best deal for a remote dust collector switch

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Review by drewnahant posted 03-09-2011 02:39 AM 6247 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was going to buy a longranger for my dust collector, but I decided to look around for alternatives, and I found this. four outlet switches with two remotes for half the price of a single longranger, how could I go wrong? The two big green outlets are rated for 15 Amps, and the two white ones are only rated for 10 Amps. my 1hp dust collector is rated at 6 Amps, so I tried one of white ones, and the startup surge popped an internal fuse, I shorted the fuse, and it works fine, doesnt seem to hurt any of the other electronics, but just to be safe, I switched to one of the big ones, no problem. I hooked up the other big one to my air compressor, very handy since my air compressor is down a flight of stairs, and I hate turning it on and off when im using my nail gun or sander. now I have two extra outlets, Im thinking some extra lighting in my shop. This is an awesome deal!

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 03:14 AM

good idea, i might have to try this.

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 04:10 AM

who makes them?

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 04:31 AM

what store has them??

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 04:39 AM

Superswitch is the manufacturer. you can get them on amazon and eBay. they are not designed for power tools.

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 10:32 AM

I did the same thing with the Christmas remote light switches since I can’t reach the switch on my DC. I also use them in my house since the smarty pants who did the electric didn’t put any switches in the place that I rent. Love when people have new ideas with existing tech.

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 12:05 PM

Interesting post, I have a 2 hp DC so not sure 15A will cover this. I’ll have to do some math and rig up an inline amp meter so I can see its start up amprage draw. I know I cant plug my DC into a power strip as it pops it whice is a 15amp. While this will work for some, I would be interested in anyone that has tried this with a 2hp machine.

Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 08:38 PM

When I was putting up the Christmas lights this year, I found in my bin of lights a remote control that I had bought for turning the lights on and off. I hadn’t used it in many years since I had bought a different one with a light sensor in it. I immediately thought of using it on my dust collector and checked the amp/volt ratings and it was compatible! It works awesome…now I can turn the DC on and off from my tablesaw across the room! Woohoo!


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#8 posted 03-09-2011 09:20 PM

The price is good enough that if it won’t work on the DC , I have other uses for it .
Thanks for the review and the great idea : )

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 03:56 AM

nice review, and good information. thnx for posting

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#10 posted 03-10-2011 04:13 AM

thanks for the heads up.

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 06:58 PM

I just went through this, too. First I bought the iVac product from but that never worked. I could never start my tablesaw (even with the dust collector not plugged in).

So I moved on to some X10 components from I paid a bit more for the Pro version of their products, but it seems to work really well so far. I bought the following two things, and that was all I needed.
A receptacle
A wireless remote

I did pay a bit more, but since this is a 20A setup, I felt pretty comfortable with it.

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#12 posted 03-11-2011 12:56 AM

Maybe I should steal my wifes clapper and try that.

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#13 posted 03-11-2011 05:47 PM

I too use my Christmas lights switch. It is the outdoor variety, with the locking plug receptacle. So the cords won’t come out, even if stretched. I mounted the control on the side of my table saw, so I can just reach over the side and press the button when I fire it up.

-- -Todd

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#14 posted 03-12-2011 12:32 AM

I bought a set very similar to this from harbor freight, except the HF ones are just the white ones. Anyway they work great- FOR A WHILE. But then the remote buttons started crapping out one at a time.

Hope you have better luck than I had.

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#15 posted 03-27-2011 04:39 AM

I went the cheap way first. Just received my Woods 3255 outside remote. Ordered from Amazon and received it in three days. $14.00 plus shipping. It looks sturdy enough. Recommended for 15 amp but I’m using it on my HF dust collector and it’s working fine. Clipped the remote to my apron and turn it on and off from where ever I happen to be. This way I can tuck my dust collector in the corner out of the way. Very happy with this purchase but time will only tell. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

-- Bryan

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