Remote Control Your Machinery

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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 08-21-2016 02:30 AM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Us boys & girls like our remote controls, right?.
I’m sure someone has done this before but I haven’t noticed on Lumberjocks
I had a remote control for operating up to 4 power outlets in the home.
It had been shoved in a drawer for some time.
I recently bought a new 2hp dust extractor which lives outside the workshop
It’s a bit far away when I need to turn it on using the tablesaw, lathe Radial arm saw or the bandsaw.
Also the switch on the lathe is towards the back on the motor which means I have to reach over the job which is not the best when something goes wrong.
With this remote control I can operate the lathe wirelessly and at the same time turn the dust extractor on or off standing near any of the machines. This is a big plus for convenience.
I bought the set at Aldi Stores, it has Aussie socket fittings but I am sure this sort of thing would be available in many countries.
Simple to program & operate.



-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 07:46 AM

Looks good Grumpy,

I am assuming there are four slave units A, B, C and D ?
If so its worthy of checking out at Aldi.

I used to have Kemo Master Slave module

That I bought from Jaycar it worked fine until I got a “new” 2hp DC, possibly similar to yours.
The unit could not handle the inruch current for a 2HP unit and it failed as the unit worked on the same GPO.

I have been looking for a suitable replacement I was also thinking of modifying a Martek R/C from a fan.

Your post is getting me going!

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 11:55 AM

Way to go, Tony. Nice use of modern technology!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 09:45 PM

Sure will save a lot of time and walking. I guess this is why some of us never throe anything away.
Nice set up Tony.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 02:54 AM

Thanks Jocks.
Robert, this does have 4 units but it’s not complicated they just plug in between the outlet & your machine. The only issue may be with machines that have an electronic start but you can swap for a manual type switch

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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