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As many know, turning a dust collector(s) off and on can be a nuisance. The fact itís across the room is bad enough. Then there is that, no mater how you position it, either the ports are in the wrong position, or you have to reach over or around hoses or the collector to get to the switch. Even if the switch is on the right side, you have to reach down to the motor to get to it.

To solve the problem, I removed the switch from the motor housing and installed it in a box at the end of twelve gauge power cords.

The box for my large collector is on the end of ten foot cords, so it can be relocated to tools near it. The smaller collector has enough cord to allow me to position anywhere on the metal can.

To secure the switch box to my saw, or in a convenient place on the collector, I use rare earth magnets that come center-drilled and counter sunk, allowing use of flat head screws to secure them.

On my big collector, I used three small magnets (K&J Magnetics part number B884DCS). They work, but I do need the three and the box can still move, if I get a bit too aggressive pressing buttons.

When I ordered the smaller magnets, I also ordered two larger magnets that have nearly one hundred pounds pull (K&J Magnets, items number MMS-A-X8). I used that one on the smaller collector and it stays put - very put.

The reason for two cords is, 240 volt equipment must have both legs broken/connected, when turning the equipment off and on. My big collector is running 220, so had to be done that way. The little one is running 120, but I plan on adding another 220 line for it and Iíd have to add the other cord, so I did it now, rather than have to redo everything later.

Itís nice to be able to, for example, just reach to the left of my band saw to turn the collector off and on.
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That's a great idea, Kelly.

Another item on the 'try this' list.

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Elsewhere, others thought I'd wired the unit wrong. If I did, so did Jet, since all I did was extend the switch location and it works well before and after the modification.

Keep in mind, 220/240 switches break two hot legs of the circuit. The 120 version breaks both the neutral and the hot. Accordingly, you need one cable to get power to the switch and one to get it back, or a five conductor cable.

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I purchased a remote operated plugin. Plug it into the wall outlet plug the collector into it carry the remote with you. You can turn on/off with touch of a button
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A week before Christmas, Lowe's put all their Christmas items on half price and I bought an outdoor light remote switch for less then $10. It works great and I can turn on my dust collector anywhere in my shop.
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Elsewhere, others thought I'd wired the unit wrong. If I did, so did Jet, since all I did was extend the switch location and it works well before and after the modification.

Keep in mind, 220/240 switches break two hot legs of the circuit. The 120 version breaks both the neutral and the hot. Accordingly, you need one cable to get power to the switch and one to get it back, or a five conductor cable.
For safety reasons you might want to break both but you only have to break one leg to get the unit to stop. Each leg acts as the return for the other so once you've broken one you've interrupted the return for the other. If you check your electric hot water heater it will only have 2 live wires and a ground. Same for a submersible pump. Many 240 volt circuits are supplied with only a 2 wire cable. The exception is when 120 volt power is needed also as on an electric range or if you needed a light at your pumphouse.

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Would another solution be to wire the dust collector through the on/off switch of your machine? So, when you start the saw or the router, the dust collector is also turned on (and off).

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A week before Christmas, Lowe's put all their Christmas items on half price and I bought an outdoor light remote switch for less then $10. It works great and I can turn on my dust collector anywhere in my shop.
Hi Ray, I have to agree with you. Remote control of a 120v dust collector doesn't have to be a big deal. These remotes eliminate a lot of hassle for very little expense. They will control up to a 2hp unit with no problems. You just plug them in, then plug the dust collector into it. Take a look at these on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Woods 32555 Outdoor Remote Control Outlet Converter Kit: Home Improvement

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Great idea Kelly.This has always been a problem for 220v systems. Problem solved!

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My 3horse cyclone is equipped with a hand switch and a wireless remote. When using the dust collector I keep the remote in my shirt pocket. Now I wish I could remember to leave it in the shop when I leave and not put it somewhere else so I have to spend forever looking for it !! Maybe I could put one of those buzzers like they use in stores to prevent theft on it so I'd take it offdennis

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