Long Ranger III (Remote dust collector switch)

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Review by Routerisstillmyname posted 01-06-2012 02:43 AM 15237 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it came down to a matter of making my lazy A** take the unbearable three steps to reach my HF 2 HP shop vac and then the physiologically excruciating act of reaching down to flip the well concealed switch or parting with $61.00 that would give me gloating rights.

So, here I am with the PSI, Long Ranger LR110-3 110-Volt 20Amp switch.
After doing a considerable online research and reading all the reviews about what works with HF 2 HP/20Amp, I decided that spending the extra $11 on this was a safest way to go.

Up until now I didn’t have dedicated 20 AMP outlets in the shop so I never could use the vac when I turned on the tools but two weeks a go I had two dedicated 20 AMP lines installed and it’s been a pleasure using the shop vac and hence (having paid my dues eating dust for the last few decades) all of a sudden this became a must have.

The unit looks well made and solid. Has 5-foot power cord. It comes with mounting hardware and one remote, which is a good size and comfortable to handle. And it uses the more common 9-volt battery (included). But it lacks a key chain and instead it has a belt clip with hole which some might prefer. Additional remotes are about $20.
Out of the box, the mounting bracket didn’t fit. The holes are not far enough apart. Not too big of a deal but it does mean either calling and waiting for a replacement bracket or spending an extra 20 minutes or more at the drill press. Just an annoyance.
I tested the range and had no problem starting the unit from far away about 50 feet as advertised. Like anyone has a shop that big. I started and stopped the shop vac several times and had no problems. Time will tell.

I can’t give this a 5 star at this time due to unknown durability factor. If it lasts a few years under occasional and light use then yes. If after only few uses it craps out then….. back to manual labor. At this point the functionality and the solid built and looks gets my 4 stars despite being ticked about bracket.

As you know there are several other 110 volt switch options out there that may save you few $$ if on sale! But they are all rated for 15 Amps or less and even though few have stated that they have successfully used them with the HF, as I said the extra few dollars is well worth the peace of mind if you have a 2 HP/20 Amp shop vac and you will use your dust spewing tools a lot more frequent.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 03:03 AM

I upgraded my dust collection system this summer and went with the rockler remote system. It has a key chain remote about the same size as the one for my truck. It has been the become one of my favorite tools. I moved my dust collector into a dedicated room along with the air compressor and just click the button and open a blast gate. After working with a system like this I don’t see how I ever worked without it.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 03:06 AM

Hi Ho Silver Away....

Mine just arrived today!!! Yea!

Now I just have to finish the Basement Dungeon to Woodworkers Liar setup of my shop! You can follow my progress, or lack there of on MY Blog.

I hope this eliminates your unbearable & physiologically excruciating burden to save your lungs!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 05:01 AM

I’ve enjoyed using the PSI Longer Ranger for about 8 months. Its simple, convenient and effective which helps me use my HF 2HP dust collector more often. (You’re not the only lazy A** out there). A highly recommended device.

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 06:42 PM

I got the Long Ranger 220v remote last summer to replace the Shop Fox unit. One of the Shop Fox transmitters had failed and they don’t sell just the transmitters. Their systems are hard coded at the factory and can’t be re-coded.

The Long Ranger cost a bit more, but it seems to be a sturdier unit and it’s easy to re-code additional transmitters. I keep three transmitters at convenient locations so I’m never more than a couple of steps away from one of them. Carrying a transmitter would be a non-starter for me since – within a few days – it would be somewheere in the house or truck. – lol

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 12:41 AM

I’ve used this remote switch with my HF DC for over two years now without a problem.

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 04:46 PM

I just got my Long Ranger about a month ago and am very pleased with it. I installed my HF DC on a flatbed cart along with a 30 gallon pre-separator to make both more mobile. In its normal parking position the power switch is on back making it even more awkward to reach it. The LR solved this well. I removed the belt clip and replaced with a small magnet and just stick the remote on the side of the DC when not using it. (my cell phone and tape measure didn’t welcome an outsider on my belt) ;-)

Thanks for a great review. I had same issue with the bracket as well.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 06:22 PM

Mine has been working great for over a year. I use it primarily for HF dust collector… but lately I’ve used it a lot for shopvac… very handy, convenient. Well worth the $’s.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 03-19-2012 04:21 PM

I’ve had the 220 model for over 5 yrs with no problems. just today I’ve had a problem with the handheld transmitter, I changed the battery but it still just turns on when it feels like it. I will buy a new hand held unit, you can easily change the codes so thats not a problem.

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#9 posted 02-08-2016 11:17 PM

I’ve had mine for a little over a year and a half now. Works great EXCEPT a lot of the times the remote does NOT activate the HF unit. Sometimes I have to almost get on top of the receiver to get it to turn on. It is mounted in plain sight with no obstructions.

Any other deals guts???

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 03:47 PM

Been using the 220V version for 5+ years now.

A handful of times, the remote refused to work. I ended up needing to repeat the programming procedure which takes all of 10 seconds.
I like the belt clip, but way to often I accidentally drop it on the concrete floor when reaching in my pocket or grabbing my tape measure which I usually hang right next to it. As a result, some times the battery cover has popped off, but it snaps back on without any issues. No cracking or other signs of damage.

The ‘on’ pushbutton is getting a bit difficult. These switches are sealed units, so it’s not like a cheap TV remote where you need to scrub down the contacts every so often. Eventually I’ll just solder in a new switch.

Beyond the switch, this unit has been great.

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#11 posted 08-29-2016 10:33 AM

I have been using one of these for some time now and it is starting to give me problems. It is refusing to start the HF Blower unless I walk almost up to it, (at times). . . or move the sender unit around. Turning things off is no problem.

When I went to unplug the blower the other day for maintenance, the HF plug pulled the receptacle right out of the body of the unit. I pushed it back in, thinks seem to be OK. I haven’t had time to investigate further as to why the plug stuck but plan to today, 8/29/2016.

Are all you other rguys still happy with yours? Still operating OK?

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 04:25 PM

Still ok. After a number of blasts of compressed air directly at the ‘on’ switch (with the circuit board removed from the case), the switch now works as new again.

When the switch was giving me grief, I had originally thought it was loosing its range (Had to get near the receiver while pressing the switch). Eventually I figured out the range was as before, I just had to keep pressing until it decided to power up the DC.

Could this be part of your startup/range problem?

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#13 posted 12-29-2016 04:04 PM

I’ve had the Long Ranger III for several years, and it’s a solid performer. I will say that the plastic that the remote is made with couldn’t be more brittle (though, amazingly, it hasn’t broken on me) or crummy. The buttons could be larger—but again, it hasn’t been a significant issue for performance.

It has the feel of a tool that was made as cheaply as possible—and still work. A little pride shown by the designer and manufacturer in materials selection and design would be welcomed.

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 01:04 PM

I have had mine for a few years now and after putting up with spotty ON areas, I decided to search for a solution.

I was having trouble with it “hearing” the ON signal from several places in my single car garage shop. It could hear the OFF signal just fine from everywhere. I called the company but they just responded with the typical canned answers. No help really.

After thinking about it a while, I decided there was nothing to loose by opening it up and seeing if anything was loose or broken. Finding nothing, I drilled a small hole in the case a little larger then the internal antenna wire. I fed the antenna through this hole and put the case back together making sure to fully extend it.

Much to my surprise, it could now hear the ON signal from everywhere in my small shop. No dead spots as before and has been working flawlessly ever since.

I’m not recommending this solution but in my case, it took care of my problem. . .

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#15 posted 03-17-2017 07:53 PM


I was wondering if any of you could tell me if this unit requires a clear line of site from the remote to the control box (i.e., do you need to aim the remote at the wall mounted control box). Preferably, I would like to activate the control box without aiming the remote ( i.e., bouncing the signals off the wall).

Thanks for any help.

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