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JAY Made

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141 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: harbor freight dust collector remote

So I want to get a remote for my HF 2hp DC. I was wondering what you guys use?

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Cole Tallerman

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#1 posted 141 days ago

Look for christmas light remotes. They are cheap and work well. If cost isn’t much of a barrier and you have a whole system, you might want to look at the long ranger: http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/longrangermultigatesystem110v.aspx

It fires up right as you open the blast gate.

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WhyMe

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#2 posted 141 days ago

I have the HF dust collector and I’m looking at getting this remote… http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LR110-3.html?prodpage=1LR

Even though the switch is listed at 1.5HP, the 2HP on the HF DC is just a marketing ploy and does not have a real 2HP motor. I don’t think you’ll ever find a remote switch that’s listed as 110V 2HP.

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JAY Made

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#3 posted 141 days ago

@ Cole

When looking for Christmas light remotes what specifications should I be looking for?

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ADHDan

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Most Christmas light remotes aren’t rated to handle the amp draw of the HF DC. I used this one for a long time and it worked fine, but I worried about the amp draw (either burning the switch or harming the DC): http://www.amazon.com/Woods-13569-Indoor-Wireless-Control/dp/B003ZTWYXY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397237449&sr=8-1&keywords=outlet+remote.

I’ve subsequently switched to this one, http://www.ebay.com/itm/130891570845?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649, which is rated for 15 amps. Strangely, even though the lower-amp switch worked fine the entire time I used it the 15-amp switch stopped working after two days. But I don’t know if that was due to the amp draw, or if it was just a bad switch (the seller has a replacement out in the mail).

Either way, I’m only using a “Christmas light” type switch temporarily; I’m hoping to get a Long Ranger for Father’s Day.

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eldercop

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#5 posted 141 days ago

I’ve used the Long Ranger in 220v for my Tempest cyclone probably 10 years now. Not a lick of trouble, extremely handy only a battery about every president or so.

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WhyMe

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#6 posted 141 days ago

I should have responded to Cole’s suggestion. All I can say is do not use a Christmas light remote. The switch is not rated for motor use. Motors have a large start-up amp draw where as lights are just a straight resistive load.

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Jeff82780

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#7 posted 141 days ago

I alsk use a remote that is for christmas lights. I paid 14 dollars and home depot. A lot better than 80 dollars at my local woodcraft.

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squaretree

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#8 posted 141 days ago

I’m using the one from woodcraft, 220volt 2hp. I think it cost around $90. Money well spent.

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#9 posted 141 days ago

This is the one I use and have been very happy with it. I got it from Rocklers when on sale. Sure saves me a lot of steps.

You should work the manual switch ever so often when you have a remote on for a piece of equipment. Just switch it on and off several time once and a while. This helps get dust off the inside contacts. I read this some where and it happen ton me. The switch quit working. Not the remote but the switch on the dust collector. Probably blowing it out every once in a while with the compressor would work also.

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crank49

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#10 posted 141 days ago

Well, I have used a Christmas light remote for three years now on my HF 2HP dust collector. Folks on here here keep saying they won’t work, but mine has. And if it fries tomorrow I guess I’ll splurge and waste another $7.50 and get another one.

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#11 posted 141 days ago

I use the PSI Long Range DC Remote. The Amazon price is a little cheaper than what was posted above by WhyMe. And Amazon offers free shipping with this purchase, that’s where I purchased mine.

http://www.amazon.com/PSI-Woodworking-LR110-3-110-Volt-Collector/dp/B00004S9AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397246143&sr=8-1&keywords=long+range+dust+collector+remote

Here’s my Harbor Freight DC and project link if you want to check it out
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99119

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WhyMe

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#12 posted 140 days ago

I didn’t say a Christmas light remote wouldn’t work. It’s just not built to handle the high start up loads of a motor. One day it may go poof, or may be not. I just don’t advise using an electrical switch that’s not motor rated.

crank49 – Well, I have used a Christmas light remote for three years now on my HF 2HP dust collector. Folks on here here keep saying they won’t work, but mine has. And if it fries tomorrow I guess I’ll splurge and waste another $7.50 and get another one.

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WhyMe

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#13 posted 140 days ago

kdc68, the Amazon $55 price for the Long Ranger I believe is only the receiver. It’s odd that the info for what’s included only states the receiver. I assume you did get the remote with it for that price. I just question this because I’ve been bit by Amazon by not getting what the picture shows. The Penn State site even though more money they do say the transmitter is included.

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kdc68

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#14 posted 140 days ago

WhyMe...My order with Amazon came with both the receiver (outlet) and one remote…..I compared prices offered by Penn State and others and the winner was Amazon for the lowest cost and free shipping

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 140 days ago

Or… instead of getting a wireless remote and carrying it with you. Get some electrical conduit and run a wire up the wall and to a location on the ceiling that is sort of centrally located in your shop around the power tools connected to the DC. Put a switch in a box hanging down or on the ceiling if it’s low.

Just another, maybe less expensive alternative.

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