My on/off switch on my lathe is on the motor itself . . .

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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 12-27-2009 02:06 AM 2689 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2009 02:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: switches wiring lathe replacement safety

. . . . I picked up a delta 46-111 wood lathe with the original stand. Someone installed a metal toggle on/off switch onto the motor housing itself. Bad place and not safe.

I am looking on the web for a safe and aesthetic solution to this problem. I am fairly adept at house wiring, have replaced light fixtures, some new wiring and installed new circuit breakers, and can follow schematics. I’ll take it to a pro if I have to.

I would appreciate any info on switch types and wire gauge/type needed. I have seen folks use table saw switches and even household light switches. I have seen mentioned a “magnetic” switch which is supposed to be better for startup?


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#1 posted 12-27-2009 02:09 AM

Check the Grizzly web site. They have quite a selection of switches suited for 1/2 hp motors and larger. Their prices are very reasonable, too.

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 02:31 AM

As of today, Rockler has this switch on sale. I have three of them on my machines and like them a lot – and according to the advertisement on our own LJ site, shipping is free on all orders!

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