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Offline JesseC

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #60 on: March 30, 2016, 12:23 AM »
Rick,

This is great execution! About a month ago I posted a question about how to trigger the vaccum for hose clean up without actually walking over the vaccum. There were some descent ideas, but none that I liked. I started looking at the second outlet and was thinking about an option for using that, from their I thought something along the lines of what you have put together would be ideal, but lack the knowledge. I figured I would shelf the idea until I had the time and money to research and design it. Im glad that you took the leap and I didnt have to. I hope you do well with it.

One thing that I was going to look into and I dont know if you have considered or is even availible is a larger, more perminant location remote. For my application I plan on plumbing a basic dust colletion system with a clean up hose coiled in the main working area and would prefer larger buttons that are perminantly mounted, versus small buttons that are swinging from a key chain.

Keep up the good work.

Jesse


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #61 on: March 30, 2016, 12:34 AM »
About a month ago I posted a question about how to trigger the vaccum for hose clean up without actually walking over the vaccum.

Yes, I know! Why do you think I said the secrecy was killing me.  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #62 on: March 31, 2016, 03:41 PM »
The plastic finish samples showed up this morning. The color and texture is so close to the original Festool housing that you wouldn't know the Maxsys coverplate wasn't from Festool--well of course, except for my embossed logo.  [big grin]

The injection mold manufacturer said they have an end-of-quarter hole in their schedule, and can give me a 12-day turnaround at no up-charge.  [thumbs up]

Offline Mike2014

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #63 on: April 01, 2016, 12:22 AM »
Rick
Preordered mine! Just want to say this is a awesome idea thx for coming up with it. I just finished a large job and I can't tell you how many times I switched from tooling to vacuuming and had to go switch at the ct. This will be a huge time saver. Thx for also not making it a hard cost to justify I personally feel it is a very buyer freindly price to cover a some what small niche market size and you could have taken advantage of people like a certain red tool company tends to do with specialized products. So thank you

Offline johnleve

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #64 on: April 01, 2016, 04:02 PM »
Rick,

Just placed a preorder.  I apologize if this has been asked and answered but when should I expect to receive it?

John

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #65 on: April 01, 2016, 05:14 PM »
What a clever product you've came up with !!! 

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #66 on: April 01, 2016, 09:35 PM »
Rick,

Just placed a preorder.  I apologize if this has been asked and answered but when should I expect to receive it?

John

I've been kind of careful to not give a specific ship date yet, but still imply that it is very soon. It could be as soon as 2 weeks, but if anything gets held up in shipping, I wouldn't want to state that as a promise.

Offline jimbo51

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #67 on: April 01, 2016, 09:50 PM »
Will this work with the new CT SYS? I imagine not, but just curious.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #68 on: April 01, 2016, 10:01 PM »
The thought had crossed my mind earlier today, but then I considered the intent of the CT-SYS. Given its nature, I don't see there be very much demand for wireless activation. Knowing Festool engineering, I also doubt the control board would support the function either.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #69 on: April 01, 2016, 10:22 PM »
Hey Rick...just curious if you've had the opportunity to look into the CT 22 yet...I'm not in a hurry, just curious to know if this has a chance of becoming a reality.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #70 on: April 01, 2016, 11:20 PM »
Hey Rick...just curious if you've had the opportunity to look into the CT 22 yet...I'm not in a hurry, just curious to know if this has a chance of becoming a reality.

I just checked it out. There is plenty of room for it, and installation would be easier than I expected. The CT22 should start the same as a 26, but for some reason I couldn't get mine to start. But maybe mine is defective, because there's no reason why it didn't. I suppose you could test yours for auto start, but I can't tell you how to do that in a public thread.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #71 on: April 02, 2016, 08:18 AM »
Looks great, I ordered one today.  I think some would complain buying a roll of toilet paper these days when it still gets the job done.

It's nice to see people stepping up to the plate supporting our tools in the aftermarket section. 

Cheers


Offline L.J

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #72 on: April 04, 2016, 09:47 AM »
Congrats on an innovative and convenient idea, Rick. There will be naysayers but I hope it goes well for you.

I find stepping over to the vac turning it off/on simple and reliable. I too love innovation, However this my be a case of a solution looking for a problem.
Ok' so you won't be buying it !!!
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Offline L.J

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #73 on: April 04, 2016, 09:52 AM »
The thought had crossed my mind earlier today, but then I considered the intent of the CT-SYS. Given its nature, I don't see there be very much demand for wireless activation. Knowing Festool engineering, I also doubt the control board would support the function either.
I can see a use for this !!! I'm patiently waiting for the CT Sys for use mainly for my BHC-18 and to clean up after cutting walls,etc. I'm an Electrician by trade and being able to trigger the vac while on a ladder drilling a ceiling or wall would be very helpful. I currently have a CT-26 and you can imagine how cumbersome that is to drag around for a small job. I'm still ordering your product regardless.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 09:55 AM by L.J »
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Offline jimbo51

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #74 on: April 04, 2016, 10:01 AM »
Plug the CT SYS into the CT26 and then use the remote to turn both on and off. Uses a bit more electricity but give you the extra portability.

Offline L.J

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2016, 10:19 AM »
Plug the CT SYS into the CT26 and then use the remote to turn both on and off. Uses a bit more electricity but give you the extra portability.
Brilliant !!!!
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Offline jdm5

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2016, 10:50 AM »
Wouldn't the FastCap solution be a potential good choice for the CTL SYS?

FastCap Vacuum Control

(I've pre-ordered the MAXSYS system for my CT vac's, but this seems like it might be a better solution for the CTL SYS?)
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 11:47 AM by jdm5 »
Drank the green Kool-Aid...gave up counting long ago.

Offline L.J

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2016, 11:13 AM »
Wouldn't the FastCap solution be a potential good choice for the CTL SYS?

FastCap Vacuum Control

(I've pre-ordered the MAXSYS system for my CT vac's, but this seems like it might be a better solution?)
For the CTL-SYS yes but the integrated system would be preferred on the bigger vacs.
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Offline Curt Boyer

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2016, 06:02 PM »
The Fastcap remote works great for the vacuum but any thing over 10amps draw including the vac will burn them up. I've gone through three remotes using them with a sander and vac combo. Now I just use the remotes for the vac only.
Cheers
Curt

Offline L.J

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #79 on: April 04, 2016, 09:12 PM »
The Fastcap remote works great for the vacuum but any thing over 10amps draw including the vac will burn them up. I've gone through three remotes using them with a sander and vac combo. Now I just use the remotes for the vac only.
Cheers
Curt
15 amps should be minimum,major oversight !!!!
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #80 on: April 05, 2016, 03:41 AM »
When this was first posted I thought "Great idea, certainly will be flawless design knowing Rick, but not something I need in my little shop" (10' by 12'). Then I spent the weekend working in it and realized how often I bend and reach over something else to turn on the vac for a bit of clean up. I very seldom use tools that won't trigger the vac, but I do use it to clean up a lot.

Long story short - pre-ordered.

RMW 
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #81 on: April 05, 2016, 03:53 AM »
Long story short - pre-ordered.

RMW

 [thumbs up] LOL, I thought I recognized your name pop up in my email about 3 minutes ago.

The previous discussion about working on ladders while cleaning was another interesting revelation, too. I suspect there's going to be a few more of these ideas popping up in the coming days as people consider how often they use their extractors for more than just corded tools.

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« Reply #82 on: April 05, 2016, 04:14 AM »
By the way, to all those that have already ordered, I haven't been acknowledging the order emails yet. I was going to do that when the first components showed up, so that I can also provide a reasonable ETA for a shipping date. The custom circuit boards will have the longest lead time, but I'm hoping to see them in 1 to 2 weeks, if all goes well.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #83 on: April 05, 2016, 05:11 AM »
Long story short - pre-ordered.

RMW

 [thumbs up] LOL, I thought I recognized your name pop up in my email about 3 minutes ago.

The previous discussion about working on ladders while cleaning was another interesting revelation, too. I suspect there's going to be a few more of these ideas popping up in the coming days as people consider how often they use their extractors for more than just corded tools.

So, I'm not the only guy would could not sleep and hit the office early... [doh]

RMW
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #84 on: April 05, 2016, 08:12 AM »
I'm refinishing a room in my house, including remediating some termite damage.  I can't count how many times I've gone back to the DE to turn it on and off.  Currently I've sanding down the compound using an HSK block attached to the DE.  The hose gives me 16 ft of length so I just leave it running while I inspect the finish with a light.  By the time I'm done, the MaxSys should be here!  :)  But it will come in handy the next time.
-Raj

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #85 on: April 09, 2016, 08:50 PM »
Well, I guess I can kiss my weekend goodbye.  [crying]
The connector bodies showed up this afternoon.......Some assembly required.  [scared]
With the daunting amount of wire stripping I'm about to do, I decided to shell out the cash to get one of the fancier wire strippers to preserve my sanity.

But at least I've got the Ninja Kitty to help.  Surely plastic things with tails won't distract him much. [unsure]


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #86 on: April 13, 2016, 12:49 AM »
Everything is progressing on schedule. All of the electronics showed up today, and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with multiple Maxsys modules and multiple key fobs. So this will answer some of the questions I have been getting.

To avoid confusion, I'll first explain again how a single Maxsys system works by default. Each Maxsys module comes with a 2-button remote. Pressing button-A turns the vac on, and pressing button-B turns the vac off.

I've had some customers asking whether a single remote could operate 2 Maxsys modules. I didn't think so, so I ordered some extra 4-button remotes to experiment with. In the process, I discovered that the 2-button remotes can already do that.   [cool] Here's the rest of what I learned:
  • I have confirmed that 1 Maxsys module will pair with multiple keyfobs. This is handy if you wanted to leave an extra remote at each tool station to control the vac. I paired 6 remotes to a single Maxsys, but I don't know what the maximum might be, probably 10.
  • With a simple jumper change on the Maxsys modules, 1 remote can operate 2 separate Maxsys modules. Button-A will control vac 1 and Button-B will control vac 2.
  • Similarly, because every Maxsys module comes with its own remote, you'll have 2 of them for 2 Maxsys modules. You can set up both of your remotes to operate both of the Maxsys modules. Either remote can turn on/off either vac.
  • I only ordered 10 of the 4-button remotes so I could experiment with them. They work a little differently than I was expecting. A 4-button remote can operate up to 4 Maxsys modules. One Maxsys per button.
For anyone ordering more than 1 Maxsys system, I will pre-configure their modules and remotes to operate in the mode they choose. The process is very simple, and will also be explained in the manual.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2016, 01:00 AM by Rick Christopherson »

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #87 on: April 13, 2016, 09:16 AM »
Thanks for the update, Rick.  I know you are very busy assembling the first run, but I am interested to hear more about the Maxsys working with a 2hp dust collector.  Any news about that, yet?
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #88 on: April 13, 2016, 01:53 PM »
Thanks for the update, Rick.  I know you are very busy assembling the first run, but I am interested to hear more about the Maxsys working with a 2hp dust collector.  Any news about that, yet?

I didn't realize more people were interested in that. I'd been discussing it in PMs. Yes, it can be done, and the same would apply for using multiple Maxsys/fobs would apply to your dust collector too.

When used in a CT-vac, no power passes through Maxsys. However, as a standalone, Maxsys itself is rated for a 1hp load (but I don't recommend running a dust collector straight off Maxsys). To operate a dust collector, it should have an external motor contactor/relay. So electrically, it's a piece of cake. I just need to know what voltage your motor operates at to find the correct contactor. (Maxsys is universal power, but relays aren't.)

The only complexity is the packaging, because that can vary from person to person. I'd have to find an off-the-shelf enclosure, because the quantity isn't high enough to cover the tooling costs for custom.

I suppose in its simplest form, I could find a moderate size electrical junction box, a compact relay, and terminal bus, and the whole package could mount on the wall behind your collector. If I can locate short Male/female power cords (or cut up a short extension cord), I could even pre-install those. Surprisingly, I just found a 240 volt extension cord on eBay for around $15. So I could set it up for either 120V or 240V.

I already had found some reasonably priced compact power relays on eBay, but if you wanted a full motor contactor, those get pretty expensive.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #89 on: April 13, 2016, 02:39 PM »
@Rick Christopherson   See post #57.  I am definitely interested in a combo dust collector/CT remote.  I'll send you a PM.