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Upgraded Shutoff Switch on SawStop

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Blog entry by Garth posted 03-24-2017 11:20 PM 557 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just upgraded my 1960’s table saw to a SawStop. I have only made a few cuts with it; however, I realized I really missed something on my old table saw. I did a rip cut and was standing off to the right of the blade and held the board down. I then had to reach way over the far left end of the saw to turn it off. On my old saw, I had placed a large shutoff in the center, where I could easily shut if off with my knee. I got used to turning off the saw with my knee and could keep my hands on a piece of wood if needed.

At that point, I knew I wanted to figure out how to turn off the saw from the left side of the blade and also wanted to do it with a knee. I thought for about 3 second about adding another large switch to kill the power to the entire saw; however, I then realized it would likely render the brake inactive. I then went to Google and here looking for a solution. I saw some people had set large paddles over the small switch; however, that would not really work on a saw stop. Plus they would not look good on a brand new saw.

I then came up with my solution. I got some 3/4” plywood and cut two pieces (~4”x 6”) for paddles. I rounded and routed the edges, then painted it black with a glossy black enamel paint. I also cut a two top pieces (~4” x 4”) and also painted them black. After the paint dried, a small 3” hinge connected the paddle to the top piece. For a bar, I wanted to make sure it was red to match the saw. I almost used a red 3/4” PEX water pipe, but did not want to by 10’ when I only needed a few feet. I ended up using a 3/4” white PVC pipe and covered it with red electrical tape. The PVC pipe was not going to be stiff enough, so I inserted a dowel rod down the center. This is plenty stiff enough and cheaper than a metal rod. I also worried that if it was too heavy, it would shut off the paddle switch. To attach to the bottom of the rail, I pulled out two of the bolts and replaced them with longer bolts. That way I did not have to do any cutting new holes in the rail for the fence. I then attached the red rod to the two paddles by a standard bolt.

See the attached pictures. I like the way it turned out and matches the saw. Now I can easily turn off the saw with an off switch that is 34” long. I think it now made my saw just a bit safer. Also, I can easily get to the adjustments for the blade angle and height.

EDIT: I tried a few adjustments and the bar does not at all seem in the way. I am sure I might bump it and turn it off, but I doubt it. It actually sits about 2” back under the table, so just standing, its not in the way. Also, when turning off, you can feel pushing it in. Therefore a light touch to the bar will not turn it off as you do have to push it in. Hope that might help answer that question. I tried to add a picture turning the knob, one from the side showing how its underneath the rail, and lastly that it will lift up if needed.

I would be interested in knowing what people think.

Garth



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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 11:29 PM

It looks nice, but I’d probably be turning the saw off unintentionally and often. But if it works for you, then it’s perfect :)

Edit: Does it interfere with raising and lowering the blade or tilt? Seeems like it may be in the way a bit, but maybe that’s just the angle of the pic.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 11:39 PM

Hmm. I’m surprised you don’t like the placement of the Sawstop switch. I actually find mine very convenient. I upgraded from a Jet contractors saw with push button switches, and I didn’t care for those.

I have a large outfeed table on the Sawstop, so I don’t have to hold the workpiece down after the cut. That may be the difference.

Glad it works for you. Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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NormG

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 05:19 PM

What a great solution and makes it safer also, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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