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  • Remote control for DC in another room?

    I have a Jet 1100-series dust collecter that has an infrared remote. I'm planning on converting an unused 8' x 10' section of my basement, currently walled-off, to house the DC and a compressor. A separate AC circuit will be installed.

    The problem is that I'm trying to figure out how to retain the useful remote. I guess my options are that I can:
    * install a window,
    * install an infrared repeater,
    * or remove the remote unit from the Dust Collector and hardwire it with an AC switch that operates with a remote:


    I like the last option best, but am unfamiliar with remote-enabled switches that are designed for heavier-duty use like this (I have a Lutron in my home theater that I use with my programmable remote to dim the lights, but I don't think it will do well in a dirty environment and with a heavy load).

    Anyone encounter this and able to offer advice?

    I know I can just put a standard switch on the wall, but I'm trying to avoid the constant back and forth to the switch. I normally turn the DC on as I use a tool, then turn it off a minute or two later. I'd prefer an RF solution so I don't have to worry about line-of-sight.

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    Re: Remote control for DC in another room?

    Here's what I use and it works great. Can't beat the price either.

    http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...0&postcount=21
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    • #3
      Re: Remote control for DC in another room?

      Thanks Bob! I never thought of "landscaping remotes"!

      It seems like such a shame to dismantle my newish DC, but it seems like that's going to be the only solution!

      Thanks again!

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      • #4
        Re: Remote control for DC in another room?

        There is no need to alter you DC at all with the method I used.
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          Re: Remote control for DC in another room?

          Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
          There is no need to alter you DC at all with the method I used.
          I must be missing something then.

          My Jet doesn't have a hard switch for power...i.,e., supplying power to it does not power it on. One of the soft buttons still needs to be pushed or the remote used.

          I was thinking that if I were to remove the "control panel" box as shown below and simply wire the motor to a heavy 3-wire cord, THEN I would be able to power it off/on by controlling (switching) the power TO the unit.

          I might check to see if the newer RF units on the newer Jet models can be fitted in place of my current unit, though that's likely a fairly expensive option.

          Last edited by MarkSJohnson; 04-03-2009, 10:30 AM.

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