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Re: Shop electrical question
Reply #15 - May 3rd, 2011 at 1:15am
 
If you are thinking of upgrading to a 220 line, why don't you just put in a heavier 110 line connected to a heavier breaker and then you can plug both into it.

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Reply #16 - May 3rd, 2011 at 8:26am
 
Jim, that's a good idea, however, the problem is switching.  All snap switches are rated no more than 20amps and upgrading the circuit to 30amps to handle both tools means complicated switching.  If it were me, (and I've done this all over my shop) I put two switches side by side - one to turn on the vac and one for the tool.  It's a simple solution.  The other solution is using a remote if you have a dust collection "system" which is on it own circuit.  The contactor solution is a great one for switching more than one circuit.  It's not complicated to wire and contactors with 20amp contacts and 120volt control coils are cheap.
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Reply #17 - May 3rd, 2011 at 12:56pm
 
Yeah, I like running the vac anytime the lathe is on. Is that odd?
I guess it's really only as complicated as I have to make it, eh?  Grin

Lots of options. I'll have to see which might be cheapest, and safest. I think I like guy's suggestion the best.





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Reply #18 - May 3rd, 2011 at 10:25pm
 
Lee Valley up here - not sure what the US equivalent is? - had some wireless units you plugged your power tools into that detected current and fired a signal to a unit that turns on/off the dust collector...

I think they were around $40-50 for the transmitters and $60 for the receiver... saw the ad a while back.

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Reply #19 - May 3rd, 2011 at 10:30pm
 
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This is a standalone version for a single machine which is cheaper than the other stuff and would let you run 2 circuits.

No need to use switches, when you power on your lathe it powers on the shopvac.
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Reply #20 - May 4th, 2011 at 10:58am
 
That thing is awesome. I have to test to make sure that my vac will be ok on a 12A breaker though. My lathe is only rated at 6.6A, and together they pop a 20A breaker, so I'm not so sure that would work.

Very awesome, though.
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Reply #21 - May 4th, 2011 at 11:27am
 
Mike -

On that link you can tab over to the tech details and it has the manual. The unit has 2x 15A breakers (one per circuit) but is rated at 12A running.

Not sure if that would be enough for you? Might want to check their return policy before you order anything...
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Re: Shop electrical question
Reply #22 - May 4th, 2011 at 11:27am
 
That 6.6 amp is running amperage.  Starting amperage is likely 50-75% higher.

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