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Forum topic by Itownrocks posted 08-15-2017 03:10 PM 269 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Itownrocks

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08-15-2017 03:10 PM

Hello all

I have a 1988 powermatic 66 table saw. It has in my opinion an unsafe almost recessed off switch on it. I know that this is soly mechanical and that it presses the switch block below the panel face.

My question is: how do you retro fit this design to have a safer off scenario?

Can you replace the current mechanical buttons on the face to a paddle switch?

Or do you add an inline high voltage paddle switch that is always on and you hit to in an emergency to kill the power (which would also trip the magnetic switch in the saws original electronics)?

Thank you for your time and responses.


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smitdog

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#1 posted 08-15-2017 03:18 PM

How about retrofitting something like this:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/143434

If the stop button is recessed you could add a piece of dowel to the back to push the button.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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unbob

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#2 posted 08-15-2017 09:16 PM

I like to work with my local hardwoods, often abit risky. In short, I have had some wood fly back out of the saw. With a powerful saw like yours, when things go really wrong, it goes bang and is over in less then a second.
There will be no time to hit any paddle button. Just saying.

Never stand in front of the blade!


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