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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

Shop Fox, D3038

110-volt model (shown)
220-volt model (D3346)

Editor test-drive:
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

To learn more:
800-840-8420; shopfox.biz


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Comments (5)
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welling61 wrote:

Am I missing something? I got an outdoor Stanley remote system that has 3 outlets on it from amazon new for $18. It works great and I don't even have to point the remote directly at the unit for it to work. Why should I spend $50 plus for these others?

2/10/2012 04:04:07 PM Report Abuse
TMILLER2K wrote:

Drop one of the remotes just one time onto your garage floor and it's a gonner. Drop the second one and you get to buy another $50.00 unit. Cannot simply order another remote as each one in hardwired to the circuit board inside the unit.

2/9/2012 04:45:27 PM Report Abuse
big_guns wrote:

The X10 system, which the Fernbrook is based can work fine for 15 amp systems, but the 20 amp outlets were faulty and no longer sold.

2/9/2012 02:40:47 PM Report Abuse
amvweb wrote:

There is one remote system that is very reasonably priced and controls more than one item: the X10 system. You have to use the in-wall receiver for equipment as heavy duty as a dust collector, but it wires in just like an ordinary socket. I control my air filter as well as another fan off the same remote. Replacements and multiple controls can be had easily.

2/9/2012 11:39:51 AM Report Abuse
drjerry1351400 wrote:

I have used these remotes for several years & they work fine; however, when a remote fails, there are no replacements because each one is custom-paired for the receiver switch. When both fail, you need to replace everything.

2/9/2012 09:56:05 AM Report Abuse

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