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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #120 on: April 20, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Well Mark, there's a pretty good chance we can replace the poor Powermatic Infrared remote with a Maxsys RF system. For the benefit of others reading this, you previously told me that your PM1300 dust collector has a built-in remote system, but it only works at a 5-foot distance from the dust collector. Not very useful.

The black T-shaped box in the back circuit board is the relay we need to activate. Given the simplicity of that rear circuit board, I'd say there was a pretty good chance that the brown wire from the IR (front) circuit board will trigger that relay. There is also plenty of room inside that enclosure to install a Maxsys module, and have it completely hidden away.

The first thing to do is confirm my suspicion that the brown wire controls the relay. One way to do that is to put a volt meter between Black-and-brown and then later between red-and-brown, while you turn the dust collector on and off. Oh, and get me a black-to-red voltage too.

If you don't have a voltmeter, you could take out the rear circuit board and photograph the back of it so I can trace the wires. (Make sure you unplug the dust collector first!!!!)

Ideally, we could hook up Maxsys in such a way that it won't disable your front controls, including the run-timer. But I can't be positive of that yet.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #121 on: April 20, 2016, 05:50 PM »
Great, I'll try tomarrow

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #122 on: April 21, 2016, 02:48 AM »


The first full-production Maxsys was installed in my CT-26 down in the shop this afternoon!

It took about 1 minute, and everything went as planned.





I just finished writing the installation manual tonight, and everything is on track to begin shipping the first units in the morning.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #123 on: April 21, 2016, 05:48 AM »
That's great Rick!  Looking forward to receiving them!
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #124 on: April 21, 2016, 10:09 AM »
Well Mark, there's a pretty good chance we can replace the poor Powermatic Infrared remote with a Maxsys RF system. For the benefit of others reading this, you previously told me that your PM1300 dust collector has a built-in remote system, but it only works at a 5-foot distance from the dust collector. Not very useful.

The black T-shaped box in the back circuit board is the relay we need to activate. Given the simplicity of that rear circuit board, I'd say there was a pretty good chance that the brown wire from the IR (front) circuit board will trigger that relay. There is also plenty of room inside that enclosure to install a Maxsys module, and have it completely hidden away.

The first thing to do is confirm my suspicion that the brown wire controls the relay. One way to do that is to put a volt meter between Black-and-brown and then later between red-and-brown, while you turn the dust collector on and off. Oh, and get me a black-to-red voltage too.

If you don't have a voltmeter, you could take out the rear circuit board and photograph the back of it so I can trace the wires. (Make sure you unplug the dust collector first!!!!)

Ideally, we could hook up Maxsys in such a way that it won't disable your front controls, including the run-timer. But I can't be positive of that yet.
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This is the the remote control panels front and back. Hope you can make sense of this, I know I don't, if not I can send it to you. 

Mark

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #125 on: April 21, 2016, 01:09 PM »
Mark,
You know how in the movies where someone is diffusing a bomb, and someone tells them they need to cut the blue wire? Bomb makers don't use color codes, and apparently neither does Powermatic.  [unsure]
Black = Positive
Brown = Ground
Red = Signal return

There are 3 ways we could approach this. The easiest is for you to get Maxsys with the dust collector power relay, and the relay would connect between the two black wires (orange wirenuts). Everything else on your dust collector would work the same as it does.

The second option is to unplug your display panel (black/brown/red wires), and a standard Maxsys (without power relay) would be connected to the outside pins on the circuit board where the black and red wires had connected. This would disable all of the panel buttons on your DC.

The third option is a little more complicated, because I don't want to damage your display board. Maxsys would connect between the red and black wires, but I would want to add a 1000 ohm resistor just so it isn't a dead short backward to the display board. R4 on your brown circuit board is 1000 ohms, so by using the same size, the display won't see anything different. But it is still a slight risk.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #126 on: April 22, 2016, 10:10 PM »
I joyously placed my order for the MAXSYS today.  Thanks for a great product, Rick.  Very innovative.  And from a selfish standpoint, very timely.  I'm building mobile carts and have my CT-26 centered between the two MFT/3 tables.  Today, I reach under the tables to manually turn the DC from AUTO to ON when I use the 7m hose with the TS-55 on the saw horse cutting table, or the 7m hose with the floor vacuum  attachments ... but when the carts are assembled, I won't be able to get to the switch ... and this has had me apprehensive to get the carts completed.  Your product is GAME-CHANGING!  Thanks for yet another awesome product!  Regards, Rich

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #127 on: April 22, 2016, 10:18 PM »
Thanks Rich. Your Maxsys was shipped out a few hours ago. They all were. I haven't sent out the email notifications yet because I'm rather exhausted.

I could feel the daggers in my back from all of the people in line behind me at the post office.  [scared] The receipt was literally 4 feet long. I laughed out loud when I saw it spewing out of the printer. I'm sure that made a few people want to push the daggers a little deeper.  [smile]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #128 on: April 22, 2016, 10:29 PM »
I could feel the daggers in my back from all of the people in line behind me at the post office.  [scared] The receipt was literally 4 feet long. I laughed out loud when I saw it spewing out of the printer. I'm sure that made a few people want to push the daggers a little deeper.  [smile]

I remember those days! Upgrade to Click & Ship, or Stamps.com!

Conrgats on the newest product Rick.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #129 on: April 22, 2016, 10:37 PM »
I ship all over the world, so I have to go to the counter.

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« Reply #130 on: April 22, 2016, 10:43 PM »
I ship all over the world, so I have to go to the counter.
Me too - stamps.com, easy as pie!

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #131 on: April 23, 2016, 03:09 AM »
Rick,

Congrats on the product launch and happy shipping!

When I did the whole Fogtainer thing and shipped out of the country a clerk at the most office suggested that I look at Endicia because of the fact that it could do the customs forms.  Turned out that there was a discount on Priority mail and also insurance.  Might want to check it out.  They have a 90 free trial:  https://account.endicia.com

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #132 on: April 23, 2016, 03:16 AM »
Thanks for the information, but I actually have a pretty simple system set up from doing it for so many years. The post office is only a mile from my house. I'd still have to go there no matter how I did postage or forms, so it doesn't present much problem. It's one of the main branches for the metro area.

Oh, and a lot of people wouldn't believe this, but in the 6 years I have been shipping my products, the USPS has never lost a single package.....not one! That's a pretty incredible track record.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #133 on: April 23, 2016, 11:51 AM »
Rick,

Mine arrived today and took about 15 minutes to install, most of which was spent trying to find the T15 bit which ended up being in the handle of my CXS.

I am impressed by the fit and finish of the MAXSYS.  If it was sitting in a Festool clam shell container at Woodcraft one would never guess it was not made by Festool.

It works like a charm and I am looking forward to being able to control the vacuum from a far.  The only thing I would mention to others is that when you turn it off with the remote it goes through the same wind down as when you turn off a tool so don't expect instant results from pressing the off button.

Job well done.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #134 on: April 23, 2016, 12:18 PM »
Cool. I had a feeling yours might arrive today. Same for a few others in adjacent states.

Using Torx screws wasn't my first choice, but apparently it is the only choice. That's probably why all Festool screws are Torx. It's the only style head for plastic screw threads I could find.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #135 on: April 23, 2016, 12:48 PM »
FWIW Rick, I've specified Plastite screws in the past. They come in both imperial & metric sizes with Philips & Torx heads.

http://www.taptite.net/pdfs/documents/TAPTITEII-CONTI-reminc.pdf

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #136 on: April 25, 2016, 04:52 PM »
Got mine today 5 minute install, works great on my CT 26.

Rick As all your great add on's you hit another home run

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Thanks
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #137 on: April 25, 2016, 06:18 PM »
Got mine today 5 minute install, works great on my CT 26.

Rick As all your great add on's you hit another home run

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Thanks
Sal

Same story as Sal. Great addition!!

If you want to talk about a remote holder for the nozzle end, hit me up or have your buddy do it.

Thanks again Rick!
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #138 on: April 25, 2016, 07:41 PM »
Installed mine and it's great. Thanks.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #139 on: April 25, 2016, 07:45 PM »
I'm really thrilled to be hearing how happy everyone is. Please keep posting. This is great.

I want to thank everyone for their support in making this happen.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #140 on: April 25, 2016, 08:07 PM »
Took about 10 minutes to install, largely because I was searching for the T-15 Torx bit and the 5mm hex key.

Instructions were straight forward and easy to follow.  Thanks for including photos as those make it so much easier to understand. 

The unit works like a charm.  I'm not pairing another MaxSys just yet, but the ease of integration is certainly making me consider it!

LOVE the integration of all functions on the 'auto' setting of the CT-26 now.  Excellent work, Rick!

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #141 on: April 25, 2016, 08:31 PM »
Took about 10 minutes to install, largely because I was searching for the T-15 Torx bit and the 5mm hex key.

Instructions were straight forward and easy to follow.  Thanks for including photos as those make it so much easier to understand. 

The unit works like a charm.  I'm not pairing another MaxSys just yet, but the ease of integration is certainly making me consider it!

LOVE the integration of all functions on the 'auto' setting of the CT-26 now.  Excellent work, Rick!

Neil

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #142 on: April 25, 2016, 11:24 PM »
I have a boom arm on a CT-26.  For now, I used a zip tie to attach the remote about 3.5 feet up from the end of the hose.  Will try it there and see if it snags anything.  I debated attaching to an apron but I don't always wear one so decided to keep it on the hose as a start.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #143 on: April 26, 2016, 02:24 AM »
If you want to talk about a remote holder for the nozzle end, hit me up or have your buddy do it.

Yeah, I've come to realize how valuable a remote pocket would be for the end of a hose. If I can find one, I'll offer it as a consignment-type accessory, where I won't take any markup, but offer it to buyers at-cost for whatever the maker chooses. My friend hasn't said "no", but I think he wants to blackmail me for a free Maxsys to take a look. (Yeah, I taught him that trick.) [big grin]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #144 on: April 26, 2016, 02:02 PM »
Hi Rick,
Love the MAXSYS!! It works great and your attention to detail is awesome!  Thanks for saving me many steps!  Jeff

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« Reply #145 on: April 26, 2016, 03:57 PM »
I'm really thrilled to be hearing how happy everyone is. Please keep posting. This is great.

I want to thank everyone for their support in making this happen.

Hi Rick - want to add some more happy people. Post some SCG-10s for sale  [wink]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #146 on: April 26, 2016, 04:55 PM »
Just did the install and all went very well. Also a very nice job on the instructions some of the best instructions I have used.
I does have about a 2 or 3 second delay when pushing the off button before the vac shout down.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #147 on: April 26, 2016, 05:38 PM »
I does have about a 2 or 3 second delay when pushing the off button before the vac shout down.

Yes, that's the same delay when you use a power tool. It's what Festool designed into the vac to clear the hose after the tool (or remote, in this case) shuts down. Maxsys shuts down as soon as you press the button, but the vac will run for a couple of seconds afterward.

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« Reply #148 on: April 26, 2016, 05:41 PM »
I does have about a 2 or 3 second delay when pushing the off button before the vac shout down.

Yes, that's the same delay when you use a power tool. It's what Festool designed into the vac to clear the hose after the tool (or remote, in this case) shuts down. Maxsys shuts down as soon as you press the button, but the vac will run for a couple of seconds afterward.

Which took me 5 minutes to figger out for myself, I kept pushing buttons then decided I had to return it as defective until it dawned on me.  [doh] 

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #149 on: April 29, 2016, 03:54 PM »
For those of you waiting for the Dust Collector option, the electrical enclosures just arrived (weren't expected until Monday). The solid state power relays are also expected on Monday. So aside from figuring out mounting hardware, etc., these should be ready to ship early next week.

The enclosures are UL listed and liquid-tight with a clear cover. They are approximately 7" x 7" x 3". They can be mounted on the wall, or left on the floor. (The wall mounting holes are under the 4 cover screws.)

The enclosure will have a 5-foot input power cord and a 5-foot output power cord. If you wish these cut to a different length, please let me know. They come from a 10-foot extension cord cut in half. (Either 10 or 15 foot, I can't remember what I just ordered.)

The solid state relay is rated for 40 amps, and is universal for 120 to 240 volts (120-volt NEMA 5-15 is the default power cord type.) (The relay is capable of driving a 480-volt load, but Maxsys and the controls need 120 to 240.)



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