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Forum topic by Oldshep posted 04-17-2017 02:45 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2017 02:45 AM

have you ever wanted a remote unit to start your vac of other equipment without breaking the bank? Well I cam across one at Menards the other day for only $20.00. It has 3 receivers that plug into any 120 volt receptacle and 1 remote that works with each unit. I have one of the pluged in for my vac and anw I don’t have to walk across the shop to turn it on seams to work great so far. I also found them on ebay for about the same price here is the way it listed on ebay: 3 Pack Wireless Remote Outlets Indoor Smart Electrician 125V NEW USA. I also found the on the web.

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 06:04 AM

Make sure to check how many amps they are rated for, I picked up a remote plug from Home Depot which other than a pain to figure out which end of the remote to point at the D.C. works great

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 11:03 AM

Most of them are in the 10 amp (+/-) range and so don’t work that well with the heavier loads. I was abe to find one on e bay rated for 15 amps.

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 12:14 PM

My Mother has those things EVERYWHERE! :-) I don’t think that woman has operated a switch on a lamp in 5 years. Of course, it’s a PITA for the rest of us ‘cause we can’t find all the remotes or figure out which button works what light…

But, to the OP, yes they are inexpensive and very convenient. As mentioned though, most probably aren’t rated for the current you’re drawing. On the other hand, the switch is the weak point in the circuit so, you can just keep using it until it craps out and see how long it lasts without doing any damage to your DC.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 01:28 PM

My Mother has those things EVERYWHERE! :-) I don t think that woman has operated a switch on a lamp in 5 years. Of course, it s a PITA for the rest of us cause we can t find all the remotes or figure out which button works what light…

- HokieKen

That reminded me of the gadget they used to peddle on TV all the time a few years ago: “The Clapper”.. Two claps of your hands and the switch would go on, two more claps to turn it off. I can see me standing in from of the planer going “clap, clap” and the dust collector fires up. Sweet!

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 04:10 PM

Will work with a vacuum cleaner ( but not for long) but not with a dust collector. A 2HP dust collector draws about 45A on start at 120v so your remote switch must be rated accordingly. Besides in induction load the tension in the switch is several times higher than the nominal voltage unless the switch is specifically designed to break the circuit when sinusoidal voltage change goes through zero.
That is why motor switches remote or not are so big and insanely expensive.
Your Menards remote switch may work for a short while but not for long.

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 06:16 PM

I have a cheap $10 Amazon switch that I already had and used it on my Jet 1.5 HP dust collector figuring that I would upgrade once it bit the dust. I didn’t think it would last a month. That was over 2 years ago. Every time I turn it on I expect it to not work, but it keeps on keeping on.

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 01:42 AM

Hmmm. Carlos: I was under the impression that (some) motor switches are big because they are magnetic switches, which requires them to be large for the magnetic “works.” But from your electrically oriented language, you must know more about this than I do.

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 11:47 AM

And how many 2hp dust collectors have you seen with magnetic switches?
Here is a guide for selecting a relay for a motor:

Startup and Runtime Loads
Inductive loads typically require 2-3 times the runtime voltage or amperage when power is first applied to the device. For instance, a motor rate at 5 Amps, 125 VAC will often require 10-15 amps just to get the shaft of the motor in motion. Once in motion, the the motor may consume no more than 5 amps. When driving these types of loads, choose a relay that exceeds the initial requirement of the motor. In this case, a 20-30 Amp relay should be used for best relay life.

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 03:08 PM

My dust collection consists entirely of an Oneida Dust Deputy and a Rigid WD18500 (16 gal, 6.5 Peak-HP) shop vac. I use some no-name remote switch to start and stop it.

It’s been over a year and half now, and I’ve had no problems with it. I put it on a carabiner and I can keep it with me no matter what machine I’m using.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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