|Forum topic by mcg1990||posted 02-13-2015 01:43 AM||870 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
02-13-2015 01:43 AM
I’ve finally amassed all the large tools I need and now the only thing holding me back is lack of dust collection.
I’m going for the HF 2hp – it’s powerful, has incredible reviews and the 20% coupon means it’s only $167. My shop is only 22’ x 13’ so it’s power should be mooore than sufficient throughout the shop.
I’m planning (i.e. mind can be changed per adice) on 4” hose to permanently hook up to my table saw, jointer and planer, and of course I need to allow for future purchases – I’m assuming/hoping it’s as easy as cutting the hose and adding a junction for the extra hose and blast gate. Am I right on this? Then, I may also have another length ‘dangling’ around my workbench for quick hook-ups to hand-held sanders etc.
So with that out of the way – is there really a simple way to automate the start-up of your dust collection unit? My walls aren’t up yet so I can easily add some wiring. Some people advocate remote switches, but they’re very expensive. Others say you can wire in some kind of relay that detects when your stationary tool has started up and then the DC kicks in. This is what I would like.
If anyone here has done something equivalent please chime in with your advice. I don’t really care about how long it takes to install, so long as it’s not incredibly expensive. I wired my shop myself and I’ve not killed myself yet so I’d say I’m proficient enough for the task. Any links to affordable materials/components would be much appreciated.
Thanks for any/all input!