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    Question Let's see your TS switch safety upgrades

    I've been becoming more concerned with my inability to reach my TS switch and turn it off in an emergency. It's an older style two push-button on a Jet cabinet saw. Its currently mounted to the far left side of the saw just beneath the fence rail. Here's a very poor picture.
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    I've seen several picture of shops and saws that have a home made knee switch for turning the saw off. I'd really like to see some close ups and maybe some background on how you made them and what needs to be taken into consideration when designing one.

    Thanks!
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    Mine looks like yours, Rennie. (only less blurry and out of focus... )
    So I should pay attention to this thread also, and see about fixing that.

    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Hi Rennie

    I have a simple paddle type switch that came with my saw. Dont think it is great but for the moment it is all i got. Stu posted a link to a wood turners site and looking through he had tips on how he has made his lathe more safe. Take a look at this page, whilst not a TS set up it does provide some food for thought.
    http://www.laymar-crafts.co.uk/tip11.htm

    I too will be watching to see responses.
    cheers

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    My TS came with a large "STOP" paddle. I added one to my router table and bandsaw as well.
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    The switch on my unisaw has a green recessed button to start and a larger mushroom shaped red button (similar to the one Rob shows) to stop. I mounted it so that as I stand up to the saw to make a cut my left leg can push the off button. It is the factory equipped switch.

    Just wondering Rennie, if you could move the switch over and add an extension to the button.
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    Here's my setup. The switch is the OEM version (magnetic starter), mounted just under the fence rail. The 'paddle is just some scrap wood I had lying around. It's attached via a couple small hinges, bolted to the underside of the fence rail. There's a hole that lines up with the Start button, and a small tab on the back that lines up with the Stop button. A quick bump with my knee will turn the saw off, without having to fumble around looking for the button.
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    Oooh, scary. I'm literally in the process of figuring out how to put together a bracket and where to mount a new switch I was given from Rockler:

    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...0tool%20switch

    It isn't a magnetic set-up which would be better, but it will be a huge improvement to the toggle switch mounted on the side of the saw. I would agree the awkward fumbling is not a good thing.

    Doesn't answer your question about a knee switch, but the coincidence is spooky.

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    Rennie,

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    Got it from Grizzly. I could move it over a little more to the right, but I try to stand as much as possible to the left side of the blade. I only have to nudge it with my leg to shut down the saw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    So I should pay attention to this thread also, and see about fixing that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    I too will be watching to see responses.
    The more the merrier!
    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    My TS came with a large "STOP" paddle. I added one to my router table and bandsaw as well.
    Kinda what I had in mind, but without the cost of a new magnetic switch
    Quote Originally Posted by Royall Clark View Post
    Just wondering Rennie, if you could move the switch over and add an extension to the button.
    Exactly what I'm thinking. I'm sure I've seen some postings of saws that have an added "knee" switch, made of wood of course, that allowed a quick turn off just by raising your knee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Here's my setup. The switch is the OEM version (magnetic starter), mounted just under the fence rail. The 'paddle is just some scrap wood I had lying around. It's attached via a couple small hinges, bolted to the underside of the fence rail. There's a hole that lines up with the Start button, and a small tab on the back that lines up with the Stop button. A quick bump with my knee will turn the saw off, without having to fumble around looking for the button.
    Jim - this is hat I was looking for - simple and effective. Let's see what others have done!
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