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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 11-09-2014 06:52 PM 812 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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11-09-2014 06:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question dust collector central machinery harbor freight motor electrical

I use the 2 hp CM dust collector attached to a remote. I used it couple of times today. Then when getting ready to make a cut on table saw—clicked the remote—nothing. I’ve plugged it in to a couple of different outlets, so that’s ruled out. The switch still seems functional (it’s flips with a hard stop, not mushy).

I don’t hear anything when power is applied.

I’m good with basic electrical, but know very little about motors. I’d appreciate any ideas.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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WhyMe

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 07:14 PM

Time to open it up and check for a bad/broken connection.

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 07:22 PM

Well . . . I was wrong about the switch. I happened to have a switch around and it works with the new switch. I went back and forth several times. Definitely the switch. Unfortunately, the switch I have is a magnetic switch—doesn’t work with a remote. But at least I know what the problem is.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 08:33 PM

Glad to know you’ve identified the problem and is fixable

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 10:44 PM

Apparently switch failure is common on this model. I couldn’t find a switch anywhere close. Since I use a remote, I just wired it directly with no switch on the motor itself.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 11-09-2014 10:47 PM

It’ll be fine with out it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 11-09-2014 11:30 PM

My little cheep remote went out so…

I used some SO cord to fabricate an extension cord. I mounted the ON/OFF switch (regular 20 amp rated switch) in a conduit box. The extension cord runs from the the outlet on the wall to the box, which is mounted between my table saw and work bench. From the box, it is plugged into the end of the cord for the dust collector.

This has worked out well for me because the DC manifold is directly underneath the switch. I can easily switch blast gates and turn on the DC easily. Ha ha, yeah, I have a small work area.

No more troubles with the little remote. This setup is also extending the life of the motor mounted switch on the DC.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 11-09-2014 11:34 PM

It feels kind of dumb to me to have a remote with my cheapy CL HF Dust Collector, but I have it stuck in a corner. I can’t even get to the switch without some work.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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