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For low amperage use ONLY!
iVAC Automated Shop Vacuum Switch
I contacted iVAC about the fact that their circuit breakers are rated for 15 amps but when you open up the product it has warning stickers derating their product between 12 and all the way down to 9 amps depending on the type of dust collection.
Fact is, they originally designed this unit 10 years ago when shop vacs and other dust collection methods weren't as power hungry as they are now. They have a 40 amp relay in the unit that cannot handle the start up loads of over 1HP induction and 5HP Peak like in a shop vac. As a general rule of thumb, find out what your shop vac amperage rating is, multiply that by 5 and if it is well over 40 amps then it will most likely trip the unit.
I asked them why they don't put a larger relay in the unit and start designing truly to 15 or 20 amps which is common US size. They said first that they are in Canada and their common size is 15 amps (so US is screwed regardless). Second they said a redesign would require a larger box for a larger relay (doesnt seem like a problem to me). Third and most importantly, they said they are not willing to reinvest in their product.
Its unfortunate, this really looked like a great option because you could bypass the plugs and turn the vacuum on regardless.
Dont waste your time, put your money into a company that will actually reinvest in their products to make them better...iVAC will not do this.
Looks like time to buy a Long Ranger III and just have a remote controled shop vac.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Not 15 Amp, not 12 AMP, 9 AMP
I bought this to create a sanding dust collection cart. It works pretty well for that however, my beef is with the packaging and literature. I will keep the product because it does work for my situation but can't recommend it to anyone.
The box materials (and woodcraft's description) is deceptive. The term 15 Amp is used in many places - ads, information section on the web, outside of the packaging. When I opened the box up I found that the product itself says 12 AMP on it and there was a sticker attached to the product that said 9 AMP.
I find this completely unacceptable that the product even with out the sticker is rated 25% lower than the product packaging and literature. What I find utterly unconscionable is the additional sticker further downrating the product to only 60% of the advertised capability. Fortunately for me I am controlling a small shop vac that well within the limits.
I will never buy another product from that company. Frankly, I am disappointed with Woodcraft for their role in this.
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iVAC Automated Shop Vacuum Switch
Works very well in my small shop. I plugged a power strip into the primary outlet which eliminates the need to unplug and plug in tools. More efficient than the remote I had been using.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great Necessity For In House Renos
St. Catharines, ON
I first used this auto vac switch for my mitre saw to cut laminate flooring and those who know, laminate cutting leaves fine dust everywhere. After using this auto switch with our shop vac attached to the saw, dust dropped by 80%. This switch does everything as promised in the description.
Best feature is you can over ride the auto-function and use another power tool to fine tune copes before trim installations. Also the option to power half of the device from another power source is a extremely well thought out idea (was determining factor for purchasing this).
I highly recommend this switch to anyone that stages their power saws in a clients home.
Did not meet my expectation
I bought this thinking that it would control both the primary tool and the aux. It does not! Be warned that the automated control only works for the tool and the vacuum and not both the tool and aux! Get the cheaper $30 switch and just plug and unplug your tool. Or get both and have more options.
Small systems only
The idea behind this device is good. Could be a handy addition if used on small, low power systems. My shop dust collector is a large 2-bag system, 120V, 15A. Although the device is rated to handle the load, it snaps the breaker when my shop tool is turned on. It is properly configured per the enclosed directions.
So, it is usable for small shop vacs only.
Couldn't be happier
I use this with a shop vac and Oneida Dust Deputy. I wasn't sure how helpful it would be before I got it, but I could not imagine how helpful it is. The level of sawdust in the shop is cut way down because it I never forget to turn dust collection on. I recommend very highly.
Lacking some engineering design
This multiplug / switch needs better design. The purpose of this product is to use several items plugged in at some time to operate items at same time without having to plug / unplug all the time. But it does not give enough room between plugs to plug in extra large set up plugs or other multiplugs on it. Poor design, not very versatile.
jj from hawaii
works like a charm
Use it with my shop vac and router. Works every time. Very easy to set up. Love the convenience.
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