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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 11-04-2011 06:56 PM 5585 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2011 06:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collector motor amps electrical hf harbor freight cyclone

I am running a Harbor freight dust collector through a Stanley remote control. Here in lies the question. The harbor freight motor clams to be a 14 amp moter and the switch is rated for 8 amps. What is going to happen, is the switch going to burn out because there is to many amps running through it or is my motor being starved of amps because the switch is restricting the amps. Any help would be great on this. Thanks in advance.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#1 posted 11-04-2011 07:31 PM

Is the remote rated for use on a DC? It needs to handle both the starting current as well as the operating current of the DC.

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#2 posted 11-04-2011 07:43 PM

I don’t believe that it is rated for a DC, But that’s the reason for the question. I am just curious to see what will break first. Here is a link to the product.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#3 posted 11-04-2011 07:50 PM

What HF dust collector. It must be a portable one, no? cause the 2hp one is 220v I think.

I really don’t think using those stanley remotes would be good anyways….

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#4 posted 11-04-2011 07:57 PM

I agree with Childress that this can’t be the 2HP one, but I disagree with the voltage. Being an owner of the HF 2HP DC I can state that it without a doubt is 110V. It is also rated at 20 amps which is your surge / startup amperage. It typically runs 14-15 amps in use…

I believe that whatever the underrated component is should trip, or fail first. So the remote switch should either trip assuming there is a breaker, or fail. When things electrical fail, there tends to be FIRE involved. This is NOT something you want unless you are looking for a refused insurance claim on your shop and whatever it is attached to… Simply put, take that switch OUT of the circuit before you do some real damage!

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#5 posted 11-04-2011 08:05 PM

Well heres the thing and the short and sweet of it in a perfect world the switch will give out and your done the problem with that statement is this you also damage the motor on the DC in the process. not in a way thats easily noticeable but you do shorten it life buy how much who knows.

your goal whenever powering something is to power it so it has to work as little as possible to get the power it needs your basically in fluid terms your asking a fire truck to pump water from a garden spigot when you really need a hydrant. make sense.

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#6 posted 11-04-2011 08:25 PM

It is a 2hp model and it is 110V. See the link
I know it’s probably not a true 2hp, I’ve herd that its 1.6 hp and they rounded up, but it works well.

Fire is no good, as my day job is a fire protection engineer! I’ll have to look into getting a new one.

Makes total sense. I want to keep it running for a long time. Looks like I’ll be spending some money.

Thanks guys.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#7 posted 11-04-2011 08:31 PM

Mine (same DC) is on the Long Ranger, and … it works great !


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#8 posted 11-04-2011 08:34 PM

Interesting…. I thought that model was 220v. learn something new everyday, I tell ya!

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#9 posted 11-04-2011 09:42 PM

I can’t speak for the Stanley switch but I’ve been using this remote switch my HF 2HP DC for going on 7 years now. I don’t know if it makes a difference or not but one thing that I do do is fire up the DC and let it come to total full speed before I power up onything else on that circuit.

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 10:07 PM


Looks like that remote is rated up to 15 amps, I may have to go with using that one. It’s a good price and gets the job done. Thanks for the info.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#11 posted 11-04-2011 10:21 PM

Very nice! Somehow, I assumed these would be way more expensive!
This just made my wish list!

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#12 posted 11-04-2011 10:35 PM

You’ll like the HF dust collector. I added the good 1 micron bags to mine instead of the “rock protectors” that come with it. Got them from Highland Woodworking. Might wanna look at ‘em.

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#13 posted 11-04-2011 10:46 PM


I have been running a HF dust collector for a couple of years now and they are great. You should check out how I turned mine into a cyclone using the Oneida supper dust duty. Check out my projects.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#14 posted 11-04-2011 11:10 PM

I think that you need to get a better remote. Yours looks like a relatively low powered setup best used for lights, etc. If your DC runs at 14 amps on a 110 v, 15 amp circuit, your remote (at 8 amps) is the weak link and will “blow” first. If it has a reset button, you’ll probably be resetting it fairly often.

If you turn your DC on and off several times a day, get the Long Ranger remote. If your daily useage is fairly infrequent, the Shop Fox remote should work fine. I went to the Long Ranger after wearing out two of the Shop Fox remotes. They work fine, but the pushbitton eventually breaks off and makes the remote useless.

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#15 posted 11-05-2011 12:56 AM

That switch will eventually burn up and your DC will stop.

Ty, I see you are in North Bend. If you need a real electrician, give me a PM.

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