Table Saw Paddle Switch
There is a new word in my shop we don’t say anymore. It’s a brand name “D****” Let me tell you a small story. I had this really cool idea for a three sided poster. Have you ever seen those billboards that have three pictures on it that rotate out every minute or so. I wanted to do this idea with three posters. I Sketched it out in sketchUp and it required sixteen perfect triangles staves. Well if you have ever tried to cut triangle staves using a table saw you would know this is not a easy task to do. The required sixty degree angle cuts are tricky to get right and be consistent through out the entire length. What does this have to do with the table saw switch? While working with the staves the picture below is what I was going for. The cut was just to unsafe for me. My fingers was just to close to the blade and I even had to stop the saw in the middle of the cut several time. I tell this story, to tell this one. After scrapping the poster idea for now. I moved on to another project. The next day I started a new project. I setup for my first cut of the day. I turned the saw on and made my cut, I went to turn off the saw at the switch and nothing. The saw did not turn off. I ended up having to unplug the saw to turn it off. The first thing I think of is one of the cut from the day before where I had to cut the saw off in the middle of the cut. SCARY THOUGHT, RIGHT!!!
So, I called “D****” Told them the switch is broke and told them this story. I also told them that they should replace this switch do to safety reasons. They got some information from me a said the switch was not under warranty. I tried to explain I don’t care about the warranty This was a safety feature of the saw it should never go bad. The rep said “If you would have bought a Powermatic Saw or a Jet Saw you wouldn’t have this problem because those switches that come with the better saws are better” That one statement from this guy made me flip. I of course said “because I can’t afford a $2,000 saw, I have to risk my safety?” The rep replied “Yes.” I hung up the phone went to Amazon and got me a new Paddle switch. While I was there I got two one for my router lift table as well. Lets install this switch.