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I have been using a cheep remote to start my 2hp Harbor Freight dust collector for months. Well, it finally cratered. It wouldn't turn the motor on or off. I guess something in the piece that plugs into the receptacle failed. This is the second time it has failed. The remote operates three separate pieces of equipment and the other one runs a box fan which has a filter mounted on the inlet side.

The switch on the motor is hard to reach as is the receptacle, which is a dedicated 20 amp circuit that an electrician ran for me.

So, this afternoon, I decided to do something about my situation. Instead of paying $80 or more for a real remote, I decided to hard wire it.

I bought 25 feet of 12/3 SO cord and made an extension cord. I mounted a conduit box on one leg of my work bench with a 20 amp switch so I can turn the dust collector on and off from that one spot. It is in a good location, because both of my blast gates are located just below it. One is connected to the table saw and the other is open ended (with a gate of course). I hook up a hose to the planer, sander or band saw from that single connector. It is a simple matter of lining up which gate I need and flip the switch.

So, I am back up and running...with a lot less aggravation.

The best part of this little modification is it was free! My daughter had given me a gift card to Lowe's for Father's Day and I had a $10 off card for purchases over $50.
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What and no pics? J/k

Mike I wasn't aware there was a remote for starting tools? I guess if I could start the dust extraction unit before my TS or other tools there would be less of an initial surge

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Mike I wasn't aware there was a remote for starting tools? I guess if I could start the dust extraction unit before my TS or other tools there would be less of an initial surge
There are several. Rockler sells one that you plug your tool and dust collector into and they both start. That won't work for me because I hook up to different tools. I guess it would be nice to have a dedicated shop vac for a router table or miter saw and operate both that way.

Then there is another one but I forgot what it is called...Lone Ranger maybe? Maybe someone else can chime in with what they use.
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I believe it's called Long Ranger

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That's it. Thanks Doug.
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Mike I wasn't aware there was a remote for starting tools? I guess if I could start the dust extraction unit before my TS or other tools there would be less of an initial surge
Master/slave switches are available, I have one for each major tool, when the tool is switched on the dust collector automatically switches on. OR, you could buy a companion dust collector to match your new router which has a built-in master/slave switch. This is the Aussie site, I'm sure they are cheaper where you are.

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Lone Ranger

I have the 110v model with 2 remotes.
They work well (until the batteries die).

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I have been using these for a while, and even sent Jerry one for his 2HP dust collector in his shop. They work extremely well for ONE piece of equipment at a time. You can't expect them to turn on three different pieces of equipment at one time. These are rated at 1625 watts, a 2hp motor pulls 1492 watts. Because it has 3 outlets doesn't mean it can handle more than the rated wattage. As soon as they say it is for woodworking, the price quadruples, and the dependability usually plummets. At $10 these are so cheap they can almost be considered expendable.

http://www.amazon.com/Woods-32555-Ou...control+outlet

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I took a picture of my set up. As you can see, I installed a 4 inch square conduit box on my work bench. Then I ran my shop made extension cord to it from the far wall, through a switch, and back to the dust collector. The only two blast gates I have are directly below the switch so everything is in one place and easy to get to.

I have used it a lot today and all seems to be working out OK.
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Mike the guy where I bought my GI dust collection system recommended I install a ground wire to the hose to avoid being shocked from a static charge . I didn't bothered and haven't got any kind of a shock that I've noticed while handling the 4" hose when it's running .
Maybe I'm already charged?
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