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.