucks. This one runs three things for 20. Thought some of you would like to know.

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MarkwithaK

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 10:27 PM

Very interesting. What’s the max amp rating on something like that?

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 10:31 PM

15 amps. Guess I should’ve said that. It’s not for something big, but it works for the smaller stuff

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 10:35 PM

I used something like this for a while and it works great for smaller systems. One thing though is always remember to turn off or unplug the dust collector and shop vac when you are done. I had mine turn on in the middle of the night when I forgot to do that once. Not sure if it was just random RF noise or a issue with the unit but I guess it’s a good thing it happened when I was home.

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 10:43 PM

I use the same unit works great .

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 11:39 PM

Thanks for the info !

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 02:10 AM

Thanks Swede

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 04:19 AM

Do you know the sku?
I’m having a rough time finding it on lowe’s website.

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 04:39 AM

I use a similar one…the remote is on a key fob though. I have three separate receptacles so I can plug them into wall receptacles on different branch circuits

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 01:01 PM

I looked on the website also nitewalker but didn’t see it. It was right in the seasonal section at lowes however.

http://t.homedepot.com/p/Heath-Zenith-Outdoor-Remote-Kit-SL-6139-D/100654967

This is one at Home Depot that may work.

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 01:51 PM

I’m off to lowes this morning to pickup some plywood. I’ve always wanted one of these remotes.

Thanks for the tip.

-- Nicky

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 06:26 PM

You could get an inexpensive relay and wire it into the remote. The contacts on the relay would be sized to operate a larger motor, even 220 V. Look in Grainger for relays.

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#12 posted 11-02-2013 09:00 PM

Wait and go back the week after Christmas and they sell for $10.
I bought two last year.

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 09:08 PM

I use one like this on my 5 HP cyclone, wired as MrRon suggests. I have remotes positioned near each of my major tools.

The suggestion to unplug it is a good one. In the last couple years, I have had mine turn on spontaneously a hand full of times. I have tried all three of the frequencies that it supports and it still turns on from time to time. The culprit is garage door openers. Its strange that a garage door opener would trigger it occasionally; I would think it would either do it, or not do it. My garage door opener has triggered it a couple times, and other times it could have been something else but I am guessing that it was my one of my neighbors’ garage door opener.

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#14 posted 11-02-2013 09:13 PM

I bought a HD model a few years ago that came with 3 different receivers, only one key pad, for about 15 bucks. The only occasional problem I have with it is that it’s plugged into a ground fault receptacle and it will trip the built in breaker. A walk across the shop remedies the situation.

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