I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find a wiring
diagram so I can turn on my dust collector everytime I turn on one of
my machines (table saw, planer, jointer, etc). and then shut off when
I shut off the machine.
mechanically operated shutter at each machine also does the job.
You also need to decide whether you want off-cariage operation of the vac.
(mine runs like 10 sec after I've switch of an individual machine)
The wiring depends on your local situation (machines connect via plug, fixed
cable, single/multi phase etc.). Basically, every machine needs to trigger a
relay (always the same) which then starts the vac. If you are not
experienced in electrical wiring, you'll need some help.
On the other hand, wiring with a magnetic contactor with microswitches in
the blast gates simplifies things a good deal and is not terribly
difficult. Look in the Grainger catalog <http://www.grainger.com> under
"purpose contactor" or "purpose contactors".
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Why not do it the simple way and get a remote control switch.
Check out this link if you are not familiar (watch the wrap):
I have one for over 5 years with no problems. Shop around for a better
The three ways that spring to mind are:
1) a system made to do this like one of the Long Ranger systems;
2) a low voltage set-up with switches and a relay;
3) a set of strings and pulleys connected to the dust collector
The third can work really well; I saw a set-up like this in a
woodworker's shop a few years ago, and it was pretty slick. I don't
remember the details, but he had it set up with a string hanging from
the ceiling at each machine, and a quick yank would mechanically throw
the dust collector switch. It should be easy to implement -- and dirt
I know I've seen a website with the second type incorporating switches
built into shop-made blast gates; also pretty slick, but definitely
more work than the string set-up.
Of course, a ready-made solution like the Long Ranger is easiest of
all, but at a price.
No idea how you'd do this for all machines, but I have a 40 amp
circuit in the shop, and the way the lights dim for a few seconds on
the startup of the DC, I can't picture starting it and a saw or
jointer at the same time unless they were on separate circuits..
Thanks for all of the help and suggestions, I think the long ranger
switch will probably do most of what I want. Also, I should have
searched google groups before posting, there are some real long
discussions on this subject.
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