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Offline Rick Christopherson

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Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« on: March 26, 2016, 04:02 AM »
 

The secrecy has been killing me, but I'm excited to finally announce completion of the Maxsys wireless remote control for the CT-series of Festool dust extractors. Maxsys is not just an in-line outlet, but is custom engineered to communicate directly with the vacuum's internal control board, and fully utilize the existing, yet hidden, capabilities of the CT-Series vacuums.

Do you own a cordless TSC55 track saw, or cordless PSC420 Carvex, or any other power tool that can't automatically trigger your vac? Do you have your vac tied in to your tablesaw, or to multiple tools throughout your shop? Or do you simply have times you wish you could trigger the vac without having to walk over to it?


 
Well that's exactly what the Maxsys wireless remote is designed for. 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.
 


Maxsys talks directly with the CT-vac control board to activate the built-in autostart function, and installs in seconds. Maxsys is completely self-contained and integrated inside the existing accessory module bay, so you never have to remember to bring it with you or plug it in.

Maxsys is compatible with all Festool CT-xx series dust extractors throughout the world, regardless of voltage. (Maxsys is not available for CT-Mini/Midi extractors. Nor will it fit into CT22/33 without the accessory module bay.)


 
As with any RTS Engineering product, Maxsys exceeds the quality expectations that Festool owners demand. The heavy-duty remote keyfob uses a polished aluminum subframe and brushed aluminum face for durability in a rugged workshop environment, and has a protective slide cover over the buttons to prevent inadvertent activation while in your pocket. The fob is very compact, and even includes a small lanyard hook, so you can slip it in your pocket, or hang it from your tool.



Quality Control:
As with all RTS Engineering products, I perform 100% sample-rate testing. Every Maxsys module that ships will be actively tested in a live CT-vac before it ships.

Status/Pre-Order:
All research, design, testing, and prototyping is complete, and Maxsys is ready to enter the production phase. Initial orders are expected to be ready to ship within a month. The cost for Maxsys is $129.

Initial demand is expected to be high. So I will be accepting pre-orders now to get the first orders complete as quickly as possible. To get yours before the rush, visit rts-engineering.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask here or by emailing maxsys@rts-engineering.com.

« Last Edit: March 26, 2016, 02:03 PM by Rick Christopherson »

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2016, 06:37 AM »
This looks great. Just one question; does installation invalidate the Festool warranty on the extractor?

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2016, 06:45 AM »
Does it only switch ON/OFF or also the Auto/Man?

A wireless automated outlet switch is way cheaper then.
I've got this one and it only cost €30.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 07:08 AM »
Very nice Rick... what kind of range does it have?


custom engineered to communicate directly with the vacuum's internal control board, and fully utilize the existing, yet hidden, capabilities of the CT-Series vacuums.


What does this mean?

Thanks

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2016, 07:27 AM »
Does it only switch ON/OFF or also the Auto/Man?

From what I understood from the text, it doesn't interfere with the normal AUTO working of the standard outlet whereas your wireless switch would. It's a *supplement* to the standard operation allowing you to also switch the extractor on remotely.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 07:55 AM »
What would be better is a wireless signal from all cordless tools that triggers the extractor. Trouble is Festool would have to do that

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2016, 08:13 AM »
Sweet Rick. Nice add on. Been wanting one for awhile.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2016, 08:21 AM »
Very nice Rick... what kind of range does it have?


custom engineered to communicate directly with the vacuum's internal control board, and fully utilize the existing, yet hidden, capabilities of the CT-Series vacuums.




What does this mean?

Thanks

It means under the cover and part of the festools circuit board are two pins which are connected together by a simple relay which forms part of the aftermarket receiver.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2016, 09:02 AM »
I poke myself in the gut with the sliding table components on my CMS every time I'm reaching around to switch from tool activated mode to manual. I picked up a remote switch, but this is even better for the CT.  Looking forward to it!
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2016, 09:09 AM »

From what I understood from the text, it doesn't interfere with the normal AUTO working of the standard outlet whereas your wireless switch would. It's a *supplement* to the standard operation allowing you to also switch the extractor on remotely.

Why not run a line from the vac to a user made duplex outlet, plug your normal tool into one half, then the remote into the other.  Finally, plug a lamp into the remote outlet to simulate a load.  This seems a lot cheaper.  (BTW, I think I first saw Peter Parfait do this).

It is what I'll have to do, since I have a midi.

But, a few questions for Rick:
1) Why exclude the mini and midi?  Do they not have the module bay?
2) Is there an option to purchase extra remotes?  I could envision wanting to leave one at specific tools, and having one in my shop apron.
3) There appears to be an "A" and a "B" switch.  Could you control 2 items if an extra CT module was purchased, or is this set up as "off/on"?  In my case, I have both a CT and a full on DC, so I would love to have a remote the could interact with either.  Of course, I'd have to wire up my own relay for the DC, but could use your switch.
4) Could I complete the above by purchasing 2 sets?  This would mean that I'd somehow need to get in and hack at the frequencies.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2016, 12:33 PM »
Looks like a nice solution.  Will you also be coming out with something similar for the Midi?

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2016, 01:07 PM »
Hey @Rick Christopherson ,

I went ahead and ordered one for the simple fact that it will look seamless when installed.  I was looking at some other units that needed one part plugged in and one remote which would absolutely work, but look a bit clunky.  Glad I waited a few days!

One suggestion maybe for round two, but perhaps you could engineer the remote into a velcro sleeve like the one here.  I really like that as it would be "one less thing to misplace".  I am sure I can jerry-rig something in the meantime.

Look forward to getting this and immediately put it to use!

Cheers.  Bryan.



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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2016, 01:12 PM »

But, a few questions for Rick:
1) Why exclude the mini and midi?  Do they not have the module bay?
2) Is there an option to purchase extra remotes?  I could envision wanting to leave one at specific tools, and having one in my shop apron.
3) There appears to be an "A" and a "B" switch.  Could you control 2 items if an extra CT module was purchased, or is this set up as "off/on"?  In my case, I have both a CT and a full on DC, so I would love to have a remote the could interact with either.  Of course, I'd have to wire up my own relay for the DC, but could use your switch.
4) Could I complete the above by purchasing 2 sets?  This would mean that I'd somehow need to get in and hack at the frequencies.

1) Unfortunately, the Mini/Midi control board is not designed for remote activation.

2) I'll have to double check. I'm not sure that the receiver can pair to more than one remote at a time.

3) Interesting question. Yes, by default one button starts the vac and the other button turns it off. However, it can be changed with a jumper, so the same button toggles the output on/off. I'd have to experiment to see if I can pair one button to one receiver and the other button to another receiver. However, I can get a 4-button remote for you. I would have to test whether I can pair separate buttons to separate receivers. I could set up receiver to handle you dust collector.

4) No hacking required. The receivers can be paired to fobs easily.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2016, 01:24 PM »
Rick - So with my CT22 there is no accessory module but the control board does have the pins for the activator for the air module. SO is it fairly easy plug and play to install your receiver? Is there a spot to install the receiver securely in the CT22?

thanks Ron

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2016, 01:28 PM »
This looks great. Just one question; does installation invalidate the Festool warranty on the extractor?

No. You're not modifying the vac in any way. Opening the module accessory bay is not a modification, as Festool already sells accessories for this bay.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2016, 01:32 PM »

One suggestion maybe for round two, but perhaps you could engineer the remote into a velcro sleeve like the one here.  I really like that as it would be "one less thing to misplace".  I am sure I can jerry-rig something in the meantime.

Interesting Idea. I've got a friend that is doing a few things in that type of industry. He is actually looking for a product idea like the one you just mentioned. So I'll pass it along to him.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2016, 01:49 PM »
Rick - So with my CT22 there is no accessory module but the control board does have the pins for the activator for the air module. SO is it fairly easy plug and play to install your receiver? Is there a spot to install the receiver securely in the CT22?

thanks Ron

Without a module bay, I can't specifically produce a Maxsys for the CT22. However, I have a CT22 myself, so I could look into it privately for you.

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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2016, 02:00 PM »
Thanks, but not necessary...Yet...

You might want to change the wording on your description to make sure that folks understand that your product is designed for the CT models that have the accessory module bay. So those would be the current generation of CTs... the 26,36 and the 48 BUT not the prior CT22 and CT33.

Ron

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2016, 02:01 PM »
Does it only switch ON/OFF or also the Auto/Man?

A wireless automated outlet switch is way cheaper then.
I've got this one and it only cost €30.

Yes, there are a lot of plug-in products like that. The problem with them is that you lose all other functionality of your vac. You can no longer use tool-activated auto start, or even manual start. The only control you have is with the remote.

Maxsys works in conjunction with the CT's built-in functions. So you could literally start the vac using a TS55, and while the saw was running, press the remote, and the remote would continue to operate the vac until the other button was pressed.

Here's an example that I run into all the time: I'm running the router ploughing out dados, or something, and after a pass, I want to vacuum up the stray sawdust. So I pull the hose off the router, and then have to pull the trigger on the router to make the vacuum run. That's not very safe. With Maxsys, I can run the vac in tool-mode, and without having to change anything, I can press the button and trigger the vac without needing to turn the router on.  [thumbs up]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2016, 02:04 PM »
You might want to change the wording on your description to make sure that folks understand that your product is designed for the CT models that have the accessory module bay. So those would be the current generation of CTs... the 26,36 and the 48 BUT not the prior CT22 and CT33.

Thanks for pointing that out. I modified my original post to reflect this.

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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2016, 02:47 PM »
This looks great. Just one question; does installation invalidate the Festool warranty on the extractor?

No. You're not modifying the vac in any way. Opening the module accessory bay is not a modification, as Festool already sells accessories for this bay.

Sorry, but this is not correct. This definitely counts as a modification when Festool does it themselves, let alone when it's done with a 3rd party module. If Festool suspects any failure is due to the use of this contraption, they can and will refuse a warranty claim.

Remember the original Dust Deputy that handled the static wrongly and fried some CT boards? Festool refused warranty. And you didn't even have to open the vac for that.

as Festool already sells accessories for this bay.

Just wondering, do they sell these accessories in the USA?

On European websites they state any module has to be installed by an authorised installer. One can deduct that not using an authorised installer will automatically void your warranty. After all, you're electrically modifying your vac.

Also wondering, is this product certified by Festool for use with the CT vacs, or any other organisation, like for instance UL? This might be of significance for those who use their tools professionally.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2016, 02:57 PM »
Sorry, but this is not correct.

I'm sorry Alex, but you're making blanket statements without even knowing anything about the product. Unfortunately I can't debate this with you publicly because it would involve confidential information regarding Festool that I am not at liberty to discuss.

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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2016, 03:22 PM »
Sorry, but this is not correct.

I'm sorry Alex, but you're making blanket statements without even knowing anything about the product. Unfortunately I can't debate this with you publicly because it would involve confidential information regarding Festool that I am not at liberty to discuss.

Rick, since this requires an electrical modification of the CT vac, you'd think a multinational company like Festool has some safeguards in place. Blanket statement? This is warranty class 101. Deny every warranty on materials or modifications not specifically certified by your own company. OR done by a qualified installer.

Second, not wanting to discuss this in public is a really poor show and does not show a lot of confidence on your side.

If for instance, Festool or UL would have certified your product, it most certainly would be public information. Furthermore, considering America's eagerness to sue for large sums of money when something goes wrong I'd urge you to take all these things into consideration for your own financial security.

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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2016, 03:48 PM »
I've pre-ordered - have been toying with the idea of making something like this for exactly what Rick describes - using the router (with auto on/off functionality) and then needing to vacuum up the table/floor - really annoying to have to go back to the vac to switch it into 'on' mode.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2016, 04:01 PM »
Rick, since this requires an electrical modification of the CT vac.....

Here is where you are going astray. There is no electrical modification to the vacuum. Not only am I an electrical engineer, but I am a Festool-trusted electrical engineer. My confidentiality agreement with Festool precludes me from explaining that further, but I have served as a consultant in that capacity. I'm not being shady. I'm contractually precluded from explaining.

The answer is pretty simple; if you're not comfortable, then don't buy the product. But if you do, then I will personally guarantee that it cannot, and will not, damage your CT vac. I can make that statement because I have gone to great extents to ensure that it can't happen.

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« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2016, 04:04 PM »
Rick, since this requires an electrical modification of the CT vac.....

Here is where you are going astray. There is no electrical modification to the vacuum. Not only am I an electrical engineer, but I am a Festool-trusted electrical engineer. My confidentiality agreement with Festool precludes me from explaining that further, but I have served as a consultant in that capacity. I'm not being shady. I'm contractually precluded from explaining.

The answer is pretty simple; if you're not comfortable, then don't buy the product. But if you do, then I will personally guarantee that it cannot, and will not, damage your CT vac. I can make that statement because I have gone to great extents to ensure that it can't happen.

Playing devil's advocate. Given Festool's love of expensive accessories and "system" approach, why have Festool not made one of these themselves if there's no down side to it?

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2016, 04:09 PM »
There is no real possibility that this device could damage your vac, I would say near impossible. so a warrantee issue would not happen. If I had one fitted to my ct and the vacuum broke I would remove the remote module before it went for service. Im just surprised festool don't sell it themselves.
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« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2016, 04:20 PM »
Playing devil's advocate. Given Festool's love of expensive accessories and "system" approach, why have Festool not made one of these themselves if there's no down side to it?

I can't answer that. I actually offered this concept to Festool over a year ago as a freebie idea to them. I had no intention to pursue it, until I realized that if I didn't, no one would. With all of the cordless tools coming out, I saw it as just too important of a feature for woodworkers to let the idea die. I sat on this idea for over 6 months before deciding to tackle it.

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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2016, 04:34 PM »
absolutely brilliant idea!  Congrats.

next step... RF module that hooks into the cordless on/off to turn on the vac.  and voila no silly remote to lose!!

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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2016, 04:36 PM »
this is great news rick.
given your close relationship with festool.I wonder could you get an approved by manufacturer status.

will this work on all vacs , even those out side of the usa
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« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2016, 04:44 PM »
what a great product idea. 
this of course begs to be packaged into one of those micro systainers that i saw at woodcraft one time.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2016, 05:11 PM »
absolutely brilliant idea!  Congrats.

next step... RF module that hooks into the cordless on/off to turn on the vac.  and voila no silly remote to lose!!

I didn't mention it earlier because I was already too wordy, but I do want to give a special thanks to Ryan Wenner of Seneca Woodworking (home of the DomiPlate) for graciously providing me with the rapid-prototype components to make sure everything fit in the module bay. Ryan and Ron are truly good friends and I am indebted to them both.

I mention that because Ryan made the same comment to me a couple weeks ago. While it is a great idea, I am reluctant to consider it because it would either require modifying a Festool product (which I will not do) or opens up needless liability for attaching something non-permanently to a power tool.

I can defend that Maxsys does not interfere with a Festool product, but I could not make the same claim with any sort of remote sensor. Sorry.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2016, 05:24 PM »
will this work on all vacs , even those out side of the usa

Yes. All research so far indicates that Maxsys will be totally universal to all countries, regardless what their power system involves. I have a friend in Australia that has done some special research for me, and in exchange, I will be giving him the very first Maxsys produced so that he can confirm all of our data that this is entirely universal for all countries.

I already know Maxsys is universal. The only thing I need to verify is that it is universal without any modifications from country-to-country. So far, everything is pointing to it being 100% universal for all countries.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2016, 06:46 PM »
Since it has been many years since the introduction of the CT 26 and CT 36, I would assume that all CT 22 and CT 33 models are out of warranty. Therefore developing a DIY version for the 22 and 33 would not be a warranty issue, only some very small possibility of a liability issue perhaps.

I think you have a very clever device here, but I am not yet ready to sell my Mini and 33 to buy a newer model just to use your remote.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2016, 07:30 PM »
Since it has been many years since the introduction of the CT 26 and CT 36, I would assume that all CT 22 and CT 33 models are out of warranty. Therefore developing a DIY version for the 22 and 33 would not be a warranty issue, only some very small possibility of a liability issue perhaps.

I think you have a very clever device here, but I am not yet ready to sell my Mini and 33 to buy a newer model just to use your remote.

This idea first hit me over a decade ago because I use my CT-mini for cleaning the house, and I have a 25-foot hose on it. I hate having to drag the hose all the way up the stairs, and then having to trudge all the way back down the stairs to turn the vac on. But I opened up the control board on the CT-Mini, and it just does not support the function. I wish it did, because I really, really want this function on my CT-mini more than any other vac I own.

I cannot advertise Maxsys for the CT22/33 because using it would require opening up the vac in a way that Festool cannot condone. That doesn't mean it can't be done, but I cannot market a product with that intent. I can't even say I would privately offer it, except the previous poster obviously knew enough about his CT22 to know how it might connect. He may be an exception, but certainly not the rule.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #35 on: March 27, 2016, 08:46 AM »
Congrats on an innovative and convenient idea, Rick. There will be naysayers but I hope it goes well for you.

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« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2016, 03:41 PM »
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.
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« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2016, 04:13 PM »
I love this idea and am going to plug in an order. There's loads of applications I could find this handy with. Aerofix being number 1 in my mind.

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« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2016, 04:56 PM »
So far in just the first 24 hours, the interest has been very strong, and even a few people have ordered multiple modules. So I've put in an inquiry with my supplier to ask if 4-button remotes are available. I won't know until after the weekend, though.

If they're available, and I'm pretty sure they are, I'll test them out to make sure they can pair to 2 receivers, and then offer those buyers the option of which type of remote they wish to have.

I hadn't considered that option before, so I'm glad I made this early announcement to get the feedback.  [thumbs up]

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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2016, 05:12 PM »

So far in just the first 24 hours, the interest has been very strong, and even a few people have ordered multiple modules. So I've put in an inquiry with my supplier to ask if 4-button remotes are available. I won't know until after the weekend, though.

If they're available, and I'm pretty sure they are, I'll test them out to make sure they can pair to 2 receivers, and then offer those buyers the option of which type of remote they wish to have.

I hadn't considered that option before, so I'm glad I made this early announcement to get the feedback.  [thumbs up]

Glad to be part of this Rick. Let me know if your friend would be interested in coming up with a remote holder for the hose end. Would love to hear about it.

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« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2016, 05:54 PM »
I'd love to pull the pin on this item as I'm always routing, vacuuming, sanding, vacuuming, Dominoing, vacuuming. The problem is I own a MIDI and a CT 22, so that pretty much eliminates me from the hunt.  [crying]

I also like the hose sleeve idea of Bryan's. The remote would always be readily at hand.

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« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2016, 05:59 PM »
I was thinking that I might get someone to 3D print me one for my 27mm hose and one for my 36 and have the remote just slip into it. Was thinking it could be printed with the spirals so I slip the tool connection off and "screw" this adapter on and put the nozzle back on. I also like the Velcro, but think it would need to be somewhat durable.

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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2016, 06:02 PM »
Great idea Rick. It's a shame that Festool is such a niche market. I'm sure there are plenty of other brands that would be enhanced by your product too.
Congrats on an innovative and convenient idea, Rick. There will be naysayers but I hope it goes well for you.
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« Reply #43 on: March 27, 2016, 06:12 PM »
I was thinking that I might get someone to 3D print me one for my 27mm hose and one for my 36 and have the remote just slip into it. Was thinking it could be printed with the spirals so I slip the tool connection off and "screw" this adapter on and put the nozzle back on. I also like the Velcro, but think it would need to be somewhat durable.

Cheers. Bryan.

Bryan you could try something like this and a couple of zip ties.

http://www.amazon.com/Remote-Kote-remote-cover-Tesla/dp/B00FKOO82C

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« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2016, 07:26 PM »


Bryan you could try something like this and a couple of zip ties.

http://www.amazon.com/Remote-Kote-remote-cover-Tesla/dp/B00FKOO82C

But then I might get it confused with my Tesla remote!  What if I am trying to vac out my P85d and my car takes off!!

;^)

I will come up with something...  I will see if Rick's "guy" has any thoughts. I could also just order the sleeve from Fastcap.

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« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2016, 09:24 PM »
I've been using the wireless remote from FastCap for the past couple of years.  Really like the convenience.  But I had been thinking about the idea of a remote that would not require me to flip the manual / automatic switch when switching from a triggered tool to just the vac.  Glad to see this.

I also burned out a relay on the FastCap when I was ripping some white oak and ended up finding a replacement relay and soldering it in place.  The amp draw from the ripping was too much for the FastCap unit.

Congrats on a cool new addition.  I'll move the FastCap remote to my Midi now!

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« Reply #46 on: March 27, 2016, 10:47 PM »
I've got a ct26 and I've been looking to do this with a lightbulb and other ways .
This will be perfect and I ordered within a minute of the post going up
When I'm fitting a kitchen I can run the hose in through the window with a 240v lead with it (as I do now ) but when I just want to hoover up press the button but a can still use the auto on off with the power tools it's perfect .
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

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2016, 04:48 AM »
Well my distributor tells me that a 4-button remote is available. I'm requesting a sample so I can test it out to ensure it functions as desired across 2 different receivers. For those that have already ordered 2 Maxsys modules, I will contact you separately to offer the option and discuss it.

Update: I don't know if I'll have to change this in the future, but for now, all pre-orders of multiple Maxsys modules can choose to have a 4-button remote at no additional charge, and i will contact each person before I ship to ask them for their choice. (Pending successful testing, of course.)

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« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2016, 04:55 AM »
I'd love to pull the pin on this item as I'm always routing, vacuuming, sanding, vacuuming, Dominoing, vacuuming. The problem is I own a MIDI and a CT 22, so that pretty much eliminates me from the hunt.  [crying]

I also like the hose sleeve idea of Bryan's. The remote would always be readily at hand.

@Cheese , You would be another exception. If I can determine that a Maxsys can fit inside of a CT22, you could bring your CT22 to my shop and I could install it for you. I'll examine my own CT22 in the next day or 2.
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« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2016, 09:51 AM »
Well @Rick Christopherson, I'd be all over this one.  [thumbs up] Thanks...just let me know...

It would be nice if that hose sleeve to hold the remote would also retain the end of the Plug it cord. I used a Velcro tie wrap to keep the cord from flopping around when I vacuum.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2016, 10:08 AM by Cheese »

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« Reply #50 on: March 28, 2016, 03:01 PM »

Well my distributor tells me that a 4-button remote is available. I'm requesting a sample so I can test it out to ensure it functions as desired across 2 different receivers. For those that have already ordered 2 Maxsys modules, I will contact you separately to offer the option and discuss it.

Update: I don't know if I'll have to change this in the future, but for now, all pre-orders of multiple Maxsys modules can choose to have a 4-button remote at no additional charge, and i will contact each person before I ship to ask them for their choice. (Pending successful testing, of course.)

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Thanks Rick... Looking forward to the test results.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #51 on: March 28, 2016, 03:18 PM »
I have another question if you don't mind @Rick Christopherson ?

Is this powered by the extractor it's fitted in, or does it require batteries?

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« Reply #52 on: March 28, 2016, 03:19 PM »
Way to go Rick!

I'd be ordering one today if my vacs were compatible...

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« Reply #53 on: March 28, 2016, 03:42 PM »
I have another question if you don't mind @Rick Christopherson ?

Is this powered by the extractor it's fitted in, or does it require batteries?

Yes, the receiver is powered by the extractor, but it is such a low power consumption of just a couple milliamps that it does not trigger the built-in autostart. The receiver also has an intelligent power supply, and that is why the same model will function in any country regardless of voltage.

For safety, Festool disables all autostart functions when the vac is off or in manual mode. So Maxsys also won't draw any power unless the vacuum is in auto-mode.

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« Reply #54 on: March 29, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Looks very nice.  Just ordered one for my CT26 and will replacement fobs be available and how to order.  I know myself!  LOL

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« Reply #55 on: March 29, 2016, 06:49 PM »
Looks very nice.  Just ordered one for my CT26 and will replacement fobs be available and how to order.  I know myself!  LOL

Yes, replacement Fobs will be available. I haven't set the cost yet, but I plan to keep them reasonable, as I don't like the idea of punishing customers for using or losing their tools.  8)

I ordered all of the electronics last night, including ordering a batch of 4-button remotes, even though I haven't tested them yet. I'm sure they will test OK, and I want to be prepared for those already requesting them.

I did some last minute tweaks on the plastics, and will be ordering them tomorrow after the manufacturer overnights some sample finishes to me. They have a guaranteed 15 day turnaround.

It's moving fast now.


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« Reply #56 on: March 29, 2016, 06:58 PM »
Rick, could/would you design a similar receiver that could be used with a 120v 2hp dust extractor (harbor freight) that could then be paired with the four button remote?  That way,  you could have one remote for both CT and the bigger extractor.
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« Reply #57 on: March 29, 2016, 09:27 PM »
Rick, could/would you design a similar receiver that could be used with a 110v 2hp dust extractor (harbor freight) that could then be paired with the four button remote?  That way,  you could have one remote for both CT and the bigger extractor.

Yes, I can do that. You're the second person to ask. I think there may be a few more who want that option.  [thumbs up]

It would still use a Maxsys receiver, but I would need to pair it with a motor contactor to handle the 2 hp load.
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« Reply #58 on: March 29, 2016, 10:02 PM »
Yes, I can do that. You're the second person to ask. I think there may be a few more who want that option.  [thumbs up]

Rick I'd also be interested in that option for a 1 1/2 HP Jet cyclone. Wouldn't that mean you'd need to power the receiver with a battery?

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« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2016, 10:08 PM »
No, the receiver has a built-in switching power supply to operate from 85V to 250V. So the only thing I would need to get is a motor contactor rated for your motor. The contactor should have a coil voltage (control voltage) that is the same as your motor so that everything is powered from the same incoming power cord.

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« 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.

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« 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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« 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]

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« 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

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« 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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« Reply #65 on: April 01, 2016, 05:14 PM »
What a clever product you've came up with !!! 

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« 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.

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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. 

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« 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.
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« 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.
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« 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.

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« 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.
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« 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 »
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« 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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« 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.
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« 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.
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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.

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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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« 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]

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« 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.
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« 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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« 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.
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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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« 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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« 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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« Reply #92 on: April 13, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Would it be possible to order just extra remotes

Thanks

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.


Great thanks

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« 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?

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« 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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« 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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« Reply #111 on: April 18, 2016, 09:12 PM »
Thanks for the info.

JT

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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

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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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« Reply #121 on: April 20, 2016, 05:50 PM »
Great, I'll try tomarrow

Mark

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« 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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« Reply #123 on: April 21, 2016, 05:48 AM »
That's great Rick!  Looking forward to receiving them!
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« 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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« 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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« 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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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.

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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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« 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!

Neil

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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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« 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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« Reply #150 on: April 29, 2016, 10:24 PM »
I forgot to mention above that I bought a few extra parts of everything. So if anyone else is interested in the DC kit, let me know.

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« Reply #151 on: April 30, 2016, 08:49 AM »
Just to add mine came in on Thursday. simple installation. Works a treat.  Going to be real handy.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #152 on: April 30, 2016, 02:31 PM »


 Rick packaged mine up with 2 units.  One for my CT36 and the other to hook to my Felder RL160.  I have Felders auto start box installed in the RL so that it turns the dust collector on when I start my slider.  My RL160 is also plumbed to my Edgebander, CNC, Pocket hole machine and Kapex.  Now I have wireless start/stop of the RL from all my work stations.  It really works great and was a simple install as others have stated. 

Thanks Rick! 

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« Reply #153 on: April 30, 2016, 02:40 PM »
I'm getting all exited for delivery now  [big grin]

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« Reply #154 on: April 30, 2016, 03:49 PM »
I'm getting all exited for delivery now  [big grin]

In the past I have found that shipping into the UK goes pretty fast. I once had one get there in 3 days, but that was some sort of fluke. I expect that yours should be arriving in just a few more days.

But I really took it in the shorts on all international shipments. The USPS just did an unannounced massive price increase on international small flat rate boxes. The cost to Canada doubled, and the cost elsewhere went up by 1/3.

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« Reply #155 on: May 01, 2016, 12:30 AM »
I know it's in the lap of the gods I had some systainer clips from etsy shipped usps and it went backward and forward over the Atlantic four times .

Sad I know but it's one of those things I've wanted for a couple of years and I'm like a big kid at Christmas and am stamping by feet  [wink]

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« Reply #156 on: May 04, 2016, 05:40 AM »
Just to give an update on the Dust Collector option that several people have requested. They are taking a little more time to assemble than I expected, but I am pleased with the final outcome. With the clear cover, you can easily tell these are not the el-cheapo DC remotes you'll find at Rockler or Woodcraft that can barely handle a small DC unit.

Just for reference, the power relay and heatsink are 3 inches tall. They are rated at 40 amps at either 120/240/480 volts. As soon as I finish filling the orders, I'll make one for my own 240V, 3hp Powermatic twin bag DC. I've always wanted a DC remote for my Powermatic for when I'm running the planer and wide belt sander. I'm even going to rig one up for the pneumatic solenoid on my compressor so I can control the valve from either the workshop or garage. That's going to be really handy, because the wide belt sander needs both compressed air for controls and dust collection, and these are each on opposite ends of my shop.

The default setup comes with both an inlet and outlet power cord in either 120 or 240 volt configuration. But as a few have already learned, we can rig this up to tie directly into some existing DC controls.


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« Reply #157 on: May 04, 2016, 10:35 AM »
Looks real good Rick...can't wait to get mine. [thumbs up]

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« Reply #158 on: May 04, 2016, 10:45 AM »
Sounds good, Rick.  Just out of curiosity, if I ever decided to use it on a 240v tool/dust collector, what would I have to do to change it from 120 to 240 volt?

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« Reply #159 on: May 04, 2016, 03:47 PM »
Sounds good, Rick.  Just out of curiosity, if I ever decided to use it on a 240v tool/dust collector, what would I have to do to change it from 120 to 240 volt?

Nothing.  [big grin]
Just cut the 120 volt plugs off and install 240 volt plugs. That's it. Everything is automatic and universal inside. I had spent a lot of time searching for parts that would be universal voltage just for this very reason.

But if anyone orders a 240 volt 50/60hz version, I'll put a 240 volt U.S. plug on it. If I can source an EU plug at a reasonable price, I'll even put one of those on.

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« Reply #160 on: May 04, 2016, 04:03 PM »
Sounds good, Rick.  Just out of curiosity, if I ever decided to use it on a 240v tool/dust collector, what would I have to do to change it from 120 to 240 volt?

Nothing.  [big grin]
Just cut the 120 volt plugs off and install 240 volt plugs. That's it. Everything is automatic and universal inside. I had spent a lot of time searching for parts that would be universal voltage just for this very reason.

But if anyone orders a 240 volt 50/60hz version, I'll put a 240 volt U.S. plug on it. If I can source an EU plug at a reasonable price, I'll even put one of those on.
Excellent.  That's smart engineering.   [emoji106]
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« Reply #161 on: May 04, 2016, 04:18 PM »
There's something so cool about transparent equipment boxes...  [wink]

Great work as always Rick.

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« Reply #162 on: May 04, 2016, 06:39 PM »
Ok I'm in just ordered mine. ;D
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« Reply #163 on: May 15, 2016, 03:16 PM »
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« Reply #164 on: May 15, 2016, 03:26 PM »
For some reason it posted three times. Sometimes I can't get any to post.
Anyway, this is how I hooked the MAXSYS Wireless Remote for the CT-26. It maybe hard to see but it's the black box with the ribs.
I drilled a hole in the bottom of the control box, fed the wires thru then put the control box panel back. I caulked the hole where the wires where coming out and glued the box to the side of the vac.
It went very well and actually works, I have little knowledge of these kind of things.
Thanks Rick for your idea.

Mark

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« Reply #165 on: May 15, 2016, 03:31 PM »
243572-0
This is the remote for the Powermatic DC. This particular Powermatic came with a remote that really didn't work at a distance.
Now I can be in another room and the MAXSYS Wireless Remote picks it up.

Thanks again Rick,

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« Reply #166 on: May 15, 2016, 03:42 PM »
Anyway, this is how I hooked the MAXSYS Wireless Remote for the CT-22. It maybe hard to see but it's the black box with the ribs.

I like how you mounted that. We still have to do this for Cheese's CT-22, so he may decide to do the same. You also did a great job on mounting for the PM1300.

(Just in case anyone didn't realize, this is a CT-22, not CT-26. )

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« Reply #167 on: May 15, 2016, 05:20 PM »
I'm going to have to email you when I get my first stationary tool (with the required dust collection).  This is awesome.  Meanwhile I finally installed mine on the CT26 yesterday, it's brilliant!  Thank you for putting these together!
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« Reply #168 on: May 15, 2016, 05:22 PM »
Thanks for getting mine here across the pond and it avoided they spying eyes of customs too lol

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« Reply #169 on: May 15, 2016, 05:55 PM »

This is the remote for the Powermatic DC.

Yeah, we all know you took that picture just to show off your Grass Eco-Press in the background.  [big grin] [big grin]  [thumbs up]

I've had the manual version for about 20 years, but a few years ago I snagged a pneumatic version like yours for my father, for next to nothing. The seller used his for line-bore, but was selling it configured for hinges. As a result, he had his air pressure set too high, which cased the motor to stall. Because none of us could figure out why his motor was stalling, I talked him down on price on the basis (risk), that if I couldn't fix it, I would buy it from my father for parts to upgrade mine to pneumatic. He understood the risk I was assuming, and he agreed to it.

When I got it back to my shop, I did some troubleshooting and that's when I discovered it was simply the air pressure. I did feel a little guilty, but the original risk was real. None of us could figure out why it was failing in his shop.

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« Reply #170 on: May 15, 2016, 08:09 PM »
No, you missed it,  the picture was to show how useful a kitchen drawer silverware organizer can be. [big grin]

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« Reply #171 on: May 15, 2016, 08:52 PM »
Actually, I replaced that with an LR 32 Hole Drilling Set. I'm not sure what to do with it now.

I was making a Systainer Port using the Sys-AZ Pull Out Drawers. I drilled one side of the upright only to turn it to drill for the other, in order to match the holes in the slides, and realized the Grass wouldn't reach the depth to drill.  Now, I could have drilled them by hand but....then I thought about that video Mr. EROCK made and how he made several of them in about, oh I don't know how long was that video..5 minutes?

I'm not sure how to respond to that guy everytime he has a video I spend money my wife hasn't got. Not only that but I'm still working on mine. I don't know how he does it.

Recently he's offered to me a free hands on trial of the Vac-Sys Vacuum Clamping System. I'll tell you I'm scared of this guy [eek]

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« Reply #172 on: May 15, 2016, 09:19 PM »
Actually, I replaced that with an LR 32 Hole Drilling Set. I'm not sure what to do with it now.

AAAaaaahhhhh! [scared] [eek] [scared] [eek]

Oh, I hadn't looked very close until now. You do know that the main purpose of your Eco-Press is for drilling European Cup hinges, don't you? The line-boring head that you have is an optional accessory (which I don't have, myself) that installs onto the main head. The main head bores the hole for a cup hinge, plus the 2 side holes for self-insertion dowels. The black-handled lever to the right is a manual press to insert the hinges into the drilled holes (but the hinge holder is missing from yours).

So if you use European Cup hinges with self-insertion dowels, you can drill AND install both hinges on a door in about 30 seconds!!! It literally takes longer to pick up your door from a stack, than it does to install the hinges on it.

I couldn't find a good picture, but at the last moment I did better, and found a video showing how it all works.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #173 on: May 15, 2016, 09:56 PM »
   Earlier in this thread it was said that the MAXSYS would probably not integrate well into the CT-SYS. That's too bad. I would actually like one for that. It is a vac that I have already used in two situations where it would have been great to have the remote. One, working in a small bathroom on the floor with the vac outside the door. The other a similar task with the vac out of reach. Had to keep getting up and moving to the vac to turn on/off and wished I had a remote. This is a vac that I will be using for small area and or small job situations. I can see this coming up a lot. More for middle of task or between task clean up than on tools.

Seth

 

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« Reply #174 on: May 15, 2016, 10:29 PM »
Well Seth, I can make it work, I just can't make it integral like it would be with the bigger vacs.

I don't have a CT-Sys, and I seriously doubt that Festool is about to send me one.  [big grin] But maybe if I can get my hands on one for a few minutes I could come up with something reasonably simple to do.

At a minimum, I know I could put together a smaller version of a cord-connected Maxsys-DC that can easily handle the much lower power requirements of the CT-Sys.

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« Reply #175 on: May 15, 2016, 10:42 PM »
Hmmm, yeah, the clean integration is the attraction. Might end up just going with an off the shelf plug in unit. But .....

Seth

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« Reply #176 on: May 15, 2016, 10:44 PM »
Or maybe installed inside the hose garage portion with the wiring dis-connectable if the top and bottom units need to be separated?

Seth

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #177 on: May 15, 2016, 10:57 PM »
Interesting idea. I've only had my hands on a CT-Sys for about 30 seconds a few weeks ago, but maybe I can work out some way to take a longer look. There is a small enough retailer nearby I just discovered that maybe I can convince them to let me take a longer look at one. If I give them a Maxsys in return, they can probably do party tricks in the store as customers walk by.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #178 on: May 16, 2016, 03:20 PM »
Rick, I have a Felder RL 125, which requires holding down the green push button for 5 seconds.    There is an upper relay, which controls the start circuit to bring the motor to speed and drops out when the green push button start button is released.  Can your DC remote mimic holding down the green push button for 5 seconds?

Thanks, Storm

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« Reply #179 on: May 16, 2016, 04:34 PM »
Storm,
The simple answer to your question is yes. There is a third mode that Maxsys-DC supports that I haven't mentioned before, where the output is momentary for as long as you hold the button down.

However, now that you've told me that you have to do the same thing when you push the On button on the front of your DC, I'm wondering if you would like to fix this permanently?

What we can do is find you a voltage-controlled relay, which is what Felder should have designed into the system in the first place. This relay will automatically hold the start circuit active until your motor gets up to speed. That's what you are doing manually when they force you to hold the start button down for 5 seconds. Here's a picture of one that I've worked with before, and is in a piece of equipment in my garage that I finished writing the factory service manual for a few months ago.



This will eliminate the need to hold any buttons down for 5 seconds. Then we'll just need to figure out how to integrate a Maxsys module into your existing motor controls. I'll try and find some schematics on the internet, unless you happen to have any. If you have the chance, snap a couple pictures of the inside of your control panel and either post them here, or email them to me, whichever is easier for you.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #180 on: May 16, 2016, 04:48 PM »
Storm,
I think I just figured out how to integrate Maxsys into your existing controls without disabling your front panel On/Off buttons. If your machine is the same as the one shown in the document you sent last night, both of the contactors in the machine are the same. So if we add the voltage-controlled relay, you will have a spare/unused contactor already in place. We could then wire them up to work in parallel, with the upper contactor being controlled by Maxsys, and the lower contactor controlled by your onboard push buttons.

This is because your push buttons need a self-sustaining relay, but Maxsys does not. So the upper contactor would be active only when Maxsys is active, and the bottom one would operate in self-sustain mode for the push buttons.

So the first thing we need to do is get you that voltage-controlled relay and get it installed. Then we can do some manual testing to verify my assumptions about your contactors.

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« Reply #181 on: May 16, 2016, 06:38 PM »
Storm,
I did some searching on eBay and I found a potential relay that I like and at a reasonable price. (Supco APR5) It is solid state, and universal with an adjustable pickup voltage. It also has a cutout feature to protect the motor windings if the motor fails to start.

Here's the catalog sheet on it.
supco.e-shop.co.il/itemfiles/151_potential%20relays.pdf

There are a few eBay listings, and you can search for a few more for yourself (or Amazon). For $20 I think it worth the minor risk to go ahead and order one of these for yourself. While you're waiting for it to arrive, we'll figure out how to connect it. (I'll need to trace the wires inside the control box, so take several pictures from slightly different angles because so I can see where various wires are overlapping each other.)
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #182 on: May 16, 2016, 07:58 PM »
(Attachment Link)
This is the remote for the Powermatic DC. This particular Powermatic came with a remote that really didn't work at a distance.
Now I can be in another room and the MAXSYS Wireless Remote picks it up.

Thanks again Rick,

Mark

Thanks Rick for pointing that out. I bought it used ( he didn't tell me how to use it) for both line boring and 35mm ( I think it's 35mm) hole boring for hinges.
  But I never took off the line boring accessory, didn't know it was an accessory,  I just took out all the drills and replaced them with the cup bit after I drilled the hole I would put the hinge in the hole and drill the two screw holes by hand with a guide bit.  [embarassed] [embarassed] [embarassed] [embarassed]
I always wondered what that black arm was for. I'm going to have to look at this thing again because I do like euro hinges.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #183 on: May 16, 2016, 08:33 PM »
Mark,
Yeah, there should be 3 bore bits for the hinges, the big 35mm, and two 8mm.

You need to order your hinges with dowels, but they should actually be cheaper due to popularity by professional shops. The dowels are barbed plastic so they just press into the 8mm holes. But you can still unscrew the hinges if ever necessary, and the dowels just stay in the holes.

Not only are they faster, but you never have to worry about splitting the wood from a screw.

It took me a while to find a picture of one of them upside down, but here is a common hinge with the dowels.

 

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #184 on: May 16, 2016, 10:14 PM »
Rick,

Will the Maxsys work to power up the Vac-Sys?

Thanks
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« Reply #185 on: May 16, 2016, 10:22 PM »
Rick,

Will the Maxsys work to power up the Vac-Sys?

Thanks
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Yes. All it would take is a power cord. Come to think of it, the new Vacsys could probably be wired right into the switch.

Edit to add, Didn't you get a Maxsys for your CT-22? If so, you could play with it to try on your Vacsys. The standard relay on Maxsys would easily handle the low power of the Vacsys.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #186 on: May 17, 2016, 06:51 AM »
Rick,  That is great news.  Thank you for extra effort you are making.  I have attached a couple of pictures and will email the wiring diagrams.  If you think the SUPR APR5 is the way to go I will purchase one.  Is this Crouzet relay providing the same function just at higher price http://www.onlinecomponents.com/crouzet-control-88827103.html?p=47290544?

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« Reply #187 on: May 17, 2016, 07:59 AM »
Rick,

Yes I have a Mxsys for my CT22 and my Jet dust collector. I will test it this weekend.

Thanks
Jack

Rick,

Will the Maxsys work to power up the Vac-Sys?

Thanks
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Yes. All it would take is a power cord. Come to think of it, the new Vacsys could probably be wired right into the switch.

Edit to add, Didn't you get a Maxsys for your CT-22? If so, you could play with it to try on your Vacsys. The standard relay on Maxsys would easily handle the low power of the Vacsys.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #188 on: May 17, 2016, 08:26 AM »
Rick,
Will the Maxsys work to power up the Vac-Sys?

That's a slick idea, my vacuum pump is located about 10 feet from my workbench, located on a lower shelf on the wall and the large production table of the drill press hangs overhead...rather inconvenient.  [eek]

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #189 on: May 17, 2016, 11:41 AM »
Looks very nice.  Just ordered one for my CT26 and will replacement fobs be available and how to order.  I know myself!  LOL

Just wanted to let you know how much I love this unit!  I have used it doing pocket holes and routing and has saved me many steps.  Thank you Rick!

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« Reply #190 on: May 17, 2016, 11:57 AM »
I've been loving my MAXSYS but was wondering about the range and how long the buttons should be pushed.  Do you guys just give it a quick click or do you hold down for a second?  Sometimes I do a quick click and it doesn't activate, so I'm trying to figure out if it's the button-pushing or the antenna (which I may need to adjust).

This is really a nice product.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #191 on: May 17, 2016, 02:19 PM »
This really is a game changer for how I use the CT-26.  I had a remote on the vac before from FastCap.  Always had to walk back to the vac to switch from auto to manual.  Now I NEVER turn it to manual.  The wireless remote is hanging from the hose on the boom arm and it's so convenient to connect to a tool or a vac brush for cleanup.

Really great job, Rick. 

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« Reply #192 on: May 17, 2016, 04:46 PM »
I really love hearing all of these success stories. It is really surpassing my expectations when I first envisioned this project. You'd be amazed at how many business associates told me this was a dumb idea, but I pursued it anyways. Boy, did they miss the mark!!  [doh] I'm supposed to be working today, but I haven't been able to break away from email inquiries since I woke up this morning.  [thumbs up]

What has really caught me off guard is how many people want to utilize Maxsys to control so many other things in their workshop. It's falling into the whole Festool concept of a system-wide controller for so many different tools in the workshop. That's something that I didn't see coming.

As quickly as I can, I have been developing different versions of the Maxsys system to universally control other devices in the workshop. What may not have been immediately apparent at first is that ALL of the Maxsys modules within the workshop will work together so that one remote will allow you to control several different machines. Because every Maxsys module includes another remote, this means you will have several duplicate remotes that can control all of your machines!

Because the core Maxsys module is so flexible, I can set this up for so many different uses specific to your shop's needs. The same core Maxsys module that can intelligently control your Festool CT-Vac, can also control your cord-connected tool, or even control your high-power stationary tools. And the beauty of this is that you can do it all with the same remote.

The default 2-button remote will work with 1 or 2 modules. If you order more than 2 modules, I automatically upgrade you to the 4-button remote to control up to 4 different modules.

So keep the comments coming!!!! I love it!!!

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« Reply #193 on: May 17, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Hey Rick,
 [eek]  Looks like I'll be ordering a 3rd module...for the vacuum pump.  [cool]  very  [cool]

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« Reply #194 on: May 17, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Hey Rick,
 [eek]  Looks like I'll be ordering a 3rd module...for the vacuum pump.  [cool]  very  [cool]

OK, cool. Looking forward to meeting you. My workshop is spotless, but the rest of my house is a disaster. Make sure your tetanus shots are up to date. [scared]

I've got all of your stuff sitting here waiting, but if you get the 3rd module I'll reset everything to include the 4-button remotes.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #195 on: May 18, 2016, 01:07 PM »
This is another shout-out to Rick for offering such a great product and service. I ordered the Maxsys a few weeks ago and installed it when it arrived, but it wasn't functioning. The Maxsys would click, but the vac wouldn't turn on wirelessly. I emailed Rick with a description of the problem and minutes later we were emailing, then talking on the phone. Turns out the control board in my ct26 was faulty (part number 496274 for future reference). Purchased the part through Festool service dept (vac is long past the 3-yr mark) and received it yesterday. Replaced it this morning using detailed instructions Rick had emailed me and everything is functioning as it should.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #196 on: May 20, 2016, 05:41 PM »
I received my MaxSys last week (only three days after ordering) and got it installed.  Installation was at least as easy as it appeared in the instructions.

I am very pleased with the purchase.  It really makes using my CT-36 much more user-friendly.

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« Reply #197 on: May 22, 2016, 05:23 PM »
Hi Rick,

Fantastic Idea!

Would you be willing to further pursue a solution for the CT(L)-SYS? (In my case 230V) I would love being able to start it remotely, even if it would be some kind of separate box.

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #198 on: May 22, 2016, 05:46 PM »
Rick

Looks like I need another one as well, just bought another VAC

Regards

Dale

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #199 on: May 22, 2016, 09:18 PM »

Would you be willing to further pursue a solution for the CT(L)-SYS? (In my case 230V) I would love being able to start it remotely, even if it would be some kind of separate box.


I have a huge deadline right now. So I can't even take the time to go look at a CT-Sys for at least a week. However, an idea just occurred to me about making Maxsys work inside of a CT-Sys if there is enough room for a 1x2x3 (25x50x75mm) box inside the case.

If you or someone else were willing to pop the 4 screws from the top of the motor housing and email me some pictures, it would at least tell me if there was enough space inside to bother looking for a solution. It looks like there might be some unused space under the accessory outlet location.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #200 on: May 22, 2016, 10:56 PM »
Rick

Looks like I need another one as well, just bought another VAC

Regards

Dale

Dale,
If you remind me that you already have a Maxsys at the time you order, I'll at least set up the new one to work from Button-B and set the jumper for 2 modules.

You'll have to move the jumper on your original Maxsys and teach it to recognize Button-B from the new remote. Plus teach your new Maxsys to recognize Button-A from your original remote. This is covered on the back page of the instructions. This will permit both of your remotes to operate both of your Maxsys modules. (This is something I normally do when someone orders multiple Maxsys systems at the same time.)

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« Reply #201 on: May 23, 2016, 11:05 AM »
Great product! I use in conjunction with my erika. it allows me to have the vac and saw on two different outlets for when the draw is too much for a residential breaker. Gotta start playing with the aerofix and max sys!

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« Reply #202 on: May 23, 2016, 02:41 PM »
I finally ordered one last night - really looking forward to working with it.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #203 on: May 23, 2016, 06:25 PM »

Would you be willing to further pursue a solution for the CT(L)-SYS? (In my case 230V) I would love being able to start it remotely, even if it would be some kind of separate box.


I have a huge deadline right now. So I can't even take the time to go look at a CT-Sys for at least a week. However, an idea just occurred to me about making Maxsys work inside of a CT-Sys if there is enough room for a 1x2x3 (25x50x75mm) box inside the case.

If you or someone else were willing to pop the 4 screws from the top of the motor housing and email me some pictures, it would at least tell me if there was enough space inside to bother looking for a solution. It looks like there might be some unused space under the accessory outlet location.

I'll go downstairs and do it right now - will post pictures within short time :) Although I'm in no hurry and don't want to rush you in anyway to anything. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #204 on: May 23, 2016, 06:34 PM »
I have been cleaning and organizing my basement shop this past week and this thing has been great!  For a while, my SCMS and my MFT are about 20 feet apart. Instead of connecting a hose and an extension cord, I have been using this to turn the vac on and off remote.

Been using this a lot and am really glad I got in early on it.

Thanks again Rick!

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #205 on: May 23, 2016, 07:06 PM »

Would you be willing to further pursue a solution for the CT(L)-SYS? (In my case 230V) I would love being able to start it remotely, even if it would be some kind of separate box.


I have a huge deadline right now. So I can't even take the time to go look at a CT-Sys for at least a week. However, an idea just occurred to me about making Maxsys work inside of a CT-Sys if there is enough room for a 1x2x3 (25x50x75mm) box inside the case.

If you or someone else were willing to pop the 4 screws from the top of the motor housing and email me some pictures, it would at least tell me if there was enough space inside to bother looking for a solution. It looks like there might be some unused space under the accessory outlet location.

I'll go downstairs and do it right now - will post pictures within short time :) Although I'm in no hurry and don't want to rush you in anyway to anything. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver

Back upstairs, here are the promised pictures :)

244430-0

244432-1

244434-2

244436-3


Kind regards and again, thank you very much!
Oliver

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #206 on: May 23, 2016, 07:22 PM »
Thank you Oliver. It looks like there is enough space up at the front of the Systainer for my module. The space I previously thought was open is probably occupied by the main control board.

If you still have this open, can you shoot a picture of the front of the control board located behind the accessory outlet. I really doubt we'll find it, but it would be really cool to discover the control board already had terminals for remote control.

Even if it doesn't, I can still make Maxsys work with the CT-Sys, but it won't be plug-and-play like it is with a CT-26/36/48. It would require reconnecting some wires.

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« Reply #207 on: May 23, 2016, 07:30 PM »
Hi Rick,

I don't have it open anymore but I have no problem re-opening - just not today, I'll do it tomorrow, or better in the morning as we have already 1:30 AM here in Germany ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #208 on: May 23, 2016, 10:52 PM »

Would you be willing to further pursue a solution for the CT(L)-SYS? (In my case 230V) I would love being able to start it remotely, even if it would be some kind of separate box.


I have a huge deadline right now. So I can't even take the time to go look at a CT-Sys for at least a week. However, an idea just occurred to me about making Maxsys work inside of a CT-Sys if there is enough room for a 1x2x3 (25x50x75mm) box inside the case.

If you or someone else were willing to pop the 4 screws from the top of the motor housing and email me some pictures, it would at least tell me if there was enough space inside to bother looking for a solution. It looks like there might be some unused space under the accessory outlet location.

I'll go downstairs and do it right now - will post pictures within short time :) Although I'm in no hurry and don't want to rush you in anyway to anything. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver

Back upstairs, here are the promised pictures :)

(Pics removed from quote...)

Kind regards and again, thank you very much!
Oliver


Thank you Oliver. It looks like there is enough space up at the front of the Systainer for my module. The space I previously thought was open is probably occupied by the main control board.

If you still have this open, can you shoot a picture of the front of the control board located behind the accessory outlet. I really doubt we'll find it, but it would be really cool to discover the control board already had terminals for remote control.

Even if it doesn't, I can still make Maxsys work with the CT-Sys, but it won't be plug-and-play like it is with a CT-26/36/48. It would require reconnecting some wires.

Hi Rick,

I don't have it open anymore but I have no problem re-opening - just not today, I'll do it tomorrow, or better in the morning as we have already 1:30 AM here in Germany ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver

Hi Rick,

since I couldn't sleep anyway, I decided to do it early. And given that this CT(L)-SYS had still 2 years and 6 months of warranty left I guess it shows how much faith I have into Festool products.  [eek]  [scared]  8) [big grin]  [wink] - I hope Festool ain't gonna ban me...  [scared] [scared] [scared]

Here are some pictures of the mainboard - front and back. Hope it helps. :)

244446-0

244448-1

244450-2


Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #209 on: May 24, 2016, 12:55 AM »
I took pictures of the CT-SYS earlier to post. But Oliver has beat me to it. Interestingly the guts on the US model are black. That space where it looks a like a small box will fit ...... I get 2" x 3" x 7/8".

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« Reply #210 on: May 24, 2016, 01:39 AM »
Well that's not looking very good. I took another measurement and it's actually 1-1/8" tall. Is there any other area where it might fit?

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« Reply #211 on: May 24, 2016, 09:40 AM »
Well that's not looking very good. I took another measurement and it's actually 1-1/8" tall. Is there any other area where it might fit?

I don't think so. 

Is the 2" measurement dead on?  The small dimension is 7/8" at the 2" point. It gets wider the further towards the top.  Any lower than 2" drops to 3/4".

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« Reply #212 on: May 24, 2016, 10:22 AM »
OK, got out the gauge blocks........  the small dimension is a snug 27/32",   2  1/16" from top to motor housing ledge, 3  1/32" from systainer side rib to screw post.

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« Reply #213 on: May 26, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Rick, It may have been mentioned and I missed it, but is there any problem using a Oneida Dust Deputy Ultimate on the CT 26 with your upgrade?  I just purchased one and thought I better ask first.  Thank you, Jeff

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #214 on: May 26, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Rick, It may have been mentioned and I missed it, but is there any problem using a Oneida Dust Deputy Ultimate on the CT 26 with your upgrade?  I just purchased one and thought I better ask first.  Thank you, Jeff

Nope - that is my exact setup.

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« Reply #215 on: May 27, 2016, 11:29 AM »
Rick, It may have been mentioned and I missed it, but is there any problem using a Oneida Dust Deputy Ultimate on the CT 26 with your upgrade?  I just purchased one and thought I better ask first.  Thank you, Jeff

Nope - that is my exact setup.

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« Reply #216 on: May 30, 2016, 09:29 PM »
Rick,

Just received my Max Sys the other day - easy install and it works great! I'm finding it to be extremely useful.  Thank you.

Quick question: please excuse me if this was asked previously, but is the battery in the remote replaceable?

Thanks again for a great product,

Steve

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« Reply #217 on: May 30, 2016, 11:54 PM »

Quick question: please excuse me if this was asked previously, but is the battery in the remote replaceable?


Yes, the battery is an A27 12V, which looks like a miniature AAA. I install them myself, so they are fresh when you get your Maxsys.

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« Reply #218 on: May 31, 2016, 11:05 PM »
Update: 

Rick, I have used this thing a TON over the weekend. I had to do a bit of shop organization and of course it was great for that but then I moved onto some actual projects.

I am (trying) to finish up a kitchen project project and did some dovetail drawers and end panels (7 piece cope and stick) on my CMS. Being able to route edges, rabbets, dovetails and such then cleaning up things by pushing the remote buttons was A-w-e-s-o-m-e!!  It has been a great tool in my shop these days. Making me think ahead to the 10m covered hose for my new shop in my new house that is being built.

I will start my own thread on the covered hose but thanks again for a great product Rick!

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« Reply #219 on: June 03, 2016, 02:03 PM »
@Rick Christopherson

Rick,

 Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, but I wanted to thank you for your prompt response to my question regarding replacing the battery in the remote.

Much appreciated,

Steve
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« Reply #220 on: June 05, 2016, 06:23 PM »
Hello

I have just placed an order for another one

Thanks

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #221 on: June 05, 2016, 06:54 PM »
Hi Dale,
Thanks for mentioning you already had one. I'll set up the new one for button-B and multi-module. You'll have to move the jumper on the previous one.

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« Reply #222 on: June 05, 2016, 07:02 PM »
Excellent - thank you

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« Reply #223 on: June 13, 2016, 09:19 AM »
@Rick Christopherson - just wanted to let you know I LOVE my Maxsys! Latest home for the remote it is slightly tucked into the sleeve of the long Festool 10M hose/cord, wrapped in blue finger-saver stuff (to avoid covering the remote with tape gunk) and taped in place:



So far no problem using with TS/OF with it in this position.

Yesterday saw the return to summertime shop conditions, i.e. everything get hauled out into the sun to work:



With the Maxsys and long hose I can clean out the garden beds no-problem... [thumbs up]

Thanks,

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« Reply #224 on: June 13, 2016, 09:28 AM »
That's a great idea for placement, Richard.  I think I may try that as well, except I'll use a 1" cross section of bicycle inner tube (which I also use to keep the hose and power cord together).

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« Reply #225 on: June 13, 2016, 11:54 AM »
That's a great idea. if you used a piece large enough to cover the entire remote you might be able to cut a slot to expose only the buttons and further protect it.

Let us know how it works out.

RMW

That's a great idea for placement, Richard.  I think I may try that as well, except I'll use a 1" cross section of bicycle inner tube (which I also use to keep the hose and power cord together).
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« Reply #226 on: June 13, 2016, 01:10 PM »
I like that setup. Another way that might work well is to put a zip tie through the lanyard to hold it in place, and then use a velcro strap to secure the remote body to the hose. I used to have a couple velcro straps. Hopefully I didn't throw them out.


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« Reply #227 on: June 14, 2016, 11:29 PM »
Here's the pic of my MAXSYS held in place under a piece of inner tube...works great and now I never have to look for it.

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« Reply #228 on: June 14, 2016, 11:45 PM »
Cool - that's a bike inner tube?

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« Reply #229 on: June 14, 2016, 11:57 PM »
Cool - that's a bike inner tube?

Yes...I use 1-inch sections along the length (spaced about a foot apart) to keep the cord and hose together (seems to be sleeker than using Velcro or other ties).

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« Reply #230 on: June 15, 2016, 01:22 AM »
Here's the pic of my MAXSYS held in place under a piece of inner tube...works great and now I never have to look for it.

Perfect! Love the inner tube idea.

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« Reply #231 on: June 15, 2016, 08:36 AM »
Love the inner tube idea.  [thumbs up] Just curious, what size tube?

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« Reply #232 on: June 15, 2016, 10:15 AM »
@Rick Christopherson - just wanted to let you know I LOVE my Maxsys! Latest home for the remote it is slightly tucked into the sleeve of the long Festool 10M hose/cord, wrapped in blue finger-saver stuff (to avoid covering the remote with tape gunk) and taped in place:

(Attachment Link)

So far no problem using with TS/OF with it in this position.

Yesterday saw the return to summertime shop conditions, i.e. everything get hauled out into the sun to work:

(Attachment Link)

With the Maxsys and long hose I can clean out the garden beds no-problem... [thumbs up]

Thanks,

RMW

Is it just me or does that second picture look like a Japanese horror movie setting [scared]

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« Reply #233 on: June 15, 2016, 10:42 AM »
@Rick Christopherson - just wanted to let you know I LOVE my Maxsys! Latest home for the remote it is slightly tucked into the sleeve of the long Festool 10M hose/cord, wrapped in blue finger-saver stuff (to avoid covering the remote with tape gunk) and taped in place:

(Attachment Link)

So far no problem using with TS/OF with it in this position.

Yesterday saw the return to summertime shop conditions, i.e. everything get hauled out into the sun to work:

(Attachment Link)

With the Maxsys and long hose I can clean out the garden beds no-problem... [thumbs up]

Thanks,

RMW

Is it just me or does that second picture look like a Japanese horror movie setting [scared]

The monster tendril coming to get you?



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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #234 on: June 15, 2016, 07:19 PM »
Darn it, I need to follow the FOG more closely! Spent the last few days fiddling with my CT to reverse engineer its pneumatic tool auto power circuitry. This product could have saved me a lot of time.

Great idea, and great work getting a user friendly design to market!

I must say though, my temptation to implant a transmitter inside a cordless tool hasn’t ended. Probably going to start with a drill and trigger it off the LED light... now to find an old drill I don't care about to try that on. HAHA :)

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« Reply #235 on: June 15, 2016, 10:17 PM »
Love the inner tube idea.  [thumbs up] Just curious, what size tube?

1.9" - 2.3" -- I think anything close to 2" should be fine.  (I use the 36mm hose.)

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« Reply #236 on: June 16, 2016, 02:03 AM »
Thanks @promark747 for the info. I'm checking in with the local bike shop tomorrow.   [cool]

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« Reply #237 on: June 16, 2016, 03:17 AM »
Thanks @promark747 for the info. I'm checking in with the local bike shop tomorrow.   [cool]

I can't do it right now, but I know I have various inner tubes in the garage, ranging from the dirtbike tires down to a couple of unopened toddler's bike tubes. Whenever I replace a tube, I usually keep the damaged one in case I ever need to repair one and can't get a replacement right away.

It didn't even dawn on me that I had those laying around until I saw your name. So Thanks for that.

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« Reply #238 on: June 25, 2016, 03:07 PM »
Another satisfied customer! Thank you Rick. Easy install and works perfectly. I like that it's integrated with vacuum and not an extra part I need to drag around. My other vacuum had this feature but with a separate box/plug, which was cumbersome. My vacuum works perfect with saw plugged in but a pain to turn on any other time I need in manual mode. I believe the Maxsys is worth every penny.

Russ

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #239 on: July 04, 2016, 02:14 AM »
Some random thoughts:



Maybe it only me but doesn't the copper trace around the white label look like an on-pcb antenna track?





It looks like you screwed the heatsink through the case with metal screws, if so better attach the sink to ground shield (so the outside the case is unable to go live on mains level ever).

A closed case might also be obstructive to the heatsink inside (especially on high loads), a simple thermal shutdown fuse inside the case might be a good idea in such a setup.



Finally: the remote is advertised as being universal, while this is surely true from a power supply standpoint there might be issues with the radio frequency (since these are regulated differently around the world).
Which frequency does the remote use?

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« Reply #240 on: August 05, 2016, 10:37 AM »
Some random thoughts:

It looks like you screwed the heatsink through the case with metal screws, if so better attach the sink to ground shield (so the outside the case is unable to go live on mains level ever).

Likewise the Gland also appears to be metal so this could do with being replaced for plastic, or at the very least similarly earthed to ground earthed for the same reason :)


[If its an optical illusion and the gland is plastic, I Apologise and will return under my Rock to keep my nose out :)   [eek]]

In any case ggood luck with this little sideline it seems you have come up with a really useful gadget , THANKS

Nick [big grin]

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« Reply #241 on: August 30, 2016, 11:45 PM »
It didn't even dawn on me that I had those laying around until I saw your name. So Thanks for that.

Hey @Rick Christopherson just wanted you to know how much I enjoy using the Maxsys...for general sanding along with cleanup this is the cat's meow, this thing is great, it makes my life so much easier

Just wondering...I know the mini & the midi in stock form are not convertible but what if the boards were duplicated with a provision for the Maxsys conversion? There has to be an audience out there that would pay the toll ticket...I know I would.  [popcorn] [popcorn]

Also thanks for the personal delivery service...and how good were those ribs?

FWIW...this is how I've stowed my Maxsys remote.  [cool]
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« Reply #242 on: August 31, 2016, 10:43 AM »
Hey @Rick Christopherson , any updates or tests on getting this into a CT SYS?  I picked one up recently and having the ability to turn it on/off from atop a ladder is something I am very keen on.  If it isnt in the cards, I can pick up a outlet remote if need be.

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« Reply #243 on: September 16, 2016, 08:29 AM »
Rick,

I smile every  time one of my little remotes to turn on/off my 1 1/2 Jet Dust Collector or my CT .... Great product!!!! I didn't realize how much frustration was involved in looking for my DC remote and getting it to work and switching the auto off and on everytime I used my CT to do a little clean up...

Thanks
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« Reply #244 on: September 16, 2016, 02:35 PM »
All, just wanted to share that we're happy to have partnered with Rick to offer his MAXSYS wirelesss control modules to our customers. As always, fast free shipping on all of our orders at festoolproducts.com.

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« Reply #245 on: September 23, 2016, 10:19 PM »
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As it reads one was for the collection and the other switch is for the shaker. I'm hoping to keep the shaker on the switch as it's not used as often.

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Hope this helps. I can do more. Let me know if it would help if I were to open the doors
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« Reply #246 on: September 24, 2016, 03:12 AM »
Mark,
Because your dust collector is controlled by a simple switch, all you need is a simple Maxsys module like what you have for your CT-22. The Maxsys module will act just like that switch did.

You said you already relocated your dust collector to your new shop. Does that mean you also moved those electrical enclosures already, as well? If you show me the inside of that lower enclosure, I can probably walk you through how to connect a new module to replace the switch. Show me which wires are at the switch too.

Is this utility 3-phase power, or do you use a phase converter?

You already have 4-button remotes, correct? If/when you order another module, make sure you remind me that it needs to come with a 4-button remote.

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« Reply #247 on: September 24, 2016, 03:29 PM »
I can send some pics of the control door open tomorrow.

Mark

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« Reply #248 on: September 25, 2016, 06:55 PM »
hope this helps

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« Reply #249 on: September 25, 2016, 06:56 PM »
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« Reply #251 on: September 25, 2016, 07:49 PM »
I don't fully grasp this pic insert thing.

Rick Christopherson:

I have several 3 ph motors connected to a 40 hp rotary converter. The dust collector is just one. The 3 ph works great, over the years I have picked up some low cost tools from out of business woodworking places. Sometimes they work good other times like my Wysong belt sander it kicks out the reset if I run it more than 5 minutes.
 I don't know anything about 3 ph, I had a guy install all my wiring but I'm guessing the Wysong was setup for something other than my 208 volt supply. At least I think it's 208. See I told I don' know much about it. It probably needs a different thing in the control box to keep it from kicking out. I had an electrician look at it a while ago, couldn't help me even though while on the phone he assured me he knew all about it. I don't think he did [sad] but he knew how to bill.

Mark


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Maybe 240? but it's setup for 480?
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« Reply #252 on: September 25, 2016, 07:53 PM »
my new shop. Looks impressive, Yes??? [big grin]


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« Reply #253 on: September 25, 2016, 09:41 PM »
Well Mark, this might be super easy. My questions are trivial, and just to make sure I have everything.

Where does the orange extension cord go? Is that power? (I assume it is.)

In the top light switch box, I think you have everything you need right there already. Does the black wire from the orange (assumed power cord) connect to the orange wire that enters the bottom of the upper switch box?


Here's how you hook it up.
  • The lower orange wire going to the dust collector switch connects to the Maxsys "L".
  • The upper orange wire leaving the switch and going into the box to the right, connects to Maxsys "NO/OUT"
  • The white wire that passes through the box, needs to be cut/tapped with a wire nut and connected to Maxsys "N".
That's it. The only thing you need to worry about is whether all that metal might be blocking the radio signal. So if necessary, extend those 3 wires and put Maxsys out in the open.

The Maxsys module I send you will be slightly special. I requested a design change from the manufacturer to protect Festool vacs, but discovered one that didn't get modified. That's the one you need (it only uses 3 wires). So I'll try to mark this one so you don't accidentally install it into a vac.

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« Reply #254 on: September 26, 2016, 08:29 PM »
Well Mark, this might be super easy. My questions are trivial, and just to make sure I have everything.

Where does the orange extension cord go? Is that power? (I assume it is.)

Answer: yes it goes to a 110 outlet to power the shaker

In the top light switch box, I think you have everything you need right there already. Does the black wire from the orange (assumed power cord) connect to the orange wire that enters the bottom of the upper switch box?

[color=blue]Answer: I'll look closer and take a pic and get back to you tomorrow[/color]


Here's how you hook it up.
  • The lower orange wire going to the dust collector switch connects to the Maxsys "L".
  • The upper orange wire leaving the switch and going into the box to the right, connects to Maxsys "NO/OUT"
  • The white wire that passes through the box, needs to be cut/tapped with a wire nut and connected to Maxsys "N".
That's it. The only thing you need to worry about is whether all that metal might be blocking the radio signal. So if necessary, extend those 3 wires and put Maxsys out in the open.

The Maxsys module I send you will be slightly special. I requested a design change from the manufacturer to protect Festool vacs, but discovered one that didn't get modified. That's the one you need (it only uses 3 wires). So I'll try to mark this one so you don't accidentally install it into a vac.

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« Reply #255 on: September 27, 2016, 08:59 PM »
Rick, hope this helps

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« Reply #258 on: September 27, 2016, 09:21 PM »
Well Mark, this might be super easy. My questions are trivial, and just to make sure I have everything.

Where does the orange extension cord go? Is that power? (I assume it is.)

Answer: yes it goes to a 110 outlet to power the shaker

In the top light switch box, I think you have everything you need right there already. Does the black wire from the orange (assumed power cord) connect to the orange wire that enters the bottom of the upper switch box?


I was so obsessed with the orange I covered the black with my note. Sorry, I'll fix it tomorrow.
[color=blue]Answer: I'll look closer and take a pic and get back to you tomorrow[/color]


Here's how you hook it up.
  • The lower orange wire going to the dust collector switch connects to the Maxsys "L".
  • The upper orange wire leaving the switch and going into the box to the right, connects to Maxsys "NO/OUT"
  • The white wire that passes through the box, needs to be cut/tapped with a wire nut and connected to Maxsys "N".
That's it. The only thing you need to worry about is whether all that metal might be blocking the radio signal. So if necessary, extend those 3 wires and put Maxsys out in the open.

The Maxsys module I send you will be slightly special. I requested a design change from the manufacturer to protect Festool vacs, but discovered one that didn't get modified. That's the one you need (it only uses 3 wires). So I'll try to mark this one so you don't accidentally install it into a vac.

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« Reply #259 on: September 28, 2016, 03:07 AM »
I was so obsessed with the orange I covered the black with my note. Sorry, I'll fix it tomorrow.


Not necessary. You're fine, and my original answer stands as correct.

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« Reply #260 on: September 30, 2016, 11:11 PM »
Hey @Rick Christopherson , any updates or tests on getting this into a CT SYS?  I picked one up recently and having the ability to turn it on/off from atop a ladder is something I am very keen on.  If it isnt in the cards, I can pick up a outlet remote if need be.

Cheers.  Bryan.

Hey Rick!

Any thoughts or details on this?

Cheers. Bryan.


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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #261 on: October 01, 2016, 12:41 AM »
No. I previously said that the CT Sys does not support the capability.

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« Reply #262 on: October 07, 2016, 08:41 PM »
Well Mark, this might be super easy. My questions are trivial, and just to make sure I have everything.

Where does the orange extension cord go? Is that power? (I assume it is.)

Answer: yes it goes to a 110 outlet to power the shaker

In the top light switch box, I think you have everything you need right there already. Does the black wire from the orange (assumed power cord) connect to the orange wire that enters the bottom of the upper switch box?


I was so obsessed with the orange I covered the black with my note. Sorry, I'll fix it tomorrow.
[color=blue]Answer: I'll look closer and take a pic and get back to you tomorrow[/color]


Here's how you hook it up.
  • The lower orange wire going to the dust collector switch connects to the Maxsys "L".
  • The upper orange wire leaving the switch and going into the box to the right, connects to Maxsys "NO/OUT"
  • The white wire that passes through the box, needs to be cut/tapped with a wire nut and connected to Maxsys "N".
That's it. The only thing you need to worry about is whether all that metal might be blocking the radio signal. So if necessary, extend those 3 wires and put Maxsys out in the open.

The Maxsys module I send you will be slightly special. I requested a design change from the manufacturer to protect Festool vacs, but discovered one that didn't get modified. That's the one you need (it only uses 3 wires). So I'll try to mark this one so you don't accidentally install it into a vac.

Rick,
Just to let you know, I received the remote today. It will be a long time before I can hook it up to the system. I think it's going to be perfect.

Thanks again for putting these things together and making them available.

Sincerely,
Mark

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #263 on: November 26, 2016, 03:25 PM »
Updated remote installation on the long hose/cord:







Removed the clip and sliding cover, then used a piece of 50MM 2-1 heat shrink with the oval cutout.

@Rick Christopherson - how do I go about ordering a second remote?

Thanks,

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« Reply #264 on: November 26, 2016, 03:37 PM »

@Rick Christopherson - how do I go about ordering a second remote?


Just order it. You'll have to program it yourself though, but that takes just a few seconds. Press the program button on the Maxsys module, the LED will come on, press the A-button on the new remote, the LED will turn off. That's it. Just be very careful, because you need to have Maxsys powered when doing this, and there is 120 volts present on the back side of the circuit board. So don't touch anything.

I did something similar to hold my remote to the vac hose, although not quite as elegant as yours. I put a zip-tie through the lanyard. This keeps the remote from sliding down the hose. Then I took an old dress sock and cut it into a sleeve to protect the remote. Then I wrapped the sock with athletic tape to secure it to the hose.

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« Reply #265 on: November 26, 2016, 03:52 PM »
Ordered, thanks. I thought I recalled my prior order was done via email, that you did not have ordering set up online. Probably faulty memory.

Your installation is similar to my first one, only changed it because I realized I had the 50MM heat shrink laying around for some forgotten reason.

Thanks,

RMW


@Rick Christopherson - how do I go about ordering a second remote?


Just order it. You'll have to program it yourself though, but that takes just a few seconds. Press the program button on the Maxsys module, the LED will come on, press the A-button on the new remote, the LED will turn off. That's it. Just be very careful, because you need to have Maxsys powered when doing this, and there is 120 volts present on the back side of the circuit board. So don't touch anything.

I did something similar to hold my remote to the vac hose, although not quite as elegant as yours. I put a zip-tie through the lanyard. This keeps the remote from sliding down the hose. Then I took an old dress sock and cut it into a sleeve to protect the remote. Then I wrapped the sock with athletic tape to secure it to the hose.
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« Reply #266 on: November 26, 2016, 04:00 PM »
No, but you were one of the first people to pre-order yours, plus I think we had a lot of discussions in this thread around that time too.

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« Reply #267 on: November 26, 2016, 05:23 PM »
Talking about installing the remote control on the sleeved hose...FWIW...this is mine. Fabricated a small retaining eye with 2 short legs from .040 stainless welding rod and gave it a 90° twist. Then just added a narrow tie wrap. This makes it easy to replace the battery when needed. [smile]
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« Reply #268 on: January 15, 2017, 06:41 AM »
Hi
Is it possible to install this little circuit board under the front of a ctm 36 ac hd model? While keeping a second always on socket in the module bay? or there isnt enough space inside? Mine is still under warranty so i dont really want to open up the unit just to check it

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #269 on: January 15, 2017, 08:43 AM »
No, there would not be enough room for both in the module bay.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #270 on: January 15, 2017, 11:34 AM »
No, there would not be enough room for both in the module bay.
Not in the module bay, the socket barely fits in there,
behind the front plastic panel there must be some empty space inside

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #271 on: January 15, 2017, 03:51 PM »
No. The inside of the controller area is pretty tight. Those electrical connectors inside the accessory module bay are actually terminals right on the main control board.

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« Reply #272 on: January 15, 2017, 03:53 PM »
Good to know, that explains the epoxy on the connector bases. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #273 on: February 08, 2017, 05:33 PM »
Just to give an update on the Dust Collector option that several people have requested. They are taking a little more time to assemble than I expected, but I am pleased with the final outcome. With the clear cover, you can easily tell these are not the el-cheapo DC remotes you'll find at Rockler or Woodcraft that can barely handle a small DC unit.

Just for reference, the power relay and heatsink are 3 inches tall. They are rated at 40 amps at either 120/240/480 volts. As soon as I finish filling the orders, I'll make one for my own 240V, 3hp Powermatic twin bag DC. I've always wanted a DC remote for my Powermatic for when I'm running the planer and wide belt sander. I'm even going to rig one up for the pneumatic solenoid on my compressor so I can control the valve from either the workshop or garage. That's going to be really handy, because the wide belt sander needs both compressed air for controls and dust collection, and these are each on opposite ends of my shop.

The default setup comes with both an inlet and outlet power cord in either 120 or 240 volt configuration. But as a few have already learned, we can rig this up to tie directly into some existing DC controls.

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@Rick Christopherson Rick, are these still available for purchase? I looked on your website and didn't see it. I'd be interested in one of these to run my 2HP Laguna cyclone (the included remote is terrible) along with 3 remotes.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #274 on: February 08, 2017, 06:22 PM »
Yes. All of my websites are linked together, so no matter which one you happened to open, Maxsys should be visible.

The main Maxsys website is at http://www.rts-engineering.com/

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #275 on: February 08, 2017, 06:26 PM »
I'd be interested in one of these to run my 2HP Laguna cyclone (the included remote is terrible) along with 3 remotes.

Oops, sorry, I missed this point. Yes, I believe I still have the parts to make at least one more. I'm not sure I'll continue it in the future, but I would if there was a group order or something.

Getting all of the electrical parts aren't a problem, but the cool plastic enclosures may not be easy to get in the future. That's why I'm not sure how long I'll make them.

Oh, and I just checked. It still has a shopping cart listing on the site.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #276 on: February 08, 2017, 07:42 PM »
I'd be interested in one of these to run my 2HP Laguna cyclone (the included remote is terrible) along with 3 remotes.

Oops, sorry, I missed this point. Yes, I believe I still have the parts to make at least one more. I'm not sure I'll continue it in the future, but I would if there was a group order or something.

Getting all of the electrical parts aren't a problem, but the cool plastic enclosures may not be easy to get in the future. That's why I'm not sure how long I'll make them.

Oh, and I just checked. It still has a shopping cart listing on the site.

Ahh, now I see it. I'm going to double check my machine layout tonight to make sure 3 remotes will be enough before ordering. Thanks!

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #277 on: February 08, 2017, 11:14 PM »
Got one myself,works great.
Now I need one of those 30' long hoses,so I can't hear the Ct vac.,though it is really silent to begin with.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #278 on: March 30, 2017, 07:44 PM »
Just got mine and installed it in my CT36.  Fantastic!  No more bending down to switch from Auto. 

Now, if it'd just tie into a blast gate actuator somehow...  That'd let me keep one hose/cord on the sander or tracksaw and another free for cleanup.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #279 on: March 30, 2017, 08:29 PM »
I bought 3 of them recently and they work great! The signal is pretty strong, if I am in my basement shop I can accidentally turn on the CT48 in my garage. If they worked on the Midi's I would have 4 MAXSYS's.  [cool]
Daniel

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #280 on: March 30, 2017, 09:10 PM »
I know i wish one was made the the midi and the ct sys vac

Cheers

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #281 on: March 30, 2017, 10:07 PM »
I read through the first 6 pages but didn't see anything about this, so I'll ask it here.

In your initial post Rick you mention about using the MAXSYS with your CT vac and the TSC55.

But I have seen nothing about how you remote works with the TSC55. SO I am guessing that
you mean that one can manually operate the CT by using the hand held remote.

What I was envisioning when I read that was something that sensed when you start using the
TSC55 and would send a start or stop signal to the vac, but that is not what you have I take it
because I could not find anything on your website about it.

So I'll ask, have you considered if it might be possible to sense when a cordless tool is in use
and operate the vac remotely? I'm thinking of a small device that would be mounted on the tool.

Possible or a pipedream?
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #282 on: March 31, 2017, 12:05 AM »
Just got mine and installed it in my CT36.  Fantastic!  No more bending down to switch from Auto. 

Now, if it'd just tie into a blast gate actuator somehow...  That'd let me keep one hose/cord on the sander or tracksaw and another free for cleanup.

Tell me what you have for an actuator, and maybe I could figure something out.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #283 on: March 31, 2017, 12:08 AM »

But I have seen nothing about how you remote works with the TSC55. SO I am guessing that
you mean that one can manually operate the CT by using the hand held remote.


There would be no way to make the saw activate a remote signal without altering the saw.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #284 on: March 31, 2017, 03:51 AM »
There would be no way to make the saw activate a remote signal without altering the saw.

How about a "shim" that would attach to the battery, replicating the positioning fins and contacts, but containing the electronics, and sensing the current from the battery? Would that constitute alteration of the saw? Or would it be a third-party accessory?

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #285 on: March 31, 2017, 04:18 AM »

But I have seen nothing about how you remote works with the TSC55. SO I am guessing that
you mean that one can manually operate the CT by using the hand held remote.


There would be no way to make the saw activate a remote signal without altering the saw.

There actually is, you have a PM with the details on how to pull this off.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #286 on: March 31, 2017, 05:50 PM »
What RF frequency does the remote use?  I'd like to see about triggering it from an automation system. 

And is the controller board capable of being controlled from more than one remote?  I know the remotes are capable of being paired with more than one controller board, but what about the opposite?

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #287 on: March 31, 2017, 06:45 PM »
Bill,
I replied to your email early this morning, but maybe you didn't get it yet. Yes, each Maxsys module can be paired with up to 10 different remotes. A 2-button remote can operate 2 different modules, and a 4-button remote can operate 4 different modules.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #288 on: March 31, 2017, 09:21 PM »

But I have seen nothing about how you remote works with the TSC55. SO I am guessing that
you mean that one can manually operate the CT by using the hand held remote.


There would be no way to make the saw activate a remote signal without altering the saw.

I think there might be, you may not have at this time a way to pull this off but I believe it is possible.

And if such a device existed it would make it possible for a number of cordless tools to activate a vacuum when the tool starts using your MAXSYS module.

DeWalt and Milwaukee both make batteries with Bluetooth built in and they can monitor battery charge and temperature in real time so it should be possible to know when the tool is running and use that to turn a vacuum on or do any number of other actions.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #289 on: March 31, 2017, 09:34 PM »
DeWalt and Milwaukee both make batteries with Bluetooth built in and they can monitor battery charge and temperature in real time so it should be possible to know when the tool is running and use that to turn a vacuum on or do any number of other actions.

Is that also the case with the Festool battery platform?

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« Reply #290 on: April 01, 2017, 08:10 AM »
Don't know. I've never seen mention of BT capability in Festool batteries or tools.
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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #291 on: April 30, 2017, 10:44 AM »
My MAXSys remote arrived the other day and I went to install it yesterday and on reading the instructions there was no mention of what to do with the common wire. I have a single conductor attached to the common terminal on the board but the other end is not terminated in the plug, it is stripped of insulation for about 4 mm but no lug is crimped on the end. It's just hanging in mid air. The instructions make no mention of this lead or what to do with it. Looking at the plug I don't see where a third wire should be connected.

Did anyone else encounter this condition and if so what did you do with this wire? I can' leave a bare ended wire floating around in there where it will come in contact with something that it shouldn't and risk damaging my CT-36 or the remote module.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #292 on: April 30, 2017, 10:54 AM »
My MAXSys remote arrived the other day and I went to install it yesterday and on reading the instructions there was no mention of what to do with the common wire. I have a single conductor attached to the common terminal on the board but the other end is not terminated in the plug, it is stripped of insulation for about 4 mm but no lug is crimped on the end. It's just hanging in mid air. The instructions make no mention of this lead or what to do with it. Looking at the plug I don't see where a third wire should be connected.

Did anyone else encounter this condition and if so what did you do with this wire? I can' leave a bare ended wire floating around in there where it will come in contact with something that it shouldn't and risk damaging my CT-36 or the remote module.

Sorry about this Bob. It looks like the wire pulled loose from the smaller connector. If you can PM me your address, I'll send you a new plug, if that's an OK solution for you. It should be the fastest for getting you up and running.


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« Reply #293 on: April 30, 2017, 01:07 PM »
Thanks that is an acceptable fix for me.

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Re: Announcing: MAXSYS Wireless Remote for CT-vacs
« Reply #294 on: April 30, 2017, 01:25 PM »
Thanks Bob. As I mentioned in my PM, I make those crimp connections myself, but I had just switched over to using the new blue colored wire because it is more flexible. The thicker insulation caused me to have to change my crimping procedure slightly. A new plug is on the way.

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« Reply #295 on: May 11, 2017, 02:46 PM »
Just a note to you Rick, I have been using the MAXSYX since receiving it from your first production and it has worked flawlessly and save me many steps!  Thank you for the great product!

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« Reply #296 on: June 20, 2017, 02:10 PM »
Just to follow up and close the loop on my minor issue everything has been working
fine since I made the repair as instructed by Rick.

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and helping me resolve the problem Rick.
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