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    Safety switch inserts

    On my mini lathes at school I had a student "flip" a yellow safety insert for the on/off switch into the dust collector. Obviously it is not in a useable form now. I for the life of me cannot find a source for the old yellow half round/circle safety inserts.

    I have two small bench top bandsaws that are Task Force and they are the same yellow on/off key insert.
    Last edited by Jonathan Shively; 09-27-2011 at 04:15 PM.
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    Have you checked www.ereplacementparts.com ?

    I've found quite a bit of stuff I needed there.
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    Jonathan have you got more than one? Can you take a picture of the piece you talking about and post it here?
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    Have you checked www.ereplacementparts.com ?

    I've found quite a bit of stuff I needed there.
    Bill their new switches are not the same. They don't list the old switches there any longer. That is the trouble I am running into.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Jonathan have you got more than one? Can you take a picture of the piece you talking about and post it here?
    Could if I could remember the camera.
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    Sears used to have them. You can also make one from a piece of wood, plastic, or aluminum about an eighth of an inch thick. Just look at one of your good inserts, and make the prongs the same shape.

    Years back, I made one out of some aluminum bar stock, and drilled it for a keychain. It's still in use at my brother-in-law's.
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    Jonathan,

    You can make this a teaching moment.

    Baling wire!

    The same thing happened to my scroll saw when we needed an extra one at school. This is how I fixed it. (I think my farm roots may be showing)



    Ike
    Last edited by Wayne Eikenberry; 09-28-2011 at 01:03 AM.

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    I've made them from a 7/16" crown staple 2" long as a temporary fix till I got a replacement.
    James

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    At this time, it isn't an emergency, once a lathe is running, I can fire up another and with the two bandsaws using the same type of key, I have an extra. I prefer to not show them the shortcuts at this time. I just have run into a dead end trying to purchase them and honestly they should be a common run of the mill item that is available.
    Jon

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    Have you emailed the manufacturer? they may have them tucked away in a warehouse somewhere if they have moved on to a new design thus not showing them on their website any longer.... might be worth a shot.
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    Put in a work order for it and let the school maintence shop find the repair parts. That is how it is done here. If you post a pic of the part and machine Model# I can ask our machinest ( repair guru) if he can find me the part.
    Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS...............

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