Foot switch - Momentary or push on/push off?

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Forum topic by MrUnix posted 06-23-2014 07:19 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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?


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

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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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#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.


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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.


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

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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.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my 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, wiswood2

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