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This isn't anything new to most of you but I just picked up the HF wireless remote receptacles - $20 for 3 receptacles and one remote. They're good for 15 amps each.

I was looking at the high dollar versions and then kept hearing people talk about using $7 Christmas tree light remotes or picking up $5 versions on the bargain table and I really didn't want to spend a bundle on this. But it was getting old being all set up to make cuts and then realize I had not turned on the DC or shop vac, have to put everything down, walk across the shop to turn the DC or shop vac on, and then get ready again to cut or sand.

My concern was the current draw so I checked them this morning and to my surprise the running current on the HF dust collector is 10.5 amps. My '6.5 HP' shop vac pulls 12 amps. If I recall the HF pulled nearly 12 with the 5 micron bag filter but I just changed to the Wynn 0.5 micron filter with a lot more surface area and correspondingly a bit less current draw.

I guess time will tell as to how these hold up but as of now I have one spare.

$20, not a bad deal -
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No HFs up here Dave so I can't go look at one of those so is that 3 buttons on the remote, one for each outlet?
 

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This isn't anything new to most of you but I just picked up the HF wireless remote receptacles - $20 for 3 receptacles and one remote. They're good for 15 amps each.

I was looking at the high dollar versions and then kept hearing people talk about using $7 Christmas tree light remotes or picking up $5 versions on the bargain table and I really didn't want to spend a bundle on this. But it was getting old being all set up to make cuts and then realize I had not turned on the DC or shop vac, have to put everything down, walk across the shop to turn the DC or shop vac on, and then get ready again to cut or sand.

My concern was the current draw so I checked them this morning and to my surprise the running current on the HF dust collector is 10.5 amps. My '6.5 HP' shop vac pulls 12 amps. If I recall the HF pulled nearly 12 with the 5 micron bag filter but I just changed to the Wynn 0.5 micron filter with a lot more surface area and correspondingly a bit less current draw.

I guess time will tell as to how these hold up but as of now I have one spare.

$20, not a bad deal -
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Very Good Price. Headed out to HF to pick some up now. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Yes sir, so I have one on the DC and one on the shop vac. The starting current on the DC may kill this prematurely. I checked the starting amps and it hits 70 for about half a second!! We'll see...

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Yes sir, so I have one on the DC and one on the shop vac. The starting current on the DC may kill this prematurely. I checked the starting amps and it hits 70 for about half a second!! We'll see...

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That was my concern David , the inrush current during startup . Looks like your aware of that though ;)

You could always add a contactor , but I guess the extra money would snuff out the savings :(
 

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Not really, Rick. The 30 amp contactors I used in the CNC build are only $9. I could very easily build one that would last a long, long time with one of those. I think I'll see how long this lasts first, though.

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My TV remote used to get misplaced fairly often, fall on the floor, whatever. Cured that by gluing some velcro on the back of it, and some on the old magazine stand beside my seat. Problem solved.
 

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I have had a remote for my shop vac for a while and love it. I have been wanting one for my big dust collector for a long time. This may be my answer.
 

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I guess time will tell as to how these hold up but as of now I have one spare.

$20, not a bad deal -
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This is very timely, David. I've been looking at remotes that say they're for dust collectors, and the prices are pretty prohibitive. I'm running the smaller of the 2 HF models, and I'll be very interested to hear about your experience.
 

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That's a good price ! but like Chuck said no HF here in Canuckland. I have a Christmas light remote that I use for my 1HP King DC and it works well. Funny thing is last winter I used the second one I bought for it's real purpose, Christmas lights and when I turned them on, my DC started. LOL So I had to go in the shop and unplug it for the remotes work on all the same frequency. The price was about the same, but I don't know how many amps it would accept before blowing up or ...
 
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I'm about to order a couple of 30 amp contactors, but they are bristling with connector tabs. I assume it has a circuit diagram, but would someone who has one take a picture so I can get an idea how it's wired. I'd really appreciate it. I have a couple of DCs to hook up and a couple of remotes that operate on different frequencies.
 

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I'm about to order a couple of 30 amp contactors, but they are bristling with connector tabs. I assume it has a circuit diagram, but would someone who has one take a picture so I can get an idea how it's wired. I'd really appreciate it. I have a couple of DCs to hook up and a couple of remotes that operate on different frequencies.
Give me a couple of hours, I will try to post a few pictures.
 

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Thanks Doug. I used to be able to read circuit diagrams but it's been a couple of decades. There's got to be at least 6 connector tabs on the thing, maybe more, and I don't see any identifier marks on the picture. Going to order some boxes to house them as well.

Couple of Christmases ago I picked up 5 remotes, each on a different frequency. Knew they'd come in handy some day.
 

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I'm about to order a couple of 30 amp contactors, but they are bristling with connector tabs. I assume it has a circuit diagram, but would someone who has one take a picture so I can get an idea how it's wired. I'd really appreciate it. I have a couple of DCs to hook up and a couple of remotes that operate on different frequencies.
Tom,
Your relay looks like a definite purpose contactor. It has two poles and a 120v coil. All of those extra tabs on the lugs are just there so the HVAC guys can connect a couple of different fan motors without using any tools. If you loosen the cable clamp they come right out and you can put your power and motor leads on.

You bring your 2 power leads in one side, and the two leads on the other side go to the motor (load).

Your control power comes into the coil by means of the spade connections on the side. Once you complete the circuit with your remote and put 115v across the coil it will pull in the contractor and start your motor.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more info
 

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