|Review by b2rtch||posted 08-15-2012 12:26 PM||2379 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
I had a serious problem a short while ago with a jointer I just bought, starting unexpectedly, creating serious damages but more importantly it could have cost me my life or at least some very serious injury.
You can read the story here:
Until yesterday morning when helping some one else with this switch, I used only the paddle of the switch that I installed on the existing equipment in my shop.
Yesterday I understood how to correctly wire this switch so that it would function as designed.
No wiring instruction come with the switch causing people like to stumble when installing it.
The reason for the accident with my jointer is that by accident, while moving it the machine, the switch was set in the “on” position causing the motor to start as soon as I plugged the cord in.
The switch from Woodstock has an integrated magnetic coil which hold the contacts in as long as there is power to the switch. As soon as ,for any reason, the power is interrupted the contacts are open/released preventing the motor the start again by itself when the power is restored.
In addition this switch is very easy to install in an existing box and to wire: there are four posts on the switch, the two wires coming from the wall connect to the two bottom posts , the two wires going to motor connect to the top post. Just make sure to connect hot to hot and neutral to neutral.
I extremely strongly recommend to all of you to retrofit your old equipment with this switch.
It could save your life, injuries or at the very least expensive repairs and aggravations.