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Long Ranger Multigate System, LRMSET220

Long Ranger Multigate System, LRMSET220

110-volt model #LRMSET110
220-volt model (shown)

Editor test-drive:
I've had a remote control on my 3-hp dust collector for years, but -- just like with the TV in my living room -- the remote often comes up missing. With Penn State's MultiGate System there's no need for a remote because the metal blast gates turn the collector on and off when I open and close them, something to be done anyway. It took about two hours to install the control unit and five gates and connect them with 22-gauge wire. It's really simple, even if you don't do much electrical work. I like that the gates have an open slot, so they push stray chips out the back upon closing rather than causing the gate to jam. The base system comes with the relay box, one gate, and 100' of wire. Extra gates cost only $11 each, and an extra 100' of wire costs $10.
-- Tested by Randy Zimmerman, 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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