Tablesaw safety switch - left or right?

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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 10-16-2013 06:38 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2013 06:38 PM

I’m thinking about making a safety switch for our school’s new Jet tablesaw along these lines:

The power switch is currently mounted on the left-hand side according to the instructions. My question is, do you prefer the switch on the left or on the right side of the tablesaw? I feel more comfortable with it on the right but would like to hear your opinions.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 07:09 PM

Left side here ‘cause I’m feeding w/ the right hand. If I have a prob, I’d rather be able to shut down with the left hand or left knee.


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#2 posted 10-16-2013 07:10 PM

left side

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 07:10 PM


-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 07:12 PM

I concur- Left.

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 07:20 PM


-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 08:00 PM

Left as long as the fence is on the right of the blade.

Why not install both.
“Parallel” the start button contacts and “series” the stop button contacts.
Then either button starts it and either button stops it.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 08:21 PM

Right side-Another perspective, big saws. One would be pretty daring to be any where in front of a board on a powerful table saw. any kick back would most likely kill you. Many things can happen, such as a board shattering “fancy grained hardwoods” and the usual unplanned events. I am hanging out just to the right of the fence, left leg slightly extended along the saws front, right knee bent a bit, keeping the body leaned away from the blade. In case anything happens wont tend to fall toward the blade. Never a bare hand on the wood, various push blocks, one in the left hand has a cleat. No Hero nonsense, no holding a board against a bind and hitting the stop button, if its going to fly out, out it goes. Really no hitting the stop button anyway, when bad things happen on big saws, they happen in a blink of the eye. Anyway, the stop button on a Northfield can be seen here, on the right. Most large saws are like that. I operate smaller saws the same, call me chicken.

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Mark E.

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 08:55 PM

Put it on either side and build a safety switch that extends along the entire front of the saw. Just tap the bar with your knee anywhere along the pipe to engage the stop button.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 11:07 PM

Guess I never thought about it! As a rightie with the fence to the right of the blade most of the time, I guess I feed with my right hand 99.9% of the time and probably concentrate the weight on my right foot leaving the left hand/foot available to hit the kill switch if needed.

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#10 posted 10-16-2013 11:27 PM

My saw came with the switch mounted on the left. That is good for me. I also have the router table wing on the right so I mounted a Rockler Start/Stop switch on the right support leg for it.

Switch for the router.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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