Remote Power Switch for 2 HP Harbor Freight Dust Collector

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01-11-2012 03:50 PM

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I have just finished installing my HF dust collector and all the associated ducting. Now I am looking for a Remote to turn it off and on. All the remote switches I find for 110v state they work on motors up to 1 and a 1/2 HP. What brand of remote do you LJs use on your HF 2HP dust collectors and have you had any issues with them. Have any of you used the Shop Fox Remote.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 03:57 PM

Long Ranger on my 2HP HF DC. Works just fine.

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 04:00 PM

I just recieved my Long Ranger III. Have not had an opportunity to use it yet. Just wanted to give you options.

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 04:37 PM

I just set up the Grizzly 2HP canister (220 v) DC and am “plumbing” my new basement shop….

I’d love to go remote, but for $60, I can walk the 10’ to the switch a few times

I’d likely have to walk just as far to find the remote :^)

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 04:48 PM

I usually wear my tool belt, while in the shop. Two remotes (air filter and DC) are clipped on the belt.

If I didn’t do that, I’d simply never find—much less use—them.

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 05:01 PM

I used an inexpensive remote Christmas light switch that I got at Ace on sale for less than $10. I used that to activate a 120VAC-30Amp contactor which is in line with the power to my 2HP DC. This has worked like a champ for well over 7 years.

Disadvantage – I had to do some electrical construction but it was more or less trivial.
Advantage – COST and reliability

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 05:06 PM

I went with the Christmas light remote option. It works great and costs little!

Maybe you could just install one of those “clapper” switches? Just clap your hands and the collector comes on…

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 06:22 PM

Hey Stumpy the Clapper is just what my 4 year old granddaughter (the one cleaning my shop in my profile pic) needs. She would really give it a workout!!!!!

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 06:29 PM

The outdoor light remote for around $10.00, or less works just fine. I tested the HF DC with an amp probe and, mine only drew 14 amps on start up. The remote I bought was rated at 15.
I glued a rare earth magnet on mine. Resides on the TS mostly, but it’s movable to any other tool.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 08:10 PM

I have been using this with my harbor freight collector for 6 months with no problems so far.

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 08:58 PM

Agree with neil, another vote for Long Ranger III. Works fine on my HF 2HP DC.

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 11:06 PM

Bil Davis, I would appreciate more details/pics on your set up.

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 11:09 PM

never understood why anyone would want a remote control for DC activation when this is avavialble:

activate the tool, the switch activates the DC and 6 seconds after the tool is deactivated, the DC is deactivated. even allows for tool and DC to be on different circuits, unlike the lesser priced but still impressive c-man auto switch:

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 11:27 PM

a) It’s only rated to 1HP. Might, maybe, work with the HF 1.5, but just barely
b) you have to change plugs for all the tools, as well as opening blast gates or moving the flex hose
c) Costs $48 or so

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 11:36 PM

I’ve been using the Shop Fox 110V Dust Collection Remote Switch for BOTH my HF dust collector and my shopvac based system. It’s been 2-3 years, and so far, these remotes have worked consistently. The only issue is the requirement for a 9volt battery. I hope this is of help.

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 01:51 AM


1)the ivac pro is rated for units up to 20A, 220v :(;jsessionid=A07C6D4F282F6ED2F37C8B6B1E804255?itemid=50)

2) the ivac pro is set up to have multiplke tool activating switches talk to multiople slave tools (DCs)
3) while they aren’t cheap, they work well. and when my ivac switch died unexpectedly, 2 years after i purchased it, mbright stepped up with a replacement. in this instance, you get what you pay for. and no lost remote fobs.

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