I know some have had issues with failures pretty fast but mine has worked for about 2 years now. It acts quickly (when it acts), and has the perfect amount of vacuum time on after the tool goes off to clear dust. I wish festool’s ct vacs would give us another couple of seconds like this thing does. My main gripe is that the outlets are very loose, esp. I have to constantly bend prongs back and forth to get it to make contact inside, which is a big hassle when it’s plugged in behind something, which it always is. Not plug and play, but plug and play and fiddle. It’s cheaper than an auto actuated vacuum to be sure, but reliability is not strong. If someone would manufacture one of these that just simply worked i’d buy like 12 of them.
I recently purchased this product, so i cannot comment on its long-term durability, but in use, it is great. It has two outlets into one of which i plug my table saw, and into the other i plug my ‘on’ shop vac which is connected to the exhaust port of the saw. Although the vac switch is ‘on’ the vacuum doesn’t run until i turn on the saw. Then, the very best thing about the socket autoswitch is that the vac keeps running for about seven seconds after i turn off the saw before it too shuts off. My only problem is that so far, this outlet works so well that i keep switching it between two different shop vacs (with different diameter hoses) and a few different machine tools. If it were less expensive, i’d buy a couple more of these autoswitch outlets.
Temperamental but i figured it out. I read some negative reviews and i bought anyways. This is where i think people are struggling with it ‘not working’. First, make sure you have your shopvac and tool plugged into the ivac before you plug the ivac into the wall outlet or extension cord. If you switch tools while the ivac is still plugged into the wall outlet, your vac will probably not work again until you unplus the ivac and attach your new tool.
If you do not own a whole shop vac, this is a great way to see how convenient such a thing is. I do own a whole shop vac, but i have several projects outside on my property where i set up my miter saw. This outlet is ideal for remote work locations. It activates my shop vac without thinking about it and my worksite has much less loose laying sawdust. This is especially important where i don’t end up with bushes getting dusted over. I tried using the filter bag that came with the saw, but it doesn’t aid in the dust removal by sucking up flying saw dust the way a shop vac can, and i don’t have to empty the shop vac nearly as often as the dust bag that comes with the tool.
Using it in combination with the oneida molded diy dust deputy cyclone and it does exactly what it’s suppose to do.
Turns on your shop vac when you turn on your tool. Turns off the vac about 7 seconds after you stop your tool. Great when you’re working at the end of a hose or up a ladder and you don’t want to have to go back to the vacuum to turn it on/off every time you put the tool down for a break but want to be able to hear yourself think. As an added bonus i don’t have to pull out the power strip either as this lets me plug both devices in with my single outlet extension cord.
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I had built a dust collection cart before this product arrived, it was all i needed to finish the project. When it came in 2 days later, i hooked it up and immediately knew i got my money worth. When my tool is triggered, my shop vac fires up and within six seconds of releasing the tool the shop vac turns off. I didn’t need anything else.Until i started pulling my cart around the workshop, i noticed something. The slightest bump to the i-socket will dislodge it from the outlet receptacle. This happened to me twice when i finally had enough. I didn’t want it to break at the prongs like another reviewer had already experienced. With some small scrap ply, i built a hideous looking box around the i-socket in which it is still easily accessible by plugs as well as removed via two screws (i don’t see myself ever removing the i-socket). The product is fantastic, but a little bulky and clumsy.
This works exactly as described. I plugged my shop vac into it, and hooked up my miter saw to the tool outlet. Rigged a hose from the saw to the vacuum, and i’m all set. Can’t believe the difference in how much dust is now being extracted from the saw, and it’s all automatic.I also like the fact that this is timed to keep the vacuum running for a few more seconds after the saw shuts off. That allows the hose to clear completely, or if you’re making a lot of repetitive cuts with the saw, it lets you keep cutting without the vacuum shutting down immediately after each cut.
It works, however i had hoped to plug a relay outlet into the vac plug to off-load the power from this switch. I have a large vacuum and was somewhat worried about the load on this device, as that seems to be how they fail. But the coil on the relay doesn’t have enough power draw to allow this switch to disconnect power. Must be a solid state switch which puts out some power from the vac outlet with nothing plugged in to the tool. But it does turn on the vacuum with a small delay and keep it on for a few seconds after the saw shuts off. I am missing having a switch to turn the vacuum on for other uses however. It is somewhat of a pain to move the plug for the vacuum every time you want it for something else. Edit: i am now using a power strip on my miter saw stand. Any tool plugged in to power strip will activate the vac. Perfect for the sander as it is on and off a lot.
I usually use it pairing a medium router and a 5. Works even with my 15amp miter saw and 5. 5 hp vac, though i believe it is not rated for it. It needs to redesigned with a 3-4 foot whip instead of a direct plug in. This would give you the ability to more securely mount it to a surface and not have to worry about it falling out of the wall socket from the weight of the cords. I am a professional carpenter.
Saw this youtube video where this guy built a controller from scratch. Loved the idea of a switch that would turn on the vacuum when i turned on a tool (i often forget) and turn it off. I started trying to find and price the components and i was over $30. Saw this product on amazon and it looked perfect and if it worked, would actually be cheaper. The good news–it works perfectly. Plug your vac in the vac outlet and the tool in the tool outlet and connect the switch to power and you are good to go. The vac comes on as soon as you start the tool. The vac stays on for several seconds after you shut off the tool to suck up any remaining dust. Does exactly what i expected.
Features of DGC PRODUCTS i-Socket Intelligent Autoswitch with ports for Power Tool and Vacuum; PATENTED TECHNOLOGY delays Vacuum Turn-On/Off to Prevent Circuit Overload, Eliminating Circuit Breaker Tripping
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- HOW IT WORKS. Patented automatic vacuum switch uses an on-Board Micro-Controller to monitor and control current when two large motors try to power-up at the same time. Prevents circuit overload by automatically delays vacuum turn-off by 7 seconds.
- EFFECTIVENESS. Runs the vacuum only when you are working so you save time and electricity. Reduces airborne toxin that can lead to many health problems. Reduces work area noise by running the vacuum only when you use your tool.
- BEST FOR medium duty workloads in the home workshop and on the job site. It’s actuation threshold of about 0.7 amps (85 watts at 120V) makes it perfectly suited for most Miter Saws, Table Saws, Power Sanders and Routers and extends the life of your vacuum.
- ELECTRONICS. A software embedded micro-controller controls the in rush of current when the motor starts up to help eliminate overload of the circuit. Once the tool stops, it provides power to the vacuum for seven seconds to clean out the inlet pipe.
- TECHNICAL SPECS. Case: Durable UL-rated 94V, ABS plastic; Outlet required: Standard 15 Amp, 120 VAC, 60 Hz outlet; Power rating: 15 Amp, 120 VAC, 60 Hz; Input connection: 3 prong (grounded) male; Tool outlet connections: 2 or 3 prong plugs
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HOW IT WORKS. Patented automatic vacuum switch uses an on-Board Micro-Controller to monitor and control current when two large motors try to power-up at the same time.