|Homemade safety switch
switch on my Delta Contractor Saw. It was hard to operate and
difficult to find in a hurry. I wanted something I could easily turn of
(preferrably with my knee) and I did NOT want to spend $50 that Delta
charges for one.
My fix was an outdoor electrical box and an ordinary household
rocker-style lightswitch. I think the pair set me back less than $10.
Glue a small block of wood under the cover over the off
side of the switch so that
pressing the cover will turn the switch off. I painted it red to make
it easier to see. It is a bit of a pain to reach underneath to
turn it on, but it's easier if the on
side of the switch is down
Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the change. Unfortunately, I
may need to change it when I rewire the motor for 220V. BTW, some
people claim that a household lightswitch will not handle the inductive
load of a large motor well...they say the switch will burn out...or
short-circuit in the on
position. This could be very dangerous...but I am skeptical. Only time
will tell, I guess.