RE: [sawsmith] Owned Sawsmith for 1 year.
- Another way to go on the switch if someone is abandoning the original and
not replacing it is a push button affair from Woodworker's Supply. I also
have a DeWalt GS from the early '40's and the previous owner had mounted an
electrical utility box (the ones with the rounded corners) on top of the
original switch box and into that mounted a common light switch to start and
shut off the saw. I didn't like this and I think with a little more effort
I can find something to replace the original. But in the meantime I'm using
the switch from Woodworker's Supply. Here's the URL:
This is not a motor starter or a magnetic switch but rather a simple push
button contactor setup. It comes with a plastic box for mounting and
includes strain reliefs. We do quite a bit of business with Grainger and
they had several switches that would suffice including some motor starters.
But I didn't want to spend that much money so I thought this was a cost
effective alternative. It's working well for me. Just another suggestion
on the switch issue.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf
Of Bill Leslie
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2005 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: [sawsmith] Owned Sawsmith for 1 year.
You'll find my name back in the users' group listed as an original owner of
a Sawsmith. Before I gave up on the original switch location and
configuration, I'd check with Grainger (www.grainger.com) to see if they
have, or can order a suitable replacement for the original. If you're
fortunate enough to live near a Grainger Store (as I am), I'd take the
switch out and take it to the store to enlist their help. Their catalog
lists a similar switch on page 413, part number 6HK27, which appears to be
adaptable. Theirs is in a case, and I guess it would depend on how the
switch mechanism is nounted in the case. If that doesn't work, there are
seven pages of switches for various applications in the catalog. I haven't
checked their web site, but have to think something similar is located
there. Hope this helps! Bill