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Forum topic by jayvansickle posted 09-26-2015 07:19 PM 1235 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2015 07:19 PM

I have a Harbor Freight 2 horse dust collector and would like to buy a remote switch for it. I bought an Etechcity remote from Amazon. First try it toasted. What switch would you recommend?

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 07:57 PM

You need one that can handle 20amp. Ive got a long ranger 2 and havent had any issues.

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 09:54 PM

I have the Long Ranger III. It’s for dust collectors up to three horse. 220 volt.

I’ve used it for over three years with no problems.

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 09:58 PM

+1 for the Long Rangers.

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 10:53 PM

+2 for the Long Ranger, also….Heck, you might even find Tonto hanging around somewhere…!!

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#5 posted 09-27-2015 12:35 AM

I have the DGC i-switch.

The way I have it set up, I can use any size dust collector from 1 hp up to 5 hp 220v.

Instead of plugging the dust collector directly to the switch, I have a contactor running to the auto switch, which will engage the power supply to the dust collector. You will get much more life from the switch because it’s only pulling the amperage needed to engage the contactor.

It’s not the cheapest way to go, but it will be much more reliable.

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 12:41 AM

I use this one from Woodcraft with my HF DC, but it was a lot cheaper when I bought it! I’ve used it for a couple of years without a problem.

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 11:07 AM

The Long Ranger’s are excellent, and will easily handle the amperage. Finding one of the ready to go lamp switch remotes rated for that much power can be a job. Another option, one I use for both my DC as well as my HVLP, is to buy a contactor and wire it in. The contactor provides the power to the DC, but it is switched on/off by a coil that draws a very small load….that coil is switched by the cheapo lamp remotes. You can put one of those together for (probably) less than the cost of a LR, and if the remotes goes bad, you just replace it ($10). he one I have on my DC has been there for 6 years (5 HP) and I’ve had to replace the remote twice, I keep dropping them on the floor. One other thing, Shop Fox markets a remote for DC’s, I’ve had that one as well….it’s not nearly the quality of the Long Ranger, mine lasted less than a year before the receptacle fell completely apart.

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#8 posted 09-27-2015 02:34 PM

I have the same setup as Fred Hargis. I have it on both DC’s and my phase converter. Here is a remote similar to mine. 1 remote does all 3 tools independently. mine has been going for 6 years so far.

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 05:34 AM

Grizzly has one. I use mine for my DC (240 volt). Works great.

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