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    Source for Pull-On Push-Off Switches?

    In less that 6 months, I've gone through two of the remote switches that Powermatic sells for the 3520b. The actual switch is a DPST switch, and even though the circuit is only using one side of it, both legs seem to quit working at the same time. Bottom line is the switch itself is cheap junk. Although PM replaced the first one free of charge (and quickly), I don't want to bother replacing a crappy switch with another crappy switch. I want to find another source.

    I now have two nice magnetic switch boxes, complete with a 10' or so cord on each, so I'm only looking for a bare switch. It only needs to be SPST, but I can make just about any configuration work. I'd prefer to find something similar to the main power switch on the 3520b...a stout pull-on push-off switch. Any of you know a good source for such parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Any of you know a good source for such parts?
    I'll look today Vaughn, but if you have equipment in your shop with a better than average switch you might try getting a replacement switch from that manufacturer and put it on your lathe remote.
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 07-14-2008 at 10:15 AM. Reason: Added 'remote' after the last word so it looks like I know what I am talking about.



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    Not sure they will have it as I didn't take the time to go through their catalog, but try www.mouser.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    I'll look today Vaughn, but if you have equipment in your shop with a better than average switch you might try getting a replacement switch from that manufacturer and put it on your lathe remote.
    Great idea, except PM wants over $90 for a simple on-off switch. ($88.37 + shipping.) There must be a more economical alternative.
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    Not sure exactly what the switch look like, but C3 Controls www.c3controls.com has always come through for me. Commercial quality stuff and the prices are reasonable. Even if they don't have an exact match, you may be able to retro fit a better quality switch into the remote?

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    I would start with McMaster Carr.
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    Thanks Mike. That site looks like it might have some choices along the lines of what I want. I'll have to do some digging around on it sometime when it's not so late. (I'm just wrapping up Sunday night.)

    Jeff, I spent a while on the McMaster-Carr site when the first one broke. I'll give them another look, too.
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    Vaughn - I know you are looking for the same style switch but have you considered using a light switch? I wired a remote for my lathe over a year ago and am still using the same switch. If it goes bad - and I am sure it will some day - it will cost me another $1 to get a new one. With light switches you can use the standard toggle arm or a rocker style and they will work just as well as the $90 ones. Just wanted to throw that out there for you to think about....
    Steve

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    Vaughn,

    I'm not sure if these guys have what you want, but worth a look:

    http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.as...c&keyword=ESKP
    http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.as...c&keyword=ESMC
    http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.as...c&keyword=ESKP

    Off to piano lessons otherwise I'd take a look myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    Vaughn - I know you are looking for the same style switch but have you considered using a light switch? I wired a remote for my lathe over a year ago and am still using the same switch. If it goes bad - and I am sure it will some day - it will cost me another $1 to get a new one. With light switches you can use the standard toggle arm or a rocker style and they will work just as well as the $90 ones. Just wanted to throw that out there for you to think about....
    That is what I was going to suggest as well. My dad did this and I have all the parts to do so, just need to do it. I'm also adding an outlet on mine so I have a handy plug if I need it.
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