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Review by b2rtch posted 568 days ago 2003 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How many time when starting your router or your drill press or other power tool did you wish you had one more hand to grab firmly on the piece you were ready to machine?

Often we present a piece of wood on the router just at right place to route it and then we need to let go of it to start the router and then the piece move. Or we hardly can hold one large piece , we do not feel very safe and then we need to let go of one hand to start the router or the drill press.

After I refurbished my Unisaw and installed the router table and the router a few months ago, I also installed this foot switch that I have been using since.
I feel much safer now when I start m y router because I can firmly grab on the piece to machine with both hands.
Two version of this switch exist: Momentary and Permanent.
I use the momentary.
I think that using this switch greatly improve the safety of using my router.
I very strongly recommend the use of this switch.

http://www.harborfreight.com/momentary-power-foot-switch-96619.html
item#96619

-- Bert




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#1 posted 568 days ago

thanks for the review Bert.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 568 days ago

Good review.
I use this with my Work Sharp 3000 when I hone with the felt or leather wheel.

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#3 posted 568 days ago

Thanks Bert. I can think of several uses for these. Great price as well. 15A too.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#4 posted 568 days ago

I have a similar model that I’ve used on numerous tools. Nice review, Bert : )

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#5 posted 568 days ago

I have this switch. I use it with my router assembly. Works great!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#6 posted 568 days ago

You all are pretty brutal at times. Why are you saying “good review”? This seems to me to be about a concept, ie: using a foot control vs. how did this product perform.

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#7 posted 568 days ago

What is the difference between momentary and permanent ?

I assume …..
Momentary. You need to hold down the pedal to turn on the machine and keep it on ? When you take your foot off the switch turns off ?

Sorry didn’t bother clicking on the link. That explained it.

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#8 posted 568 days ago

Thanks for the info. I have been looking at these, but wondered if they held up

-- Norman

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#9 posted 566 days ago

Thanks for the review.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 566 days ago

You all are very welcome

-- Bert

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#11 posted 566 days ago

I have the permanent one on my lathe and looking to get one or the other for the DP and Router

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#12 posted 566 days ago

I think that the temporary one is safer, if something goes wrong let go off it and everything stops.
I would not use a permanent on a lathe, if your sleeve or something get caught , you are in deep trouble.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 566 days ago

I agree with your review. These are very useful and inexpensive. (if you catch it on sale and use the 20% off coupon). I use this switch with my scroll saw and the permanent switch on the router table. Both continue to work as they should. I didn’t like using the “dead man switch” for the router table because I had to alter the way that I stand.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#14 posted 563 days ago

The scenarios you described show exactly why I’ve always liked trigger switches on routers—on the D handle PC 690, and on the PC big plunge (can’t remember the model #). I don’t understand why more manufacturers don’t use it. I can’t see a single downside to a trigger switch, except that it’s a bit awkward if using it in a router table.

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