Tools should work for you, not the other way around

It was quite a while ago that for a number of complementary reasons, I moved the dust extractor into the little shed that is next to the workshop.  To revisit those reasons quickly, dust extractors tend to be noisy, even the best will likely leak fine dust to one degree or another, and they have quite a large footprint.

However, ever since moving it there has been one minor problem.  I can’t easily start and stop it, which very quickly results in it not getting used.  The tool is no longer working for me.

I have tried to get a remote starter for it – there is one made for the unit, but actually waving money around hasn’t resulted in it making an appearance, so time for a different tack.  First, I’ve given up on the remote starter (but not on remote starting…..) And second, I’ve started looking at an alternate unit.

There is one sold by Carbatec which is 2HP, not too tall, and is based around a large cyclone.

(Pictured is the 3HP version, which is significantly taller) Looks well designed.

Back to the remote starting.  Now I am not going into the fine details – if you are not experienced & trained with green steam, it is best to avoid it altogether and I am not about to encourage you to do so.  What I’ve done tonight is to remove the (no volt release) switch, and relocate it into the main shed.  This should finally give me what I need – at least at present.

3 Responses

  1. Hi Stu, Assuming that you are open to the the need for the “safety features” of a magswitch on a dust extractor (personaly a must for other major power tools). What I have done to overcome this same issue is to replace the magnetic switch with a $4.00 toggle light switch. I then connect the power (depending on location you may need an extension cable) using a Kambrook RF3672 Power Point (bought in Bunnings at $29.95 for 3 units including the remote). This unit has a 2400W capacity and more than copes with the dust extractor load and has a nominal 30m range. I don’t believe it is Bluetooth but seems capable of handling a brick wall seperator. Just leave the switch in the “on” position and remotely control the power point. I also use one of the others to remote control my dust vac. Just hang the remote around your neck with one of those identity card strap and the on/off control follows you around the workshop. Another plus is that now I have a “free” magnetic switch to use on a more dangerous machinery we all seem to have bought in the past.


  2. I just thought that a good solution to the problem (of not having a remote start/stop) would be to have your wife in the other room sitting next to the extractor. She could also keep you supplied with coffee while waiting for your instructions 🙂

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