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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 01-23-2013 04:22 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2013 04:22 PM

This is a pic of the switch for my Record mini-lathe (approx 15-20 years old). It is inline with the cord, housed in a black plastic box that at one time had two tabs on it for mounting to wherever you wanted to put it on your lathe stand. The switchbox is maybe 3”x2”x2”.

Those tabs are broken, the back is broken and won’t stay glued and there is a big chunk missing. I need a similar type switch and box to replace it with. I know I can go to the borg and get an outlet and normal switch and wire it up but I want it to look a bit more professional. Contacting Record hasn’t worked because to send them an email in England I have to register and their registry isn’t accepting American addresses and I’m not calling England from AZ.

So please look at the power tools in your shop and if you’ve got something similar looking – maybe a Craftsman tool (they used a gazllion different switch types) – please let me know the make/model/tool. Then I can track down a replacement part based on that tool.

Thanks
Joe

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 04:43 PM

try this link and see if this would work

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17401&Max=999

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 04:51 PM

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks. That would work with modification – it’s designed to be added between the outlet and the tool’s original plug. I could cut the cords off and just use the box itself, but I’m hoping there’s another tool out there that had a box closer to my original.
EDIT: the thanks was for the Rockler link. Thanks for the try with ereplacements, but they don’t list Record brand and my model # isn’t coming up in the search.

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 04:57 PM

You could use a router table switch or a craftsman table saw switch- BUT you’d need to wire a female plug on the lathe’s motor wire. Still a cheap, easy solution though.

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 05:00 PM

Yep, that’s what I’m kinda currently doing. I’ve got the original switchbox turned on, wrapped in a couple hundred feet of duct tape and plugged into a craftsman router switch – one of those contraptions with two plugs in the back and a big red paddle up front. It got me to “working” but I’m trying to get to “restored.”

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 05:39 PM

Nothing says “professional” like a plastic switch box.

If you can get the back bezel off the switch you
have you can pull the switch out of the box and
put it in a new standard wall box. Use a steel switch
plate and enlarge the hole to fit the switch.

You can find all sorts of reclaimed and new switches
in boxes on ebay. Some ship from Asia.

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 06:17 PM

I don’t think the steel box route looks all that bad. Here is my lathe- the switch was damaged from the get-go, so I wired this up. The extra outlets are handy to plug in some task lights.

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 06:25 PM

If you can take the guts out, you could make a nice small box to fit and paint it black?.
Perhaps out of some easily workable material… like… oh I dont know… possibly WOOD ?

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 03:04 PM

I’d avoid wood for an electrical box. Always the chance something would spark one day. And a metal box provides a handy ground.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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