No more stepping on or tripping over cords, or wondering if a tool is plugged in or not, the Magnetic Cord Keeper has a 5/16" opening that holds a standard-thickness power cord and keeps it right where you can see it. The built-in rare earth magnet is extremely strong and adheres to any ferrous metal surface, keeping your cords at a manageable height. Holds up the cords on your table saw, scroll saw, band saw, or use one to keep a pencil handy! Measures 1-1/2" in diameter and 7/8" thick.
Keeps cords off the floor and out of the way
Stop bending over, the Magnetic Cord Keeper keeps cords at a manageable height
Rare earth magnet strongly adheres to any ferrous metal surface
Ideal for table saw, scroll saw, and band saw cords
These cord keepers work great. I installed them on my table saw, band saw, jointer, and router table. They keep the cords off the shop floor and prevent the plugs from getting bent by stepping on them.
one of my grandsons went into the garage ( he knows not to, but he's six) and hit the starter on the table saw, I now unplug everything.. it only takes a second for a kid to get into things as we all know. nothing happened, and these magnetic holders keep the plugs right by the outlet.
While certainly not a necessity in my shop, these little magnet things help to keep my cords off the floor. In my small shop, a lot of my tools are on mobile bases, so it's nice to have the plug ends off the floor where they might get stepped on and bent/damaged. With the little magnet things, my cords are safe and I won't be tripping on them either!
I liked the Cord Keepers the first time I saw them. The only downside is that I don't unplug my tools very often. The big upside is the cord keepers will also hold a pencil. I have two of these. One keeps a pencil at my drill press and on keeps a pencil at my Miter Saw. If I ever need them by my tool to hold a cord they are easy enough to move. Very handy.
I have several of these holders. It is difficult to attach to a cord, but once on, works great. I can't keep a pencil within eye shot for more than 10 seconds. I now have pencils on all my machines thanks to magnets. For one purpose or the other,they work! I like them.
These do require a bit of work to install, but they work very well. My shop is a mobile shop, bandsaw, jointer, bench and planer are on mobile bases. I use these to keep the cords from falling on the floor and getting the cord or plug damaged. I used a twist and push approach method to install these and it worked without using heat. this keeps them from sliding around on the cord. They fit on all of my tool's power cords so I'm not sure what cords other people have that they won't fit. The magnets are strong and the protected cover doesn't cause and damage to the tools.
At first I was irritated that it didnt fit on any of my cords except for the 2 prong battery recharger. I even went so far as to fill out the return paperwork. Then while typing up a 2 star review I read the other reviews. George from GA nailed it right on the head, heat the Cord Keepers up. I used a heat gun for a few seconds and it did the trick. I guess it is a minor trade off to be able to hold a chuck key or a 10 gauge cord. It might seem like too much effort but once it is on the cord, I don't plan to move it... ever... so the Magnetic Cord Keeper gets a come from behind 5 stars.
Works as advertised. When the black rubber is cool it can be somewhat hard, making it difficult to insert the cord. Here's a tip: place the holder in front of a shop heater for a minute. Once it warms up, the rubber will become pliable and the cord will go in without any fuss.
The opening is too narrow for most power tool cords. To correct, I inserted a 1/4 dowel into the holder and used a chisel to widen the opening. Needed about a 1/16th inch on both sides. Works great now!
It's true that they are too small but all you have to do is trim !/16 an inch off each hook and they will accommodate a 12 Ga. cord and still hold it securely. Smaller cords fit fine. The should make a larger size though for larger cords.
Although these aren't an essential workshop item they are great for those of us who are anal! They do what they say they'll do. As others have said, heat from a hair blower will enable you to get 240 volt cables inserted so they're quite versatile.
If you're obsessed with perfection these are for you!
Great idea but difficult to attach on larger tool cords
I really like the idea and have been able to make them work. It is a definite challenge putting on the power cord for the larger tool cords (scroll saw, drill press, etc.). I would still recommend purchasing these but only if you are mechanically inclined with strong hands (or know someone who is).
I bought several of these to secure power cords for my table saw, band saw, jointer, etc. You just about need the strength of Hercules to get it onto a heavy duty cord. I was able to do so by pulling the edges of the plastic lips back while simultaneously pushing the magnet against the cord, but it was a huge struggle. Obviously, these were meant to remain on the cord. I wish I had seen the tip about heating the plastic up to soften it. The job would have been much easier that way. Once installed, though, these magnets work well. And I like the plastic coating on them that keeps from scratching metal surfaces. They do what they're intended to do.
I have a small shop and everything is on wheels. When I need to use a machine, I need to wheel it out, use it, and wheel it back. I thought the Cord Keeper would be great way to keep the cords off the ground away from potential damage while in transit. While they work great on small cords, they do not fit cords for my planer, jointer, drill press. etc. I use them on the cord to my bandsaw light, and to hold pencils at each machine. Great idea, just needs to be redesigned to fit shop cords, or come out with a larger model.Editor's note: Cord is suppose to be tight when using this holder, and depending on the diameter of the cord may have to be twisted into place to be secured. The idea is for the holder to stay with the cord. It is also made with a 3/4" rare earth magnet installed for maximum strength to metal surfaces. Yes, it does hold most pencils and chuck keys also, but its primary design was for cords
After reading some of the negative reviews I decided to give these a shot anyway. I don' know what kind of cord the 5 star reviewers are using this on but it didn't fit any cord that I have in my shop. I tried it on a Jet bench top drill press, a Bosch router table, a Porter Cable bench top jointer, a DeWalt saw table ( get the idea here). It does do a good job holding a pencil and a drill press key (Jet drill press has a drill press key holder built in). I guess I'll find some use for them, just not what I had in mind
A good idea if the magnets were stronger and the groove for the cords were larger. The cord size of most stationery machinery will not fit in the groove and the magnets will only support the weight of lightweight extension cord.
I fave these two stars because they are likely great for the tiniest of electrical cords but nothing in my small hobby woodworking shop has a cord that would fit. It does hold a pencil tightly so they will get some use. A version large enough to hold an average 110 volt power tool cord would be purchased in vast numbers as every tool could use one.
The catalog description says they hold "a standard-thickness power cord..." Well, I'm not sure what you consider a "standard-thickness power cord," but it was a battle to get each one to accept the cord on my Grizzly drill press, Craftsman table saw and radial arm saw. I finally had to cut the holder down with a knife to get the cords in. A waste of money, if you ask me.
All of the power cords on my machines are too large to fit into these units. My cords are pretty standard size for <15 amp type machines. The diameter of the cord keeper cradle is just too narrow and the rubber is too stiff to allow any "give".