Wise Buys: Dust Collector Remote Controls
Why buy? You've probably more than once made a quick cut at your tablesaw or jointed an edge without turning on your dust collector, just to avoid walking across the shop to turn on the collector. That's where a radio-frequency remote controller comes in handy, enabling you to switch a dust collector on and off from anywhere in the shop. That increases your working efficiency, and, hopefully, ensures good health. Here are four great remote options, all costing $60 or less.
Shop Fox, D3038
110-volt model (shown)
220-volt model (D3346)
In my crowded basement shop I have to bob and weave across the room just to get to the dust collector. Then I have to bend and reach over the blower to flip the switch, which is mounted about 16" off the floor. It's terribly inconvenient. Now I use a Shop Fox remote to turn it on from anywhere in the shop. It even works from two rooms away despite dividing walls. I especially like that it comes with two remotes, but did not like the dangly clips because every time I reached for the remote I had to spin the unit to find the switch. Instead, I removed the clips and applied hook-and-loop patches to one unit as well as my tablesaw's rip fence, so it's always within reach. I attached a metal disc to the other so it grabs onto a magnetic belt clip.
-- Tested by Jan Svec, Projects Editor
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