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Project by Routerisstillmyname posted 11-18-2012 05:48 PM 1728 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I upgraded the useless Ridgid TS power switch http://lumberjocks.com/projects/26810 few years ago, I’ve been meaning to add a slight improvement to enable even safer operations in an emergency.
There are times when I need to turn off the power switch without letting go of the work piece.
Hence this 20 minutes project. I glued two hard boards together because they provide necessary stiffness without adding much weight.
This s a definite improvement. It seems to me that being able to turn off the switch with a bump of the knee is just more natural in workshop environment.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.





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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 06:00 PM

oddly enough ive never had a problem turning off my saw with the factory ridgid switch.

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Routerisstillmyname

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 06:08 PM

Never said you couldn’t turn off the saw with factory switch. I have said in an emergency it is a disaster waiting to happen and this opinion is shard by many Ridgid TS saw users. You don’t see pro saws with that kind of trap switch……...

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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redryder

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 08:55 PM

On my Grizzly TS I use my left leg all the time to shut things down. Not for safety but for convenience. Your larger paddle is worth a look. Thanks…...................

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Gerben

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 08:59 PM

Looks handy. Just make sure there is nothing standing behind it :-)

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Routerisstillmyname

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 09:07 PM

I think I’ll make it longer so i can use my foot instead of my knee which is too much work :-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Dark_Lightning

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 04:24 AM

I had a step-on switch that I used when running the rocket launches for our club. I could step on it (or not) when kids were using the push-button switch, either enabling or disabling the launch, based on the current conditions. I called it the “Launch Control Officer is God” switch…I was the LCO. I’m not god, obviously. The kids never noticed, as they were looking at their rockets. Maybe a foot switch for some power tools would be a good idea, like if you fall over from a strike from a piece of wood, or something.

I ran a power shear many years ago, which had a switch on each handle. If both switches weren’t engaged, it wouldn’t operate. Considering that the thing was made for chopping through about a foot of paper, that made perfect sense. It had a blade that weighed about 40 pounds and was as sharp as a razor. It would have taken off a limb in a fraction of a heartbeat if those interlock switches had been by-passed.

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 04:42 AM

Aka

A flipadoodle :))

Good Idea.

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Routerisstillmyname

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 04:44 AM

THX A1

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Mike Gager

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 05:50 PM

i guess maybe its how i have mine positioned but all i have to do is raise my leg and it hits the switch. im pretty tall though so maybe thats part of it

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