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#1 posted 12-25-2013 03:46 PM

FWIW the original switch should have come with a disabling key. Safer but not as safe as the magnetic switches. Sorry to hear about the parts trouble. I looked at the grizzly site and they do make a magnetic switch for the band saw similar to yours, but the site is unfortunately hard to use unless you are buying exact replacement parts. It is good for that. I had a good experience recently ordering a new safety cover for my new jointer (by new I mean new to me, the last owner had removed and lost it… very bad idea as you describe)

One thing I like, IMO, that you advocate is something I have done in my shop. I have replaced all the switches on each machine to be consistent. All the table saws have the same style, all the shapers, etc. And placed them all in the same place. It makes a consistent action turning on and off, and is much safer imo. This did mean some light modifications on some tools.

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