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MrUnix

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57 days ago

I am looking at getting a foot switch for my SS, but am not sure what type would be best.. either the momentay type or the push on/push off version. Was wondering what preference others have and why?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid


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b2rtch

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#1 posted 57 days ago

What is SS?
Saw Stop?
I use several foot switch from HF.
I use mostly on/off not momentary as they are a pain and sometime impossible to hold in as you work.

-- Bert

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SCOTSMAN

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#2 posted 57 days ago

I would check to see if a footswitch can be used with a saw stop or not.I am just trying to decipher the use of a footswitch with such a set up I would check before buying in any case. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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junebug

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#3 posted 57 days ago

looking at his other posts, I think he is referring to a Scroll Saw

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Elizabeth

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#4 posted 57 days ago

I have a foot switch on my scroll saw. I got the deadman’s type where you have to hold it down to keep the saw going. It works well and I’d recommend it.

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Bill White

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#5 posted 57 days ago

I use a deadman’s switch on my router table. Just feels more safe to me.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 57 days ago

LOL – I figured that being posted in the scrollsawing forum, “SS” would be kind of obvious! Sorry about the confusion.. yes, I’m looking at getting a foot switch for my recently aquired Delta 40-601 scroll saw :) I was just curious about the pros and cons between the two types.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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distrbd

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#7 posted 57 days ago

I used to recommend using a momentary switch with a scroll saw but maybe now that I’m getting older my foot gets tired of constantly pushing the pedal while cutting,I now wish I had a push on/push off foot switch instead.

-- Ken from Ontario

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Shawn Masterson

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#8 posted 57 days ago

heres a good thought. Do you sit or stand while cutting? If you sit is it in a position where you can reach the floor without getting up? I would think if you have to get up to hit the switch then how is that any different than using the factory switch?

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 56 days ago

I have foot switches on my scroll saw, drill press , belt sander and band saw. All are harbor freight click on and click off type. While using my scroll saw, near the end of my cut I depress the foot switch and the saw will continue to run until I release it. (Much like the dead man type) The best of both worlds.

-- In God We Trust

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wiswood2

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#10 posted 56 days ago

I got a dead man switch on my band saw. wouldn’t be with out it.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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