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When you really need to hit the off switch, will you be able to find it? With a paddle-style safety switch like the one above, you won’t need to waste precious seconds searching — you just bump it with the nearest knee, elbow, or other close body part to turn off the machine.

MLCS sells two different 20A paddle-type off switches. The “Router Table” version costs $30 and includes a male and female plug, while the “Motor” version costs $22 and needs to be hardwired. The switch works with 3-1/4 HP motors or less.

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8 Responses to An Easy-To-Find Off Switch

  1. NickC says:

    you just bump it with the nearest knee, elbow, or other remaining body part…

  2. rg says:

    Nick –

    I think it’ll work with a bloody stump, as well.

  3. Julian Tracy says:

    Get universally crappy reviews as a product that’s not made that well.

    Check on Amazon.


  4. Charles Harris says:

    Is there anything like this out there with a magnetic switch instead?

  5. Ron says:

    I have one mounted on my lathe to control my dust collector, over a year old and no problems.

  6. Adam says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this for a while, my girlfriend’s father got an old old drill press for his birthday and it doesn’t have any kind of switch at all on it. I want to install a switch with an emergency stop… just in case.

    The man’s already down to 9.5 fingers, he can’t afford to lose any more.

  7. There’s a standard kind of industrial emergency-stop switch that you activate by smacking it, but can only DE-activate by turning it. They’re easy to find and not very expensive:
    http://bit.ly/mOoT7R (eBay search)

  8. Canidae says:

    …..Or make the “ON” switch a toggle

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