-this is not a review , this is why it is not in the review section.
-I do not say the Grizzly paddle switches are not working or not working as they should.
I do not not say that I did not receive what I ordered.
Some of you might remember the near-accident I had with my PowerMatic jointer when this one started unexpectedly and that a piece of the cutting head flew away braking a part of the out feed table and nearly missed me.
This happened because the original switch was just that a purely mechanical switch and that by accident it had been turned on while the jointer was moved and that as soon I plugged the jointer in, it started.
This would have been prevented with an electromagnetic motor switch, which open the circuit as soon as the power is interrupted and does not turn back on until someone push the switch again.
Since this near-miss, I equipped all my equipment with paddle switches from Woodstock that I buy on Amazon.
This switch incorporates a mini-solenoid which functions as a magnetic motor switch. If the power is interrupted for any reason, unless someone push on the button again, the motor will not start again. This is very safe switch.
The only kind of switch I want o use.
Last week I received and installed a brand new 17” band saw from Grizzly.
I immediately noticed that it was not equipped with paddle switch but with on ordinary push button “permanent” on/off switch. Which means that if the power is interrupted for any reason with power on and then re-established the saw starts immediately, may be with your fingers in it
In my opinion this is a huge safety hazard, specially on saw and why today someone would sale a piece of equipment with such an “unsafe” switch I do not know.
So I decided to install a paddle switch.
I was going to buy the same paddle switch that I bought in the past but I saw that I could buy a Grizzly one for just few dollars more.
I bought the Grizzly thinking that it would mount directly in the saw.
The Grizzly switch looks almost identical the Woodstock switch.
I received the switch yesterday. This morning I went to install it.
First thing I will not fit in the saw without either modifying the switch or the saw. It does seem to be a standard pattern like the Woodstock switch is.( the Wood stock will fit in an ordinary 1 gang box)
Second: this is not a “safe” switch as the Woodstock is.
This is just an ordinary permanent switch as the one originally on the saw with a paddle on the top of it.
Not what I wanted or expected.
I believe that Grizzly description of this switch on the Amazon website is near-deceiving as it does not clearly indicate what this switch is and, more important what it is not .
Further more is does not say that it will not directly mount in at least some of Grizzly equipment.
I have nothing against Grizzly but they should more clearly indicate what they sale