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Forum topic by indychip posted 05-01-2013 02:55 PM 1483 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2013 02:55 PM

Looking to purchase a magnetic feather board. I really dont want to spend $50-$60 for a plastic feather board with magnetics (seems overpriced to me). I see where Ridgid has had one in the $35 range, but is no longer available. Anyone know of any good deals going on right now or where I can find a meagnetic feather board for $30-$40? thanks

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 03:22 PM

I bought the Magswitch at rockler with a 20% coupon (they send these out monthly). Definitely one purchase i do not have any regrets on at the price I paid.

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 04:05 PM

to bad you’re a little late to the ridgid feather board party. i got one $17 and 5 more for $.01 each when they were clearanced at HD. they are nice to have and even $31 online, still less expensive than magswitch units.

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 04:10 PM

I have the Grip-Tite ones. The “fin” is just a piece of
Lexan plastic. It’s short enough and well-supported so
that it’s stiff. They have a powerful magnet on the
bottom. The 3rd element is there is a lever on the
back to pry them up. Pretty simple tool.

You could make your own version without too much trouble.

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 04:13 PM

About the Ridgid. I bought one 2-3 years ago. It was regularly $40, but I bought mine on sale for ~$32. In all honesty, it was worth every bit of $40. Heck, knowing what I know now, I’d pay $50.
Ridgid has reportedly dumbed-down the product with weaker magnets which don’t hold as well. The original design used VERY strong magnets. Its possible to move my featherboard after being locked-down, but it takes a deliberate/negligent act to move it. The newer ones are supposedly much easier to inadvertently move. Investigate further and proceed accordingly. My info on the newer models is not first-hand.

With that said, a good magnetic featherboard is a very nice tool to have. Easy and quick to set-up, which means its much more likely to actually get used. Its also easy to store by simply sticking it to the side of your machine when not in use. Can also be used on other machines, such as a jointer, that might not have a miter slot.

Don’t spend a fortune (look for coupons/sales), but don’t sweat the price too much either. You’ll use it a lot.

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#7 posted 05-01-2013 06:37 PM

Just make one and put two strong magnets on it from Harbor Freight ($3.00 for pkg of two, 65 lb pull, chromed – Drill out the hooks which are held in with one pop rivet. I have been using these around the shop all over the place. I must have a dozen of them.

With two magnets on the feather board with a total of 130 lb pull, I don’t think it will be going anywhere.


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#8 posted 05-01-2013 08:37 PM

The main difference in the on/off magnet products with the MagSwitch is that they are WAAAAAAAAY easier to position accurately than “on” all the time magnet products. Case in point: the Carter Mag Fence 1 vs. the Magswitch equipped Magfence II. Nite and day difference in positioning accurately.

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