iVAC Dust Extractor Fill Level Meter
Struggling to know when your homemade dust extractor is full? This innovative little beauty from who else but iVAC takes all the hassle out of checking your dust extractor levels - it consists of a handy, lightweight and compact indicator unit with protective casing and a long USB cable power supply.
It has a multi-coloured light display for quick and easy reading of your dust extractor's fill levels and while the light is clearly visible from the other side of the room, it only illuminates when your dust collector needs to be emptied. Easily screw mounted to virtually any surface.
Dust Extractor Drum Fill Level Meter Kit Features
- Lets you know the second your dust collectors full, so you never over-fill, never overflow.
- Tough-built protective casing ensures it excels under the toughest workshop conditions
- Long USB cable, so you never have to worry about positioning in the ideal place
- Really easy to read non-marring LED light display, so you can check it from the other side of your workshop!
- Screw mount to any surface
What's so good about a Dust Extractor Fill Level Meter?
The iVAC Automated Dust Extraction System is brilliant for taking all the hassle out of dust extraction and for such a small add on price, we're not surprised these fill level meters have become so popular among our customers. What they offer is simple: a time-tested, reliable way of ensuring you don't overfill your dust extractor.
We all know the sort of problems that can cause, especially if you're the sort of woodworker who, like us, is constantly getting distracted, pausing jobs halfway through and then not coming back to them for a couple of days. In these situations, a helpful, easy, tough-built and impossible to miss reminder to empty your extractor as soon as fills ends up being an absolute gem.
Maintain accurate dust extractor bin levels at all times
The iVAC Fill Level Meter (FLM) alerts users to the level of dust and debris in their collection bin of their two stage dust collection system. No more overfilled bins that clog up filters that can take hours to clean. Know before you start a task such as using a thickness planer if your bin is near full and empty before starting a task rather than having to stop midway through. Very simple to install and use, it has bright LED’s that indicate the level from the underside of your bin to the top of the debris.
How to install the Fill Level Meter?
Simple installation involves drilling three holes (using the template provided) in the lid of your dust bin and mounting the Sensor module on the underside of your bin. Mount the LED module in a visible location on your shop wall. The bin can be located in another room, simply run the wire from the LED module to the Sensor module and plug the USB into any wall receptacle, plug and play.
The Fill Level Meter Specifics: How it actually works
The iVAC Fill Level Meter consists of two main components, the LED Display module and an IR Sensor module, connected via dust and water proof cables. The Display module is powered with standard USB wall charger and has a series of five LED’s indicating varying fill levels. The first two LED’s are green, the next two are orange and the final “full” level is a flashing blue / red indicating a full bin to be emptied.
See the chart below for approximate LED level indications.
LED Indicator level:
First Green: 80 cm/31″ or more.
Second Green: 40 cm/16″
First Orange: 22.5 cm/9″
Second Orange: 15.5 cm/6″
Blinking Red/Blue: 10.5 cm/4″ (Time To Empty)
The sensor module is fixed to the underside of the lid of your dust bin perpendicular to the deepest area of your bin, and away from the central dust vortex, Fig “A”. The Sensor Module is backed with a foam dust gasket complete with 10-32 studs and lock nuts. A drawing is provided showing the hole sizes and location for drilling prior to installation; Figure “B”, the second foam gasket supplied can be used as a drill hole template. Once the holes are drilled feed the cable through the center hole from the inside, fasten the unit to the lid with the nuts provided slightly compressing the foam gasket sealing the openings, the second gasket is for uneven or rough surfaces.
The LED module should be mounted in a visible location in your shop giving you warnings as your dust bin fills and the different LED’s are illuminated. Connect the cables together as shown in Figure “C” lining up the arrows as you push the cable together. Once connected tighten the nut to secure the fittings. Plug the USB outlet into a receptacle and you are setup and ready to go. A good practice is before mounting to your dust bin connect the cables, plug the unit into an outlet, and run your hand toward and away from the Sensor Module to get an indication of the different LED levels.