Wise Buys: Dust Collector Remote Controls
Fernbrook Smart Switch, DK2202XT
110-volt model (DK1101XT)
220-volt model (shown)
With the Fernbrook system a single remote controls both the dust collector and air-filtration unit. For $50 the basic unit controls the dust collector; to add air-filtration control (or even an exhaust fan) you need to buy an accessory 110-volt outlet for single-speed machines (like mine) or a toggle switch -- that replaces your outlet -- for variable-speed air cleaners ($30-$40 each). With the latter, you can then control the air cleaner's speed with the remote as well. I hooked up my 220-volt collector to the Smart Switch and had it running in just a few minutes. For the air cleaner I had to replace a wall outlet with the RM1102 Relay Module -- essentially just changing outlets. Now I run both machines whenever necessary, for as long as required, with just a touch on the remote. And, it even works from up to 200' away.
-- Tested by Pat Lowry, Technical Consultant
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