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Wise Buys: Dust Collector Remote Controls

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Penn State Long Ranger III, LR110-3

Penn State Long Ranger III, LR110-3

110- volt model (shown)
220-volt model (LR220-3)

Editor test-drive:
My dust collector is really loud, so I don't like to leave it running. That soon became a lazy, messy habit as I found myself not using it often enough unless machining a lot of stock. Now with the Long Ranger remote I use my collector every time I fire up a machine. Turns out, the remote doesn't have to be pointed directly at the wall unit as with my TV remote. It worked consistently from inside the house, through walls, out in the pole barn, and--because I wanted to see just how "long range" it really is--from my driveway 330' away. You can buy a second remote ($20) that's reprogrammable for the same controller.
--Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design Editor

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Comments (5)
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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