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The Craftsman Auto Switch


This just might be one of the best accessories for the Kreg Jig. Imagine this, you plunge your drill into the Kreg Jig's drill guide and as you compress your drill's trigger your vacuum turns on automatically sucking all of the loose woodchips through the Kreg Dust Collection Attachment. As soon as your hole is done, you release the trigger and your drill and vacuum wind down simultaneously.  Cool, right? Definitely!



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Comment by Jay Boutwell on November 8, 2012 at 8:39pm

Mike, if you are looking for how I built the dust control on-off switch, it is contained in a diagram and explaination that I posted beginning on page one thru 3 under the product review section of this community.  It is pretty simple and easy to build and requires very little amount of money.  It in now going on about 16 years of trouble free service.  You build it with a current sensor and a relay and some common electrical items.

Comment by Mike on November 7, 2012 at 7:41pm

I would like those plans to   thanks

Comment by steven michaud on April 4, 2012 at 6:26am

I have 2 of the craftsman switches, 1 on my chop saw and the other on my router table, they are connected to my shop vacs, i love it, can't afford those big dust collectors, great when your on a budget, for about $20 each, it's money well spent, and it made my wife happy, not spending much money !!  lol...

Comment by Robert Rea on March 18, 2012 at 7:37pm

Hello Jay,

I'd really like to receive a copy of your plans as well. 

Thanks for sharing.


Comment by Jens Jensen on December 10, 2011 at 1:54pm

In a past issue of Woodsmith there is a article on these switches .The person suggested to save over half and go to box store in lighting and purchase a remote outside light switch.You plug in receiver to outlet and dust system to that,then your remote stays in your apron.

Volume 33 Issue 196

Comment by Ken Darga on December 7, 2011 at 11:47am


alternate to the Craftsman

 ''i-socket'' tool and vacuum switch

Comment by Matt Gates on December 4, 2011 at 7:55pm



If you are electrically handy, wiring a pilot light in parallel with your pump would do the trick.  You would just attach a 120 VAC pilot light lead on the switched side of the pump electrical hook-up (assumes pump is 120 VAC as well).  Hook the other lead to the pump's circuit neutral and whenever you flip the switch to your pump, the pilot light will be on. 


If you are not electrically handy, an electrician can do this for you as well. 

Comment by Greg Shook on December 2, 2011 at 1:27pm

A question for you Jay - Can multiple circuits be passed through the sensor "shoe"?



Comment by Duncan Amos on December 2, 2011 at 1:14pm

I misunderstood - I thought that the dust collector was running on for a time after the controlling appliance was turned off...

Sorry about that!

Comment by Duncan Amos on December 2, 2011 at 5:16am


The link you provided no longer works.

The current sensors are now at and there are timers at could you confirm for us that these are the correct sections?


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