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HF has a 3 set remote control with wireless 3 button switch, about $20. I use it for turning on the HF DC, shop vac, and exhaust fan for the window. Seems like I hooked these up about two years ago.

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I too use the Harbor Freight one. Right now I am only using two of the units (for two different vacs) but have the third one available in case the use/need for it comes up.
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I like the HF shown but we don't have them in Canada. I have been using remotes for Christmas tree lights and they work well and are also inexpensive. Now I have 2 with different frequencies. It was funny with the first ones how I turned on the lights at dusk and the DC was also working ! I paid under $20 CDN in December so probably less in USA. Any hardware store should carry these.

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I have been using wireless remotes purchased either at a Big Box or Amazon for many years. When shopping for the remotes, look for their current rating. I purchased only the ones that can handle 15A and I have never had an issue with either my 6.5 HP or 5 HP Dewalt vacs. The remotes have never failed.

I have however made a new change that I like even more - I am now using Amazon Alexa to control parts of my shop including the two vacs mentioned above. We use a Dot and an Echo in our home and use Alexa to control lights, ceiling fans etc. So I simply purchased a new Dot for my shop along with a couple of their "Smart" plugs (rated at 15A) and added them to Alexa's repertoire of devices. Now, I simply say "Alexa, turn on vacuum 1" and she carries out my command. Even with the loud vacuum going on she can hear me say "Alexa, shut off vacuum 1." She also keeps me company by playing my favorite tunes. And we use our Alexa system as a whole-house intercom system.
lol that’s hilarious. Never thought I’d see that day


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I went full retard and and bought this system . I had to build a contactor because it wouldnít accept the in rush current .
But Iím sure loving it , as Iíd forget to turn the fan on otherwise.

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Admittedly a nice but pricey system. The other thing that hasn't been mentioned but is covered by your post if you look at the link is what voltages. If they're all 120 volt and 15 amps or less those posted above will work. One system I have is a dual outlet where the tool is plugged into it's socket and the vac the other. It turns the vac on when the tool is powered and has a 30 second delay when the tool is turned off. Requires no wireless remote but has to be transferred from one tool to the other. I use this only with the shop vac and not the CV1800 DC System which does have a wireless remote switch. Then I also have one that has a short pigtail and a box with receptacle that also has a wireless remote, another frequency and you need to be careful if you have more than one wireless system, that works well also. But both of those are 120 volt only.

The ones I really like but are only available for 4" or smaller DC systems uses a current sensing relay to sense when a tool has powered up and opens the associated blast gate. At least I haven't seen them for 6" systems. I think, but don't know, that the blast gates are likely either spring closed normally or have a normally closed electrical circuit (relay) and then could be reversed (opened) when the coil is de-energized. If I were to build a system like this I'd use low voltage (24V) on the relay coils and whatever actuator motors available for the blast gates (24V or 120V).

Pic #1 shows the Sky-Link w/remote (Note the color code on the back of the remotes - either red or green and the color code on the unit) The green remote works this unit. I have another that uses the red which also works the CV1800 https://www.amazon.com/Skylink-WS-10...skylink+remote

Pic #2 shows the ISocket Autoswitch https://www.amazon.com/DGC-PRODUCTS-...ket+autoswitch

Pic #3 Shows the CV1800 Power Remote box and it also uses the Sky-Link remote system. It's located on the left side of the control box and feeds the 120 volt coil on the contactor (240V).
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I have an echo dot in the basement too. I have not used it to control any receptacles but do like the tunes! It is also handy to add items to a list for my next shopping/hardware run. It comes in handy for setting timers when mixing epoxy or such that must be stirred a certain amount of time.

I think I'll need to rig up a relay and remote to control a 240V contactor to control my old DC. It pulls 32 amps, older 4 hp unit. I appreciate the information and ideas here.

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I’ve been using a setup from ShopFox for over 10 years, no issues other than if I forget to unplug the one on the main DC at night it will pick a garage door opener or some other stray signal and kick on.

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Iíve been using a setup from ShopFox for over 10 years, no issues other than if I forget to unplug the one on the main DC at night it will pick a garage door opener or some other stray signal and kick on.
Plug it into the light circuit, that way while;e you are away and the lights are off it can't start.
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I am with Rick. I have had the iVac for 4 years now on my DC servicing table saw, jointer/thicknesser and bandsaw and love it. Makes life safe and easy.
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I have an iVac system for 220v for my DC. It is right on the cusp of not being big enough for my 2 hp motor. It seems to work and it is nice to have a remote to turn on the DC. The product is new for me.
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Received a visit from Amazon this afternoon with my three remote outlets and two remote controls.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...c=1&pldnSite=1

All outlets can be controlled by one remote. An extra remote when I lose the first one.

Works great. I'm sorry I didn't get this sooner.

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