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11-13-2016 05:58 PM

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So, I am converting my table saw into a router table. The switch on the table saw has three wires (black, white and green). I’ve looked for wiring switch to outlet but most diagrams show how to do it with a 2 terminal switch. My idea is to be able to plug-in the router to an outlet and have the table saw switch supply the outlet with electricity when turned on. How do I do that since there are no terminals??
Thanks.

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 06:04 PM

The green should be the ground. So you do actually have a 2-wire system to put the switch in-line with.

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 06:34 PM

Perhaps the question could be better phrased. Maybe some pictures of what you’re trying to connect would be in order so I don’t suggest something that is going to have people taking up collections to buy you new furnishings and a new residence, after the funeral of course.

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#3 posted 11-13-2016 07:39 PM


. My idea is to be able to plug-in the router to an outlet and have the table saw switch supply the outlet with electricity when turned on.
- mahdee

If I understand you correctly, you want to do exactly what I’ve done with my drum sander.
I installed a plug in the back of my DS that looks like a wall plug(the box on the left ), the AC to it is supplied by the main on/off switch.(the plug on the right)which is connected to a 120v wall plug.

If you follow the orange wire you see that the on/off switch is supplying the female plug, you can connect your router to this plug,the AC to it is supplied by your table saw’s main switch.
I’m sorry I’m obviously not an electrician and don’t know the lingo but this was the best way I could describe how I did mine.

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 07:52 PM

The switch on the table saw has three wires (black, white and green). I’ve looked for wiring switch to outlet but most diagrams show how to do it with a 2 terminal switch.

What table saw are you working with? What you describe sounds like it’s just a single pole switch, while most saws that just use a switch (and not a starter or mag switch) do it with a double pole one for safety reasons (which is why the diagrams you have been looking at show double pole switches). Pictures?

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 11-13-2016 08:07 PM

starting at the wall plug: the cord will contain a white, black and green wire. these will enter the box with a switch mounted in it. out of this box will run the cord to the box with an outlet mounted in it. This cord will also have a black a green and a white wire.

in the outlet box
the white wire will attach to the outlet at the silver terminal.
the black wire will attach to the gold terminal.
ground (green) will attach to the green terminal

back at the switch box
attach a short piece of wire to the box or mounting screw inside the box
wire nut the two white wires together(from the cords)
wire nut the four green wires together (two cords, switch, and the added one attached to the box).
one black remaining wire (from one cord) is nutted to the black wire off the switch and the remaining black (from the other cord) is nutted to the white wire off the switch

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#6 posted 11-13-2016 08:10 PM

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 08:24 PM


So, I have a power supply cord, switch cord, junction box and outlet. They are all inside the cabinet and the switch button is on the opposite side.

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 08:26 PM

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#9 posted 11-13-2016 08:43 PM

It is a Hitachi and yes, just a flip switch. I think I can easily put a regular switch on it.


The switch on the table saw has three wires (black, white and green). I’ve looked for wiring switch to outlet but most diagrams show how to do it with a 2 terminal switch.

What table saw are you working with? What you describe sounds like it s just a single pole switch, while most saws that just use a switch (and not a starter or mag switch) do it with a double pole one for safety reasons (which is why the diagrams you have been looking at show double pole switches). Pictures?

Cheers,
Brad

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#10 posted 11-13-2016 08:44 PM

Thanks Ken.. I think I may have to go that route. Was hoping to keep the cosmetics intact.

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#11 posted 11-13-2016 09:07 PM

Again… this is such a basic question that if you ask it you should not attempt to wire it yourself. It is extremely easy to screw up something and the results usually are not funny.

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#12 posted 11-13-2016 09:11 PM



Again… this is such a basic question that if you ask it you should not attempt to wire it yourself. It is extremely easy to screw up something and the results usually are not funny.

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This is my thought as well. To the OP, I suggest finding someone who can give you a hand. Why risk hurting yourself or damaging your equipment.

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#13 posted 11-13-2016 09:12 PM

double pole is used when the motors are dual voltage so that both hots would be cut at the switch. Older equipment evn with 220 capability still only used single pole switches. Many 220 systems still use single pole contactors for the mag starters.

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#14 posted 11-13-2016 09:49 PM

Thanks..Very helpful!


Again… this is such a basic question that if you ask it you should not attempt to wire it yourself. It is extremely easy to screw up something and the results usually are not funny.

- Carloz


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#15 posted 11-13-2016 09:57 PM



The switch on the table saw has three wires (black, white and green). I’ve looked for wiring switch to outlet but most diagrams show how to do it with a 2 terminal switch.

What table saw are you working with? What you describe sounds like it s just a single pole switch, while most saws that just use a switch (and not a starter or mag switch) do it with a double pole one for safety reasons (which is why the diagrams you have been looking at show double pole switches). Pictures?

Cheers,

Brad

- MrUnix

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