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Wise Buys: Dust Collector Remote Controls

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Fernbrook Smart Switch, DK2202XT

Fernbrook Smart Switch, DK2202XT

110-volt model (DK1101XT)
220-volt model (shown)

Editor test-drive:
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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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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