DIY remote for HF dust collector?

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Does anyone happen to have step-by-step instructions for making a remote switch for the HF 2hp dust collector? For a while I’ve been using a basic “Christmas light”-style remote from Amazon, but it’s only rated for 13 amps and I’m worried about damage to my DC. My electronics work so far has been limited to installing a few outlets and wiring an overhead light switch, so I’m looking for a guide that doesn’t assume the reader has much background knowledge. Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 03:21 PM

You could drive a relay from the Christmas light plug that can handle the amperage. I have driven a relay just using an old wall transformer from a cell phone charger.

This might work.

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 03:23 PM

I wouldn’t worry about damaging your DC so much as overloading that switch and causing a fire.

The HF 2HP DC is a 20 amp motor, and the HP rating is a bit overblown. Most dust collector remote controls for 110V such as the Long Ranger are rated to handle 20 amps, although they are also rated for 1.5HP not 2. However if you search here you will see a LOT of folks use them with the HF DC for years on end with no issues. My recent remodel / reconfiguration of my shop has me seriously considering a remote for my HF DC, and I will likely go with a Long Ranger…

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 03:38 PM

Ok, time to reveal my naiveté: I’m on board with using a relay and transformer from an old cell phone charger, but I don’t know what to do. (I like the Long Ranger but I don’t want to spend $60 if I can make something for $10-$15.)

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 03:39 PM

There is a 15 amp remote on e-bay for $15. I bought one after someone pointed it out (here, I think) and as I recall they were using it on the HF DC. I bought for my 13 amp HVLP. The one I have appears to be of good quality, and the extra buttons on the remote aren’t a problem.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 03:42 PM

That looks perfect. I think we have a winner.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 03:44 PM

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 03:47 PM

Ron, I think I could have deciphered that given some time but I just picked up this: I’ll use one for my DC and the other for my shop-vac. Thanks everyone for the replies!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 03:50 PM

Are you looking exclusively for something wireless? If not, MrRon’s schematic couldn’t be any better.

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