|Review by CharlesA||posted 01-25-2014 09:05 PM||8838 views||3 times favorited||34 comments|
I saw these two paddle switches on a LJ thread and decided to replace the original switch on my Craftsman 113 contractor table saw. I ended up with both of them, so I can review both a bit on features and installation. I can’t say too much yet about long-term performance.
The Woodstock D4160 is the same as the Grizzly H8241 and is for 110v only up to 16 amps. The Woodstock D4151 is the same as the Grizzly H8243 and can be used with 110 and 220 and can be used up to 35 amps on 110, 20 amps on 220. This review is only on 110v usage. I bought mine from Amazon, $11.70 for the 110 4160, $23.00 for the 110/220 4151. I received no documentation for either switch and I couldn’t find any on the Woodstock site; however, the Grizzly site has downloadable PDFs that came in handy.
The 4160 connects with 1/4” quick connect tabs that press fit on; the 4151 connects with ring wire terminals that are screwed on (see pic 3 above).
The depth of the two switches is different. The 4151 will not fit in a drawn steel handy box even without wires installed. It will fit into a gangable switch box.
The 4160 can fit in either, although with the connectors sticking straight back, it might be a tight fit in a handy box:
There is one significant difference in usage. The 4151 110/220 is a mechanical switch. Before attaching any wires, you can push in the start button and it will click on, and it releases when you press the stop button. After installation, when I unplugged the saw when on and then plugged it back in, the saw restarted. The 4160 110 switch is a magnetic switch. Before installation, there is no click when pressing the start button nor is it released when pressing the stop button. After installation, when unplugged while running the start button releases and the saw does not restart when plugged back in.
They appear to be made by two different manufacturers, and the look and feel of the 110/220 4151 is a bit nicer than the 110 4160.
I’ve gone with the 4160 since it is adequate to the saw and I like having the magnetic switch for a bit of added safety. I gave the switches 4 stars since I had to search for instructions and because they just state they can fit into a standard electrical box without giving any guidance which boxes.
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