|Review by Grumpy||posted 01-25-2008 01:26 AM||13366 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
I had been eyeing off the Magswitch featherboard in magazines for some time and thought what a great invention it was. I don’t really understand how you can turn a magnet on and off , other than an electro magnet, simply by turning a knob but you can with the Magswitch. If anybody knows how it is done I would like to hear about it.
I purchased the 30mm Magswitch Pro2 this week. It consists of two powerful earth magnets associated with a featherboard in a type of durable plastic molding. An optional vertical attachment can be fitted. I purchased both items.
This is truly an amazing addition to the workshop. Not only does it assist with the safety aspects it assists with accurate cutting. You might say any other featherboard will do the same but there is a difference.
-The Magswitch can be turned on or off and removed very easily. Other featherboards are either clamped or bolted to the table saw slot.
-It can be located anywhere on your table saw, router station, jointer, bandsaw table etc. provided they are magnetically compatible eg steel. If you have aluminum or allow table beds you are out of luck with this tool. My router table has a MDF bed but with a little modification I can add a piece of steel to accommodate the Magswitch.
-The Magswitch is surprisingly powerful, the manufacturer states the 30mm Mag-Jig (a different device) has a gripping force of 155lb. It don’t know the gripping force of the two magnets on the Magswitch but it is surprisingly strong.
-A big advantage is that it can be set up very easily and quickly.
The Magswitch meets my 5 star rating.
PS: I have no association with a supplier or manufacturer of this product.
http://www.magswitch.com.au/ is a global link.
-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python