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Forum topic by MrUnix posted 06-23-2014 07:19 PM 2022 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrUnix

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06-23-2014 07:19 PM

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 - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable


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#1 posted 06-23-2014 07:38 PM

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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#2 posted 06-23-2014 08:13 PM

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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#3 posted 06-23-2014 08:13 PM

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 06-23-2014 08:18 PM

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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#5 posted 06-23-2014 08:42 PM

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

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 09:12 PM

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 - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 11:35 PM

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, Canada

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 12:09 AM

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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#9 posted 06-24-2014 11:50 AM

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.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#10 posted 06-24-2014 03:30 PM

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

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MrUnix

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#11 posted 01-02-2017 10:14 PM

Well, it’s only been two years since I first asked this question, and I finally got around to picking up one of those foot switches today :)

Had a 25% off coupon from HF that expired today, so I ran over and picked up one of the push-on, push-off types. I have to admit, I waited way too long, and should have got it a lot sooner. I went with the push-on/push-off type mainly based on Ken and Jim’s comments above – best of both worlds. It certainly makes things much easier, and at roughly $11 (after tax) for the switch and a free 20’ tape measure, the price certainly was right!

Cheers,
Brad

PS: After using it a while, I now firmly believe that all scroll saws should come from the factory with a foot switch, not just the uber-expensive ones :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#12 posted 01-02-2017 10:28 PM


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.

- b2rtch

SS could be a ShopSmith,
Oops just informed it was in the Scroll Saw forum, Da

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muleskinner

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#13 posted 01-02-2017 11:30 PM

I chose a momentary to put on my scrollsaw. I’ve been very happy with this one… http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3358

-- Visualize whirled peas

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OggieOglethorpe

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 11:39 PM

I keep both around.

The momentary gets the most work doing inlay and stringing work with routers and a Dremel, my ShopVac in between groups of pocket holes, and anything else I want on and off hands-free or in bursts.

I use the click on/off for my scroll saw, my HVLP turbine when I’m not using my RF remote, bigger handheld routing, and anything my foot would go numb holding down a foot switch.

With the on-off, I’ll turn the tool off when my hands are free. I don’t leave it live.

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#15 posted 01-02-2017 11:44 PM

I use momentary on mine, an old sewing machine foot switch that I just plugged in and the saw is plugged into it.

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