Automatic Vacuum Switch

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Forum topic by chickenguru posted 03-29-2011 02:02 PM 2874 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2011 02:02 PM

I have the automatic switch from Lee Valley and it works great. I can’t think if I hear it running when it’s not in use but wondering the affects of on off on off all the time seeing how I dont trust my measuring and want my projects to be the best that I can do so sneeking up on trim / crown moulding is something that I do. I will continue to use the auto switch regaurdless of the life span of the collector but was just curious what other Lumberjocks have found. This is also for a hobby worker. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 02:07 PM

I have an iSocket (purchased from Rockler) that I use in conjunction with my Ridgid vac and Oneida Dust Deputy.


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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:26 PM

Festool’s dust extractors have an auto-switch built-in, so I’m guessing that frequent on/off cycles can’t be inherently bad.

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 09:20 PM

I’ve had one from Sears for many years without failure. Imagine that!

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 03:30 AM

Assuming you are referring to the switch, my guess would be it should last at least 100,000 operations. Under the old National Electrical Manufacturer’s Assn standards, you could expect 1,000,000.

It is probably harder on your motor than it is the switch, but I wouldn’t worry about that. It will probably last many years.

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 04:56 AM

My dad a I both have the automatic switch vacuum. mine is hooked up to a shop vac and dads is a 1hp delta. We were just wondering the collectors in general.

Thanks for the replys

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