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Forum topic by MLK posted 09-01-2019 11:42 PM 876 views 1 time favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2019 11:42 PM

I bought the HF Collector still getting everything hooked up, works great. I want to buy a remote start switch but the problem is everyone I seen is for a 1 1/2 HP motor and HF collector has a 2 HP motor. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-02-2019 12:18 AM

Grizzly has one for 220v, #G4700, good for up to 2 1/2hp, but you you have 120v HF unit.

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#2 posted 09-02-2019 02:48 AM

The remote mentioned is good for 2 1/2 HP because on 240 the load is half of 120.

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#3 posted 09-02-2019 03:21 AM

There is a DIY remote start in this project thread that might help you?
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#4 posted 09-02-2019 04:16 AM

I’m using the PSI Long Ranger III on my HF DC. Scroll to post #24. I don’t do a lot of work in my shop, so I can’t attest to it’s durability. But it has no problems starting/stopping my DC.

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#5 posted 09-02-2019 12:00 PM

I have the HF one and it works fine on both my DC’s and my compressor

-- Randy

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#6 posted 09-02-2019 02:45 PM

I also use the Long Ranger, nary a blip in the past decade of use.

You can use those cheap key fob switches and connect the receiver up to a relay contractor rated up to what ever Hp requirements you have (if you have the electrical skills and the gumption to do the assembly required).

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#7 posted 09-02-2019 03:17 PM

So I am using the HF dust collector too. And back when I was shopping for remotes, years ago, a friend pointed me toward the remotes you find at the big box store. Funny thing is I already had one on a water fountain in my back yard. And I think they intended for that. And Christmas lights and such. But I bought one and it worked fine. The first one lasted about 5 years. I thought the battery died in the remote. But it just quit. so I am on my second one now. been using it almost daily for about a year. They are less than $15, and since I have one on the fountain I bought two just to have a back up. So the photo is of that spare still n the package.
Now the remote has a 15 amp rating. And most of the remotes I have looked at only have a 15 amp rating.
Even the high dollar ones that are intended for this.
You will notice the HF DC, has a 20 amp motor. I have had no issues.
And speaking to an electrician about it, I was told I should have no problems. The DC will never have a load on it that will pull a full 20 amp. Doubt it gets to the 15 amp of the switch.
Here is a $100 example from rockler, and it has a 15amp rating.{adtype}&utm_campaign=PL&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=(ROI)%20Shopping%20-%20Top%20Sellers&msclkid=ad2bc80fa6911574308995628a45bd54

Here is a 120v grizzly remote. I had not seen this one before, but it too is 15amp. and still pricey next to the Home Depot version.

So about six years ago I spent to much time over thinking this, as all the remotes were 15 amp and $100. So glad I was pointed to what I am using now.
A quick google search, it looks like I got this one at Lowes, not HD.
Here is the HD brand. I have not used the brand, but I bet its the same.

Good luck,

-- John

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#8 posted 09-02-2019 03:22 PM

Had a remote for outdoor lights from HD and it works fine. 120v at 15 amps. No problems so far. HF says collector is 2hp but take that with a grain of salt. Reality is it is probably 1 1/2 hp.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#9 posted 09-02-2019 03:43 PM

Years ago I bought a remote switch from Amazon that was actually rated at 1800 watts (15A) for my sprayer turbine. I guess they quit carrying it since I can’t find it now. But some important things to remember from some of the above info: it’s not 2 HP…don’t kid yourself. Many,many guys use the cheaper switches and just replace them when they give up, none of them have reported any problems with the DC. So you can go the more expensive route and buy one of the specialty switches for DCs (or build your own with a contactor and cheap remote), or buy one of the cheap ones (2, actually…have a spare on hand). and go to work.

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#10 posted 09-02-2019 04:10 PM

I have the one from Rockler, been using it for many years, no problems at all. Can’t believe I paid that much for it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 09-03-2019 12:17 PM

I’ve used the iVac Pro remote start with the HF dust collector for years with no issues.

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#12 posted 09-03-2019 02:14 PM

One problem that is often overlooked is many of the cheaper units ratings are for resistive (lamps, etc.) loads. A motor is hard on switch/relay contacts and eventually they will erode or weld together. That said. it’s simple economics to figure out if occasionally replacing a cheap controller wins out over a more expensive purpose-specific unit.

I agree with Fred that the HF motor rating is probably not 2HP so a lesser rated switch can probably deal with the current. If I was to be starting over, I’d probably make my own with an inexpensive remote wired to a beefy contractor. My DC has a 2HP Leeson motor wired for 220V.

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#13 posted 09-03-2019 03:10 PM

I bought a current switch for jointer, planer, table saw and shaper. One hot wire from a motor goes through current switch. The switches are wired to the DC starter control circut. When motor on tool is started, the DC starts automatically. And I can still start the DC manually if I want to. Just another option, and no remote to lose.

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#14 posted 09-03-2019 11:15 PM

I want to thank everyone for your input, I decided on the PSI Long Ranger III. I ordered it from Amazon $64.95

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#15 posted 09-04-2019 12:49 PM

You made a very wise choice. The long Ranger III is an excellent remote starter. And as an added bonus the remote is big enough to find when you set it down.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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