I have long ranger remote control for my dust collector that seems to have
just bitten the dust. I was working in the shop and the dust collector just
quit running. The dust collector works fine with the long ranger out of the
loop and the remote control light comes on when I hit the "on" button. I
tried putting in a new battery as well has hitting the reset button multiple
times and it still doesn't work.
Are these things prone to failure? I've only had it for a year or so and it
hasn't seen a whole lot of use. Any ideas for diagnosing the problem or am
I just going to have to replace it?
Probably you had a transient high current surge and it took out the line
control circuitry in the plug in unit. I don't think these units can handle
high currents. You might try contacting the distributor of the unit and see
if they will make good for it.
It's probably a solid-state relay, so you can't even burnish the
contacts. Time to contact the manufacturer.
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Try listening for the relay click when you use the control. If it is
not transfering its contacts, the sound will not be strong, but if you
hear something, it shows that the radio section is working. If the
relay is the part that is defective, you can get a replacement from
Digikey for about $2 or $3 plus whatever they charge for shipping and
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