This is a great product.
Mar 28, 2012 - The iVAC Switch Box works wonderfully. My saw is a 1 3/4 hp hybrid table saw made by Steel City; and the vacuum is a 1HP Acura. Thank you for all your help. This is a great product.
"I am really impressed at how easy it was to install..."
Mar 1, 2012 - I have finally found the time to hook up y dust collection, and just wanted to end you
a little thank you for your product!!! I am really impressed at how easy it was to install
and get running in one shot. every tool in my shop is now hooked up with no dust!!!!
Thank you again for such a wonderful product .
"Everything worked just as advertised ..."
Feb 16, 2012 - I just wanted to drop you this note to let you know that I received all of the iVac components last week. I hooked everything up this weekend after setting the individual tool addresses (which was a simple and painless step) and was extremely pleased! Everything worked just as advertised.
This is going to be the thing that gets my dust collector used ALL OF THE TIME now (instead of just when I used to take the extra effort to turn it on)! Very simple, straight forward and easy!
I'm looking forward to living with my new iVac system.
Thanks for making a great product!
"Quite frankly, I can't see having a shop without this system, it's a gem ..."
Jan 28, 2012 - I have to tell you that I've been nothing but very impressed with the iVAC system.
Quite frankly, I can't see having a shop (pro or weekend warrior) without this system, it's a gem.
"Yours was the easiest to install and simplest to operate ..."
I think I have solved the remote problem. It appears that I was not waiting long enough for the delay. I have now shortened the delay. Everything is now working fine. Thank you for all your help. I have used other control systems (Eco Gate and wired gate systems) before. Yours (other than for my inept wiring) was the easiest to install and simplest to operate and your support has been commendable. Will strongly recommend it to my friends. Would recommend that you get literature and more information out to customers/vendors about the Contractor/iVAC 115/20 Switch requirement for the 220v/higher hp dust collectors. A lot of us have them and the Contractor and Remote would be items that vendors should probably stock.
My system consists of 3 hp Oneida Dust Gorilla to which I have connected a oscillating spindle sander (220v), a 48"belt/12" disk sander (110v), a 18" Laguna Band saw (220v), a 10" cabinet saw (220v), a Powermatic lathe (220v) and my remote. I have 115/15 iVAC units installed on my planer and drum sander which share an address because I never hook them up at the same time. I do the same with my 2 router tables and Legacy Mill. I also have DC drops at my drill press and floor sweep which I control with the remote.
"I was looking for that type of system for a long time..."
I just want to thank you for the great service you have provided me!
Also, I had the electrician installing the system and it works great!...I was looking for that type of system for a long time...
"New dust collection remote control system upgrade"
When I saw the Ivac product LV started to offer I was intrigued but realized it could not handle my 5 hp Pentz cyclone. I googled the company only to find out they are local and have a full system of dust collection modules and products.
I purchased a contactor, a remote control and an switch. The contactor can handle the large amps and turn on the DC. The switch turns on the contactor and the remote turns on the switch. It works great. In my small shop previously, I had a magnetic switch centrally located and it was easy to hit the buttom, in my new almost 800 sq ft, that's not practical. Now with the remote control clipped to my apron or belt, I'm good to go anywhere.
The owner was very helpful and hand delivered my products to my door. The remote just got approval so I had to wait a few weeks to put it all together but he kept me informed of the availability and delivered right away. The remote is nice and palm sized, yellow and won't get lost in the shop btw, a good feature.
The system has a delayed 1.5 sec start so your tool and DC won't trip anything at the same time, and an adjustable stop so it clears the DC pipe before shutting down. I have mine set for 6 seconds.
I may add a tool module or two down the road but for now it's great until I get settled.
"our iVac Pro system THE best investment we've made to date"
Just so you know, all five of the crew working in the shop consider our iVac Pro system THE best investment we've made to date in upgrading systems ... of course, once the air conditioning/humidity control system gets installed, THAT will top the iVac, but with all the machinery we have running we need the A/C to keep cool and the humidity control to keep the wood we use stable ...
"Anyone that has or is about to get a Dust Collection System HAS to buy the iVacPro, if they are serious about their health and safety."
Well I am all set up and the system is fantastic! I set up the system in about 2 hours, the majority of the time was wiring in the new contactor and eliminating the mag switch for the 3hp dust collector. I then setup my 220V 8” jointer, 220V 26” X 12” twin drum sander, 220V 10” 3hp cabinet saw, 110V planner and my 110V 10” Radial Arm Saw.
Anyone that has or is about to get a Dust Collection System HAS to buy the iVacPro, if they are serious about their health and safety. No more, ah it’s just a cut or a quick sand. It doesn’t get any simpler than just turning on your saw or sander and the dust collector fires right up.
At the current price point I think it’s well within the reach of weekend woodworkers and DIY’s like myself, just in the savings on shoe leather. If you need any references you definitely have mine!
Thanks for everything,
"The iVAC Pro system is quick and easy to install..."
Dust collectors are a pretty standard fixture in most shops. The problem is that, for a lot of us, having to turn on the dust collector before turning on the tool can be a hassle. This is especially true if your dust collector is in the opposite corner of the shop. Even with a handheld remote switch, this adds an extra step.
The iVAC Pro from MBright Tools takes a different approach. You simply plug each tool into a transmitter. When the tool is turned on, it sends a wireless signal to the receiver switch attached to the dust collector and turns it on automatically.
Their system is expandable so you can control the dust collector from up to eight tools. Plus, you can mix and match 115-volt and 240-volt units as required.
The iVAC Pro system is quick and easy to install, as you can see above. I mounted the units on the wall. And the great thing is, you won't have to remember to turn on the dust collector.
The cost of iVAC Pro switches and transmitters range from $45 to $60. The 240-volt units are at the upper end of the range.
(Copyright August Home Publishing Company. Printed with permission of publisher. This article originally appeared in ShopNotes Magazine Issue #117 May/June 2011. For more information about ShopNotes Magazine click here.)
Attached find a presentation with the contacter box. I used a Handy Box, box spacer, uni-strut nut and 3/8 inch 1.25 inch long bolt and nut on the side of the contacter box see presentation. As you can see my whole system is controlled by your equipment.
I use the Ivac switch for the dust collector, Ivac 220 volt tool one for the table saw, one for the joiner and surface planner. I use a Ivac tool 110 volt for the router tables and surface sander. I even have the portable switch unit that I use with my sanders and miter saw.
These units work great and have improved efficiency in my shop. No more running over and turning on the dust collector which means it saves time, and has improved my dust collection. Before I had your system if I only needed to make a few cuts with my table saw I would make the cuts without turning on the dust collector this means poor dust collection and dust in the air which is not healthy; therefore your system provides not only a more efficent operation but a safer environment to work in.
Thanks again for designing such good products.
- Dan Cutler
(see the rest of Dan's images in our Showroom)
"iVAC Pro is performing, well, like a pro..."
I am pleased to report that my saw is happily running on 240v and the Ivac Pro is performing, well, like a pro. The 15 second turn off delay is a bit long in my case as my duct work is only about 6 feet long but it's not a problem.
There is one thing that could have been done. The mounting tabs on the new cases don't line up with the ones on original the IVac switch. I had to make new holes to mount the new box!
Thanks for getting them for me.
p.s I haven't done any heavy work with the saw yet and that will be the real test of the 240 volt conversion but I'm happy with the results. The worst that can happen is that I don't get any happier. Any increase in happiness is pure bonus!
Gary's Whittle Woodshop
All is great with the iVAC Pro system and I love it. I have the Switch S11520NA connected to a Sears Craftsman Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner with about a 20 gallon tank. The Tool T24020NA is connected to my Powermatic 3HP Table Saw. I was using them this afternoon resawing some 3 1/2" Mesquite with a Freud 40 tooth carbide blade that is not a thin kerf and the Vaccuum kept up just great. It sure is nice being able to fire the saw up and not having to concern myself about the dust. The 2 tools with different voltages marry together with your equipment perfectly. I couldn't have done this without MBright and your help.
Jor pal in Texas. Spurs Ole Trigger in the flank, pulls a "horse wheely" rides off into the sunset twirling the Stetson, doing the cowboy yodel "ki yi yippee ky ya" (smile wif a wink)
Hat tip to you,
Received iVAC Switch Box - Thank you so much
I received the iVac Switch today with great enthusiasm. I tested the unit with a Bosch Hammer Drill in the Tool Receptacle and a fan unit for the Vacuum Tool Receptacle. It worked flawlessly as I would have expected. As Graham had mentioned, the unit triggers the Vacuum Receptacle (in Auto Mode) with around 0.25 to 0.3 Amps. I tried the variable speed drill at a very low speed and it turned on the Vacuum Receptacle as he did mention. I tested the unit in all modes: Auto, On, Off and they all worked fine. In the Auto Mode if I briefly turned on the drill (two to three seconds), the shut off time is somewhat shorter than the six seconds which is perfect since there is no need for it to run the full period after shut-off as in the case of someone changing their mind or he/she forgot to do something before getting ready to do some actual woodworking operation. When the Tool Receptacle senses more than the brief period (as in five or more seconds) then there is some real woodworking operation being performed and therefore the Vacuum Receptacle remains on for the full six seconds. (I would suspect this is a function of some RC circuit where the capacitor (C) is being charged the full amount as opposed to a fraction of a charge in the case of the brief turn on). This works to the advantage of the Smarts of the iVac Switch Box Unit itself…so great job. It is definitely an ECO Green Product as well!
Once I have the whole dust collector system ordered and put together I will let you know how things turn out and whether I may or may not require an external relay, contactor, or motor starter for the dust collector motor. Once again thank you so much for your help.
iVAC Automated Vacuum Switch
I have a relatively small shop so I have been getting by with my saw and a shopvac for dust collection. I have been wanting a dedicated DC for some time, but just haven't quite found the money. I have also always admired the Fein vacs for their built-in "switch" that turns on when you turn on a connected tool. But the Fein vacs are pretty expensive, not much less than a low-end DC.
Then I discovered the iVac.
Before the iVac, I must admit that for those times when I needed just a cut or 2, I occasionally wouldn't make the effort to turn on the vac. With the iVac it is ALWAYS ready to go. Just switch on the saw, and the iVac goes to work. Switch off the saw and the iVac clears the remaining dust for a few seconds, then turns off. My shop is quiet again. Absolutely pefect. No fumbling for switches or remote controls. It works so nicely that I actually smiled the first time I used it. Most of the better DCs come with key fob remotes. While better than nothing, that solution pales in comparison to having the DC turn on an off automatically.
I had seen a couple similar products but was concerned over the fact that they were 15A only solutions. I know the combination of my saw and vac is right around 15A total. The iVac actually includes 2 separate 15A circuits. So, if you have 2 separate 15A house circuits, you can plug the iVac into each circuit giving you more "total" allowable current.
I have a home shop with typical 110V circuits, so many of the DCs and tools I have been considering are right around 15A or even 16A. Obviously a 16A DC would not work with this iVac, so if/when they come out with a higher amp version, I will absolutely be at the front of the line to buy it.
I contacted the manufacturer MBright Tools via email over a cosmetic issue (that may have even been my fault). I received a response faster than I had ever received any customer service response in my entire life. During my conversation with them, it became very clear they are dedicated to supporting their products. The whole customer service experience was far above and beyond what I have come to expect from most companies.
I had no knowledge of the company prior to the purchase of my iVac. I'm just a major fan of thoughtfully engineered products and companies dedicated to helping their customers. I only wish MBright made more of the tools and products I use every day.
Dust Collection on Autopilot
When the tool comes alive, so does the vacuum
My biggest complaint about dust-collection equipment is having to switch the systems on and off. It's enough of a problem that I was eager to try the new iVAC switch, and I'm glad I did. It activates any plug-in dust-collection equipment (up to 1,400 watts) automatically whenever a power tool that's also plugged into the switching unit is turned on.
The iVAC has been working flawlessly as part of my mitre-saw dust-collection system for a month. The vacuum comes on every time I hit the mitre-saw trigger, and then switches off six or seven seconds after the trigger is released. What more can you ask for?
- Steve Maxwell