Slide switch for my Shop Vac

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Forum topic by sportflyer1 posted 02-21-2015 04:04 PM 851 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2015 04:04 PM

The slide switch for my old shop vac is getting intermittent. It turns on OK but tends to switch off by itself due to vibrations . Last night I dismantled the unit and found that the panel mounted slide switch is rated at 11A , 125V . The switch body is definitely less deep( front to back) than the standard 6A slide switches I have in hand . The contacts in the Shop vac switch seems pretty large compared to the 6A switches. I can’ t even try to use the 6A rated switch because it’s too thick and wont fit.

I looked in Mouser and Digikey and basically 6A is what they have in their catalogs. 13A not available as a panel mounted slide switch. So I am in a quandary .

Perhaps I will need to drill a hole someplace else and use a toggle or rocker switch instead . Any ideas?

BTW 11 amps seem pretty hefty for a shop VAC. 11A at 125V is 1375 watts or approx 1.8 HP .

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 04:12 PM

Try Radio Shack or Jameco Electronics.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 04:15 PM

Radio Shack will be a hit-or-miss and your local one might not even be there any more since they went under. I’d try opening it up and fixing it if possible.


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

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 04:21 PM

You might try looking in those pull out drawer units that are in the hardware stores and the big box stores. They sometimes have drawes with misc switches.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 04:40 AM

I fixed it by using a 20 a rocker switch. Had to cut a 3/4 inch hole for the switch and also modified the switch housing to accommodate the larger switch. The original switch is an obsolete part.

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