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Offline Rick Christopherson

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #90 on: April 13, 2016, 02:45 PM »
@Rick Christopherson   See post #57.  I am definitely interested in a combo dust collector/CT remote.  I'll send you a PM.

Yes, go ahead and order the pair of Maxsys, and add a note to the order that you want one for a dust collector so I can flag it in the email. We'll figure out how to handle the difference separately. My initial thought is that it will just be the cost of materials.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #91 on: April 13, 2016, 03:58 PM »
By the way, if there are other people interested in getting a combo setup for their dust collector or filter system, please let me know right away, so I can plan ahead when ordering the extra parts necessary to make them.

If enough people are interested in this, I may set up a kit for it. But for now, I'll just handle it on a case-by-case basis with an add-on charge for materials.

If you are interested, go ahead and place your order for 2 or more Maxsys modules, but add a note to the check-out dialog indicating you need one for a dust collector. This way I can flag the email notification to contact you for details and process the order separately.

Also, if anyone has changed their mind and wants to order another Maxsys system or spare remotes, make sure to note that in your new order, and I will refund the duplicate shipping charges on the second order.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #92 on: April 13, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Would it be possible to order just extra remotes

Thanks

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #93 on: April 13, 2016, 04:32 PM »
Would it be possible to order just extra remotes

Thanks

I'm a little confused by the question, but yes, you can order extra remotes. I just added a new button for that on the website. RTS Engineering

If you've already ordered a Maxsys and later decide to order an extra remote, I will refund the duplicate shipping charges because it will all fit in the same shipment. (I won't double-charge for shipping!!!!)

If you are asking if a Maxsys remote/fob can be purchased separately to operate some other (non-Maxsys) device, that may be possible, but I can't guarantee your receiver can pair with a Maxsys remote. Because wireless technology is fairly universal, it is likely that your existing receiver could be paired to a new Maxsys fob, but you need to accept the risk that it won't work.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #94 on: April 13, 2016, 04:58 PM »
Would it be possible to order just extra remotes

Thanks

By the way, out of curiosity, I decided to look through all of the pre-orders to see if you had already placed an order. What surprised me is that of all the pre-orders so far, there is only 1 from the UK (If that's you, let me know and I can flag it for you.)

But more importantly, what this just told me is that a lot of our international members may not have realized that Maxsys is universal to all countries. I normally have a much higher percentage of UK, European, and Australian sales.

So I wanted to reiterate that Maxsys is universal to all countries without modification or special order. I ship to all countries, and the shipping costs via US Postal Service is very reasonable.



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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #95 on: April 13, 2016, 05:09 PM »
If it works as well with my workflow as I hope I'll be ordering three more for the other vacs .

Thanks again for this dom

Dom, I just found this previous posting of yours, and it deserves mention.

Anyone ordering 3 or more modules, and I will automatically flag the order to contact you regarding the 4-button remotes.

I only have a limited number of 4-button remotes on-hand, but I can order more. My thought is that I would automatically upgrade the multiple purchase to include all 4-button remotes at no additional charge (If you wished). And then I would configure all of your Maxsys modules to work with all of the remotes.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #96 on: April 13, 2016, 05:51 PM »
is there any way that you could have the receiver of the vac module in such a way that the vac could be in the attic or hidden away but the remote could still work.
im thinking some kind of plug in jack point that would allow a receiver to be mounted somewhere else and be wired back to the maxsys.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #97 on: April 13, 2016, 06:10 PM »
is there any way that you could have the receiver of the vac module in such a way that the vac could be in the attic or hidden away but the remote could still work.
im thinking some kind of plug in jack point that would allow a receiver to be mounted somewhere else and be wired back to the maxsys.

There's no need for that. I've been downstairs in the workshop showing someone the remote fob. They'd invariably push the buttons, and I'd hear the CT-36 test vac upstairs in my office fire up.  [big grin] The fob has more range than you'll ever need in a workshop. It's not line-of-sight; it's radio.
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« Reply #98 on: April 13, 2016, 06:12 PM »
thanks rick.
I thought it was line of sight
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #99 on: April 13, 2016, 06:19 PM »
Rick

I did an external relay for my dust collector and just used an X10 switch years ago to activate the relay.  I've since updated from x10 to Insteon (www.insteon.com) for whole home control including lights, dust collection, and air compressor. 

So the relay box has a male plug to 110v power, a female plug to the dust collector and a male plug to the Insteon control for activating the relay, or in your case, the MaxSys.   I put a standard 110v 15a plug on it so you might consider that as a simple means of enabling the connection universally.  Just a thought.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #100 on: April 13, 2016, 07:05 PM »
Re: multiple remotes, I'm just curious how people are planning on using this with multiple remotes?  Do you have your CT plumbed into multiple machines?  I thought I'd figure out a way to mount the remote to the end of the hose (cable tie, velcro, whatever) and then it would always be accessible - so I'd likely only need one remote per vac...but curious what others are planning to do.

Re: remote controlling your larger dust collector - @neilc I also am an Insteon fan - I used their 220V controller on my Jet dust collector, and have Insteon remotes at all my machinery.  Makes life really easy, and wasn't crazy expensive (I think ~$100 for the 220V controller, and $20-40 per remote depending if it's single button or multiple).  I don't mean to take anything away from Rick's product here (am very excited for it) but that seems the simpler way to go...does require some electrical knowledge.  110V options are also available and cheaper.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #101 on: April 13, 2016, 10:39 PM »

Re: multiple remotes, I'm just curious how people are planning on using this with multiple remotes?  Do you have your CT plumbed into multiple machines?  I thought I'd figure out a way to mount the remote to the end of the hose (cable tie, velcro, whatever) and then it would always be accessible - so I'd likely only need one remote per vac...but curious what others are planning to do.

Re: remote controlling your larger dust collector - @neilc I also am an Insteon fan - I used their 220V controller on my Jet dust collector, and have Insteon remotes at all my machinery.  Makes life really easy, and wasn't crazy expensive (I think ~$100 for the 220V controller, and $20-40 per remote depending if it's single button or multiple).  I don't mean to take anything away from Rick's product here (am very excited for it) but that seems the simpler way to go...does require some electrical knowledge.  110V options are also available and cheaper.

As far as putting the remote on the nozzle, I have given serious thought to this and have looked into several options. I really like the idea below but it is too "fancy" for my needs/tastes.

http://www.samsung.com/sa_en/consumer-images/product/vacuum-cleaners/2016/VW17H9050HN-MG/features/VW17H9050HN-MG-62-0.jpg

I do like the idea of having it integrated a bit more. Mentioned it early in this thread and if I come up with something, I will gladly share.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #102 on: April 13, 2016, 11:33 PM »
I have been using the FastCap remote with the velcro hose attachment for their remote and it does make it more convenient to have it 'at hand'  Using a zip tie with Rick's remote when using a router or saw with the vac hose might let it get caught on the edge of the table.  I think something similar to the FastCap velcro sleeve might be a simple option. 

For my dust collector and air compressor, I have a  two button remote controlling them via Insteon that I hang from my belt loop or shop apron with a simple keychain quick-release clip  Works great.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #103 on: April 14, 2016, 01:45 AM »
Would it be possible to order just extra remotes

Thanks

By the way, out of curiosity, I decided to look through all of the pre-orders to see if you had already placed an order. What surprised me is that of all the pre-orders so far, there is only 1 from the UK (If that's you, let me know and I can flag it for you.)

But more importantly, what this just told me is that a lot of our international members may not have realized that Maxsys is universal to all countries. I normally have a much higher percentage of UK, European, and Australian sales.

So I wanted to reiterate that Maxsys is universal to all countries without modification or special order. I ship to all countries, and the shipping costs via US Postal Service is very reasonable.










Yes I've ordered one from my wife's PayPal I've just ordered 2 extra remotes
There is three of us normaly working together so a fob for each of us will be perfect on this on
We actually mocked it up on this weeks job and had the apprentice outside near he vac and we shouted him to turn it on and it worked great keeping the kitchen area free of kit and hoses etc I'll dig out a image

Thanks

 

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #104 on: April 14, 2016, 02:28 AM »
Thanks Dom. I've got both your orders for Maxsys and extra fobs. I'll have them pre-programmed to work on the same module.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #105 on: April 14, 2016, 09:28 AM »
I don't mean to take anything away from Rick's product here (am very excited for it) but that seems the simpler way to go...does require some electrical knowledge. 

I'm also a very large fan of Insteon...I have their switches throughout the house. It's an especially easy way to make 2-way, 3-way or 4-way switching without running traveler wires.

However, Rick's design is really nice because you only need to carry around 1 remote to control multiple tools. [thumbs up]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #106 on: April 14, 2016, 11:30 AM »
Thanks Dom. I've got both your orders for Maxsys and extra fobs. I'll have them pre-programmed to work on the same module.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #107 on: April 18, 2016, 06:31 PM »
I just wanted to remind everyone that the custom plastic cover and mounting brackets are scheduled to be completed tomorrow and could be here as early as the next day. So shipping is expected to begin in the next couple of days.

I already have enough Maxsys modules pre-assembled to meet initial demand, so it is just a matter of pairing remotes and packaging everything for shipment.

I have several people requesting combination Maxsys modules to control their CT-vacs and also their dust collection systems. If this proves to be popular enough, I may later offer it as a standard package. But for now, I am treating it as a special order, and I need to know in advance how many people may want this option. Tentatively, I believe I can offer this option for only a $20 up-charge ($150 total) for dust collectors up to 2 horsepower.

But this offer is based on placing your order NOW, before I order the special materials to make these. So if you want a Maxsys for your dust collector, you must order the "base" Maxsys module now to confirm your request, and I will bill you later for the necessary upgrade. This is necessary because I will absorb some of the cost (such as my supplier's shipping fees and all of my labor) for producing these in quantity. After pre-orders are complete, I will re-evaluate whether I offer these or not.

If you want this, make sure to note it in the "notes" box when placing your order.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #108 on: April 18, 2016, 07:31 PM »
It's been a while since I first encountered this thread a few months ago, but can someone remind why a solution like this is desirable to a simple xmas light remote controller which is able to handle the load of the ct vacs?  I've found many of them which can handle ct vacs or induction motor dust collectors for about $15 and under, some include multi-channel remotes.
  I use one onsite for my ct vac for using it with cordless tools.

So for that amount of cash difference, whats the appeal?

JT

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #109 on: April 18, 2016, 07:49 PM »
It's been a while since I first encountered this thread a few months ago, but can someone remind why a solution like this is desirable to a simple xmas light remote controller which is able to handle the load of the ct vacs?  I've found many of them which can handle ct vacs or induction motor dust collectors for about $15 and under, some include multi-channel remotes.
  I use one onsite for my ct vac for using it with cordless tools.

So for that amount of cash difference, whats the appeal?

JT

The main difference is mentioned in Rick's original post:
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But most importantly of all, it doesn't interfere with any of the normal functions of your CT-vac. It will passively sit dormant and hidden, until you need it. Your power tools will still trigger the vac as normal. The Auto/Manual/Off switch still works the same as it always has. The only change to your vac is that you now have a new function that it didn't have before....wireless activation.

Any other solution means that you will lose automatic tool activation in order to gain wireless control.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #110 on: April 18, 2016, 08:50 PM »

Any other solution means that you will lose automatic tool activation in order to gain wireless control.

Correct. It's the only solution that you don't even know it's there until you press the button to use it. You don't have to change anything on your vac, or remember to bring it with you to job sites. It adds remote function, without taking anything else away.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #111 on: April 18, 2016, 09:12 PM »
Thanks for the info.

JT

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #112 on: April 18, 2016, 09:16 PM »
A couple of clarifying questions, Rick...

If the vac switch is in 'off' and you press a button on the remote, does the vac turn on/off?

If the vac is in the 'auto' position and you are using a tool, like a saw and you press the button on the remote, what happens?

Looking forward to shipment!

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #113 on: April 18, 2016, 10:29 PM »
A couple of clarifying questions, Rick...

If the vac switch is in 'off' and you press a button on the remote, does the vac turn on/off?

No, the vac cannot turn on when the switch is in the off position. That's a safety feature that Festool designed into the vacs.

If the vac is in the 'auto' position and you are using a tool, like a saw and you press the button on the remote, what happens?

The two functions work in parallel, so either one can make the vac turn on, but both have to be off for the vacuum to turn off.

If the vac is running because your tool is running, pressing the "On" button will cause the vac to stay running after the tool shuts off (until you press the "Off" button). However, if the tool is running, the Off button won't cause the vac to turn off until the tool stops.

Either one can turn the vac on, but neither one can override the other to turn the vac off.

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« Reply #114 on: April 19, 2016, 11:34 AM »
Thanks Rick for that explanation.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #115 on: April 20, 2016, 04:44 AM »
SWEET!
For those of you wishing to have a second Maxsys to control your dust collectors, I located a high power solid state relay that will handle 40 amps, and has universal control voltage. Because Maxsys is universal voltage, and this relay is universal voltage, I can now offer a universal kit for any 120-volt or 240-volt dust collector. The only thing that needs to be specific to each install is the power cord.

I'll just need to find a new junction box, because this heat sink is likely too large to fit inside the one I previously found.

I don't want to make any promises until I actually get the parts in-hand, but I believe I can offer this as a standard kit for only $150. I'll order a few extra parts, but if you want one, please order your Maxsys now with a note about dust collector, so I know how many I will need. I'll bill for the difference in cost (about $20) when I ship.

 
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #116 on: April 20, 2016, 04:51 AM »
P.S. I have FedEx tracking that says the last of the parts are scheduled to arrive later today. I'll need to take some photographs for the manual, and should be ready to ship later tonight or tomorrow morning.

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« Reply #117 on: April 20, 2016, 07:24 AM »
Thanks for the update,  Rick.  Looking forward to it.

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« Reply #118 on: April 20, 2016, 03:45 PM »
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« Reply #119 on: April 20, 2016, 03:47 PM »
Rick, I tried to attach pic to your web site but failed nor can I through private message so this is the only place I know of, hope it's ok. This is the remote on my Powermatic dust collector.

Mark