I should be getting a Fein Turbo II this weekend. I've been thinking about
how I will use it, and for most jobs, I won't want to use the auto-start
feature. I assume the load runs off the same cord as the vacuum, and I
have my shop wired specifically so my vacuum runs off a different breaker
from my machines.
It would still be nice to be able to turn the vacuum on & off remotely. I
have another vacuum that I run with a foot pedal switch like this:
It occured to me that I might be able to rig a custom remote that uses the
auto-start feature. For example, if it is sensitive enough, I could use a
switch connected to a small load resistor or a night-light bulb. I've got
plenty of wire & even a nice "pendant" switch that I could use. However, I
don't want to have to run an extra 100 W light bulb. Does anyone have any
idea what the minimum load requirment is to activate the auto-start?
That's definitely an option. I have one on another vac, but it's fairly
small & light, and tends to move around a lot. There are only a few
different ones on the market. Once you've eliminated the momentary contact
& variable speed models, I've found the following:
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(This is the one I have, and you have to press down on one end to turn it
on, and on the other end to turn it off, which is a bit fussy. The cord
has a stacking plug, so both the switch & the tool plug in at the outlet.)
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(A bit larger, and appears to be plastic. Tool plugs into the back, which
isn't quite as tidy. Several reviews say it's light and/or flimsy.)
(This one is pneumatic. The rubber bulbs tend to degrade & leak, but
replacements are cheap)
All of them could be bolted to a weighted plate, but it would be nice if
that wasn't necessary.
The one I have has been reliable. I suppose I could get a second and make
two plates & fix both of them, but the rocking action is a little annoying.
The plug setup is nice.
Anyone know of any I've missed?
I'm looking for a FOOT switch. This is for a vacuum, which I believe has
it's own speed control. My experience is that 2 speed controls in series
is usually a bad idea, even if one is set full on. The noise from one
causes the other to freak out.
I just want a switch that turns full on with one push, and off with a
second. Not variable speed, and not something I have to stand on to
operate, i.e. momentary contact.
Uh...........It's at the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
It's NOT variable speed. It's NOT momentary contact. Step on it to turn it
on; step on it to turn it off.
It doesn't get much simpler than that. I have two of them. They work just
Sorry about that, I didn't scroll down far enough. Several reviews claim
these are fairly light, and that they tend to move around, or get dragged
by the cords. Do you find that is an issue?
On the bottoms of the switches I put some material that I bought to line the
shelves in my RV.
I think the Borgs have it too.
Yes, and I already had to repair it. But I got it when it was like 10
bucks with free shipping, when I bought a bigger item. I think it's
worth it and I've thought about screwing it down to something heavier or
replacing the bottom with some steel and a rubber pad.
BTW, it's this...
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Thanks! The Aquiline near the bottom looks very nice. These are just
switches, so I'd have to wire up my own cord(s). I'd really like to find
a cord with a stacking plug and the "hot" wire interrupted. That's how
the one I have now is setup, and it reduces the number of cords running
around a bit. Maybe I could get a replacement cord for the one I have &
install it on the Aquiline switch.
I don't know if you saw them, but if you scroll down far enough, there's a
double and a triple Linemaster device activation box. Or maybe you might
just want to go simple with a switched outlet. They have a switch in place
of a one of the regular outlet plugs and can be wired to turn the adjacent
plug on and off. Install one of these into a regular outlet box, plug a
vacuum into it and flick the switch when you want it on.
If you dig deep enough, they list exactly what I was looking for:
This is a fairly heavy (13 oz) all metal switch, with a push-on/push-off
activation. It isn't obvious, but the Model 971-DC3JM has a little link
next to it to a note that says it comes with an 8 foot cord and the 3
prong adapter plug that you can put in series with the power plug to the
The trick is that they list it, but no one seems to sell them. Allied
Electronics sells the plastic version:
but this weighs about 1/4 what the all-metal one does. I have a query in
to the company to see if they sell direct, or can recommend a
As an aside, I just got my Fein Turbo II vacuum, and although it is very
quiet, the switch configuration is really poor. It's hidden below a lip,
and you have to operate it by feel unless you want to kneel down. I'm
_definitely_ going to put a foot switch on this puppy.
I called the company, and they sell direct. ~ $60 for the all metal #
971-DC3JM with the stacking plug switch cord. That's a good bit more
than a lot of the foot switches on the market, but it appears to be a
much better switch. I'll know in a few days...
If the Fein works like the Festool, my 14W floresent lamp will not trigger
the auto on. My Makita 12v charger will trigger it to turn on if there is a
battery being charged, otherwise no.
IF you are concerned about blowing a breaker with both a tool and the vac
coming on at the same time, the Festool has a delay to start a couple of
seconds after the tool is turned on.
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