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Please Note: All iVac switch systems will be out of stock until approx. end of May 2013. Please check back with us at that time.
Designed initially for the North American marketplace, all iVAC modules (iVAC Switch Box & iVAC Pro) have;
A Turn On delay of approximately 1.5 seconds to prevent dual surges on the AC power lines.
At least a 6 second Turn Off time for the Dust Collection device to ensure that any extra debris and dust in the work area is contained.
A three position mode switch to choose Automatic, On, or Off modes.
Safety Approval to CSA / UL requirements and FCC / IC approvals where necessary.
iVAC Switch Box
The iVAC Switch Box was the first and still most popular unit produced. It is for use with a Power Tool and Dust Collection Unit / Shop Vac which both operate on 115Vac at a maximum of 15A each. The unit has a 15Amp circuit breaker for each of the Tool and Vacuum circuits and this allows for a total of 30Amps to be utilized.
Note that Shop Vacs are often "marketed" with Peak "HP" (horse power) ratings. This is the maximum (which always occurs at start-up) ... and the consumer assumes bigger is better. Quite possible, but don't mistake a 5HP Shop Vac for a 5HP stand-up Dust Collector.
A 5HP Shop Vac will usually work fine on an iVAC Switch Box module.... but a 5HP Dust Collector will pop the breaker every time. Stand Up Dust Collectors have start up current surges which are often 4 to 5 times their rated operating current. A 115Vac, 14Amp (1.5HP) dust collector will take in the range of 50 - 65 Amps for up to two seconds at start-up. This will trip the circuit breaker in an iVAC Switch Box.
To solve this problem we recommend using the iVAC Contactor. This module has been designed to work with the iVAC Switch Box in order to switch high current surges to the dust collector. It is able to handle up to 150Amps surge and 25Amps continuous at 230Vac single or 3phase. This enables the iVAC Contactor to handle the 1.5HP dust collectors at 115Vac and up to 7HP at 230Vac 3 phase. The iVAC Contactor contains all UL approved electrical components and should be installed by a licensed electrician.
iVAC Pro System
The iVAC Pro System was born from the popularitly of the iVAC Switch Box. Introduced in January 2011, the iVAC Pro system allows the user to mix and match Power Tools & Dust Collectors which operate on different voltages and current ratings. Designed for use usually in a woodworking shop, there are two main components, the iVAC Pro TOOL and the iVAC Pro SWITCH.
Both the TOOL & SWITCH are available as 115Vac 15A, 115Vac 20A, 240Vac 15A & 240Vac 20A (8 models in total). The 15Amp versions were made available for workshops that are already pre-wired. If possible we strongly recommend that you use the 20Amp versions, since these models will accommodate both 15Amp and 20Amp plugs and are less susceptible to start up current surges.
The iVAC Pro Tool is used to connect to your Power Tools (Planers, Table Saws, etc.). When a tool is turned on, the iVAC Pro TOOL sends a wireless signal to the iVAC Pro SWITCH module which controls the Dust Collector in the system. Up to eight different iVAC Pro TOOLS can control one iVAC Pro SWITCH... this is considered an iVAC Pro SYSTEM. You can have up to 4 iVAC Pro SYSTEMS with in close proximity of each other without any signal interference. Again, you can have any mix and match of power tools & dust collector(s).