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I was browsing Craigslist and bumped into this paddle switch. Anyone ever had one or seen one? If so, was the switch the same or similar to the paddle switches being offered by Woodstock, Power Tech, or Rockler with just an oversized paddle?

The posting called it a "REITech emergency shutoff switch"



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Careful. If you bump into it hard enough CL will shut off.....
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Careful. If you bump into it hard enough CL will shut off.....
Maybe the entire eastern seaboard...
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What I hate is cutting a 4x8 sheet and accidentally hit the thing and turn the saw off and then have to do circus tricks to get the saw back on. I can't remember ever having an emergency where a switch like that would help.
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I use the Rockler switches on my router table.
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the Delta contractor saw has a nice paddle switch - it's on the left side of the frame.
if I stand clear of the blade 'kickback you into next week' path, I can paddle it off with my left thigh. pretty convenient when you've got your hands occupied holding things until the blade spins down....

my Grizzly band saw has the most obnoxious hard to push on hard to push off button switch.
replacing it with a paddle is on my list . . .
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My reason for the post wasn't that I wanted to get one as I got what I needed from the standard offerings in the last year or so. It just seemed so different it made me curious, especially with the fact that the seller made a point of mentioning it.
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Here is my shop made paddle switch.
I modified it, by removing the bolt that links the paddle to the slide, so you can't turn on the saw with the paddle. A small knob on the end of the slide, now pulls the slide out to turn saw on.
Kind of a Rube, but it has worked fine for 8+ years, with a 110 volt Unisaw. The switch is a 20 amp wall toggle switch. Actually 2 switches. I installed out of phase, so it turns off the shop fan as the saw turns on. 1 circuit shop back then.
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I just recently put one on my router table, really didn't expect it to be as big as it is when I ordered it!
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I think I'm going to make or get one for my router table (in ts ext.) Many times when wanting to turn off the router I push my knee forward, as if it was the ts.
Hitting the paddle becomes automatic, when the cut is done. I's a nice safety feature, not having to move your hands. Especially with a stopped cut.
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I use the 220 volt paddle switch from Grizzly on several machines. Even the 110 volt machines. I figure if I burn the contacts out on one side, I can change to the other side and never have to leave the shop for a new switch. They have to be mounted in a double box with a plaster ring to get clearance around the switch body.
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