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Offline glass1

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Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:32 AM »
Often on renos I run into 15 amp breakers. My table saw and festoon vac. combo will pop the 15 amp breaker. My track saw and Ct will also on occasion pop a 15 amp breaker. So I often have to plug the respective tools into separate outlets and manually turn on the vacuum. How about an electrical pigtail that plugs into the vac and the tool but is just a feed through that than runs to another outlet, so when the tool is started it activates the vac but runs of another outlet.

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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 11:18 AM »
Often on renos I run into 15 amp breakers. My table saw and festoon vac. combo will pop the 15 amp breaker. My track saw and Ct will also on occasion pop a 15 amp breaker. So I often have to plug the respective tools into separate outlets and manually turn on the vacuum. How about an electrical pigtail that plugs into the vac and the tool but is just a feed through that than runs to another outlet, so when the tool is started it activates the vac but runs of another outlet.
  Sounds interesting, but I have some thoughts on this. You'll need to plug your tool into a whole other breaker /circuit to get off that 15amp that was popping with the Vac/Tool combo. Right?...
 So, you walk around with an extension cord to another room, hoping that room isn't on the same breaker as the one you're in that's giving you trouble. At this point, couldn't you just turn the vac to Manual, and run your tool off that other extension cord/circuit?  I know, defeats your whole post but no new gadget needed... [unsure]
  OR, Plan B,  carry around a Remote Activated Outlet that you plug your Vac into for these situations and while on a ladder or scaffold, activate the vac with the remote that would easily fit in your pocket[ providing you don't lose the remote and actually have pockets as well... [embarassed]]
  I like the remote activated outlet since a single Vac's pulling amperage would be within the design limits of what I've seen these 110v outlets rated at. Much lower than a Vac and Tool combo, so the outlet trick should last a long time, even if you only need it once in a Blue Moon.
 What are your thoughts?    [popcorn]
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Offline RustE

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Re: Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 11:32 AM »
Just curious, who makes a remote controlled (RF) outlet or switch box rated for 15A continuous?

I like the idea of taking 1A-2A from an extension cord for the tool to operate to the extractor.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2017, 10:24 PM »
Just curious, who makes a remote controlled (RF) outlet or switch box rated for 15A continuous?

I like the idea of taking 1A-2A from an extension cord for the tool to operate to the extractor.
. I think with just a Vac on the outlet and no tool, you don't need a 15amp continuous rating. Rick C. could chime in on this.
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Offline antss

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Re: Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2017, 11:02 PM »
Just curious, who makes a remote controlled (RF) outlet or switch box rated for 15A continuous?

I like the idea of taking 1A-2A from an extension cord for the tool to operate to the extractor.


Long Ranger III can do what you want. I think it's rated at 20a

Jet has a similar model with a fob type remote that's smaller - though rated a bit less

Fast Cap has a vac remote too, but only rated to 10.x amps - which is enough to run the vac itself.  It's half the cost of the other two though.

There's also Maxsys.  Which I think will do what you want - in a smaller neater form factor.  It also offers some other advantages.

« Last Edit: January 24, 2017, 11:10 PM by antss »

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Plug splitter vacuum actuator
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 12:19 PM »
An Ivac switch can do just that automatically starting and stopping the vacuum. Although it can do it for any vacuum too. Two pig tails out so you can run off of two separate circuits. They sell for around $56 or so.