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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 08-30-2018 02:17 PM 1761 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BroncoBrian

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08-30-2018 02:17 PM

I have seen some foot switches on Amazon but am curious if there are some better quality options for easier DC power switching.

I can move around my shop well, but getting the DC ON/OFF is more of a pain that it should be.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.


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GrantA

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 02:23 PM

For the big DC I’m working on (pentz cyclone w/ 5hp motor) I have it setup (not finished yet) with a pair of 3-way switches where I can easily reach them near the tools using it (using those outdoor switch covers with the big red lever) and they will energize a relay (like used in HVAC systems) which powers the motor (with a soft starter). With a smaller motor the soft start would still be nice but not necessary.

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Andybb

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#2 posted 08-30-2018 03:51 PM

Has worked well for me.

Or this for a little more $.

I bought the first one as I knew I’d always be looking for that remote.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Andre

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#3 posted 08-30-2018 04:28 PM

For 120v system you use a simple wireless remote plug from H.D.($30) that’s what I used on my D.C. and for some extra lighting in my garage I used a cheap wireless remote for Christmas tree lights,($10) for low amp/wattage all you need. Looked long and hard at the Ivac system but shortage of power outlets and over all cost made my decision pretty easy? Maybe if $ was no object or I could write off investment as business expense and shop was designed for it, but a simple hobby shop??? Just IMHO.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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toolie

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 05:30 PM



Has worked well for me.

Or this for a little more $.

I bought the first one as I knew I d always be looking for that remote.

- Andybb

+1. Great products from a great company! Used them for years and they are just about bulletproof.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Firewood

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 05:32 PM

I’ve used this one on my Jet 1.5hp unit and like it a lot. The radio control doesn’t require line of site and will work through walls if needed.

Whatever your choice, make sure your DC doesn’t have a magnetic switch.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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BroncoBrian

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#6 posted 08-30-2018 05:47 PM



I ve used this one on my Jet 1.5hp unit and like it a lot. The radio control doesn t require line of site and will work through walls if needed.

Whatever your choice, make sure your DC doesn t have a magnetic switch.

- Firewood

I have the Jet 1100 Vortex Here

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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BroncoBrian

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#7 posted 08-30-2018 05:53 PM

The IVAC looks pretty good. The remote version that is. It needs to work with multiple tools. I see that you can buy additional remotes on Amazon, I could get 2 or 3 and fix them to a few tools or locations.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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Andybb

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#8 posted 08-30-2018 06:54 PM


The IVAC looks pretty good. The remote version that is. It needs to work with multiple tools. I see that you can buy additional remotes on Amazon, I could get 2 or 3 and fix them to a few tools or locations.

- BroncoBrian

Just to be clear…One remote is all that is needed. The non-remote one is activated by the tool coming on. All of my tools are plugged into one power strip and that strip is plugged into the IVAC. Any tool that comes on activates the vac.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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RobHannon

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#9 posted 08-30-2018 07:07 PM

I found the 220v options on the market either lacking or overpriced so I setup my own system using a 24v transformer, a 30amp contactor, and switches. Was cheap and easy. I can use toggles near tools to turn it on or off or i can use limit switches on blast gates to turn it on when i open a gate. Got my initial direction from here:

https://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/workshop/wood-shop-dust-collection/dust-collector-remote-switching-design/

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BroncoBrian

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#10 posted 08-30-2018 07:28 PM

Andy,

That is ok for smaller motors. I would not use that in my set up. Most of the tools are 220v anyhow so it would not work. I’ve spent a good chunk of money making quality power cables so the thought of choking down the power supply with a strip is not appealing.

I understand the single remote. That unit looks great for the DC, the remote (or a couple placed around the shop) would allow the DC to be controlled at the tool. Thank for the suggestion, that is what I was looking for.

The foot switches I have seen are not heavy duty enough to be appealing. The IVAC looks like a great solution unless I used switches which is a lot more work.

I do need to eliminate the chance of a magnetic switch. Simple test.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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Andybb

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#11 posted 08-30-2018 07:38 PM


Andy,

That is ok for smaller motors. I would not use that in my set up. Most of the tools are 220v anyhow so it would not work. I ve spent a good chunk of money making quality power cables so the thought of choking down the power supply with a strip is not appealing.

I understand the single remote. That unit looks great for the DC, the remote (or a couple placed around the shop) would allow the DC to be controlled at the tool. Thank for the suggestion, that is what I was looking for.

The foot switches I have seen are not heavy duty enough to be appealing. The IVAC looks like a great solution unless I used switches which is a lot more work.

I do need to eliminate the chance of a magnetic switch. Simple test.

- BroncoBrian

Understood. Just in case, quite a few options here
including some heavy duty and 220V.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Bill_Steele

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#12 posted 08-30-2018 08:29 PM

I have a remote that came with my Oneida dust collector and I also have the pictured IVAC remote and outlet (20 amp version) that I use with my shop vac/dust deputy setup. The remote works well and I’ve never had any problems with the combo.

Not having to walk over to the vacuum each time I want to turn it on or off might not seem like a big deal or worth the cost—but it is over time. I chose the remote because I switch my shop vac between my router table, sander, miter saw, and floor sweep. I’ve never misplaced or lost the remote and it seems very durable.

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Andybb

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#13 posted 08-30-2018 08:34 PM


I ve never misplaced or lost the remote and it seems very durable.

- Bill_Steele

You’re a better man than me. I can misplace stuff that’s in my hand :-) ! Plus, without the auto switch I’d forget to turn it on. I just know me.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BroncoBrian

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#14 posted 08-30-2018 10:00 PM



I have a remote that came with my Oneida dust collector and I also have the pictured IVAC remote and outlet (20 amp version) that I use with my shop vac/dust deputy setup. The remote works well and I ve never had any problems with the combo.

Not having to walk over to the vacuum each time I want to turn it on or off might not seem like a big deal or worth the cost—but it is over time. I chose the remote because I switch my shop vac between my router table, sander, miter saw, and floor sweep. I ve never misplaced or lost the remote and it seems very durable.

- Bill_Steele

Bill – Thanks! This is what I needed to hear.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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mribelin

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#15 posted 08-31-2018 03:02 AM

I use the ivac total system, it has worked flawlessly for two years. Every machine, both 220 and 110’s (7 in total) turn on the machine and dust collector starts automatically. Using 2hp jet cyclone collector, the only draw back was I had to disconnect the jet remote to use the ivac one, so far it has been fine. Quite an investment it very satisfied.

-- MikeR Littleton, CO

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