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05-21-2008, 08:36 AM
Anyone have a dust collector remote that works with the HF 2hp dust collector? Most of the units I've seen are limited to 1.5hp.
05-21-2008, 09:28 AM
I have one on my 2hp Grizzly. I bought it from Woodcraft I think. 220 volt model. Works great.
05-21-2008, 01:05 PM
The HF DC unit being "2hp" is a myth. In reality it's 1.5hp.
It's actually the amps you want to pay attention to, not the HP.
If the remote you're looking at is rated at 15amps.... You should be good to go.
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05-21-2008, 01:28 PM
I built a DC system with 4" pvc going to 3 tools with all of them ending at a collection box with manual blast gates on each line built into the box. The box is mounted to the wall next to the vac. I open the gate I want and turn on the vac. It all sits out of the way in a corner of the shop.
I closed the front of the collection box with plexi so I can see what's going on in there.
None of the pvc is glued so I can take it apart if it needs a clean out. So far it's been fine except for having to clear the blast gate groove.
So far, so good.
05-21-2008, 03:15 PM
I have the HF collector and I bought the remote from Penn State catalog. They have all the pen turning stuff. It works great. I just keep the remote clipped to my apron and it will even work when I am in the house. I have had it almost 2 years and no problems.
I am at work or I wound look up the number for it. I will look when I get home and try to REMEMBER to post it for you if you cant find it
05-21-2008, 07:07 PM
What model DC do you use and about how many feet of PVC/flex hose is each machine away from your DC?
I was reading in Popular Woodworking where they talked about DC systems - it listed machines up to 1 1/2 HP not being more than 4' (of flex hosing) away from the DC in order to keep 800 CFM. That sounds a little overkill. I know smaller machines are meant to be able to wheel them around to each machine - but who wants to unhook their TS from it just to move it to the planer or jointer??
Just wondering what was workin' for you.
05-21-2008, 10:52 PM
I thought it would work, just wanted to make sure. Thanks, guys.
05-21-2008, 11:32 PM
It's a Delta 1 hp shopmaster something. It's rated at 650 cfm and my longest run is about 20' to the router table. Then there's 6' of flex so I can move the table around. Seems to work fine there. I didn't do any research on this, I just did what I thought would work. I'm satisfied, it sucks up what ever is close to the intake.
05-22-2008, 07:59 AM
Sounds pretty awesome - I couldn't hardly believe what I read. 1 1/2HP can only handle 4' of flex hosing???? Didn't sound right to me - glad your set up works.
05-25-2008, 04:13 AM
I did an experiment with a roll of 4" flex duct once.
I bought a 20' roll of the stuff knowing I would be adding it here and there in my shop. But before I began cutting it up I hooked it up to my Delta 1 1/2 HP DC.
It would convey the sawdust.... if I threw it into the hose!
Hence my term: Keep your pipes long, and your hose short.
Nothing kills flow faster than too much flex hose. I betcha I don't have a piece longer than 2-3 feet anywhere in my shop.
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05-25-2008, 12:56 PM
I didn't find that. I have 6' of smooth inside wall flex on each large tool and sometimes I take it off the router and use it as a vac. to clean around. It works fine and my DC is only 1 hp and the router piping is 20'.
No foolin' either.
05-25-2008, 01:15 PM
I think it is the inside wall that makes the difference - whether it was PVC or smooth wall flex - I think would perform about the same as long as they are both smooth inside.
First I gotta figure out where I am gunna put the dang thing - they start trimming down the hosing. Problem is I have a low ceiling so I can't run the duct work above me and below the floor is not an option. I don't really want to have to move my DC around each time I want to use a different machine - I may have to though.