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Safety Power Tool Switch

No need to panic with our hands-free panic button.
Item #
20915
Rating:
96% of 100

Just bump the "Stop Paddle" to quickly shut off power. Large, bright paddle is easy to find when you're in a tight spot. Locate it near your hip or knee and you'll never have to take your hands off the workpiece. Great for use with router tables or any workbench where you use a stationary power tool.


Features:
  • Mounts to Rockler steel shop stands or any other surface with screws
  • Heavy-duty 15 amp switch
  • Sturdy construction takes the hits and keeps on ticking
(1) Safety Power Tool Switch w/7' and 2' Power Cords
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 2.0500
Tech Spec
  • Switch is not magnetic
  • Grounded Cord Length: 7'
  • Female Cord Length: 2'
  • 15 Amps / 110 Volts - not designed for higher voltage use
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Compatible with soft-start routers
  • 4.8 / 5.0
    714 Reviews
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    safe control
    I move my power tools around in my shop with limited power access. The switch goes with the power extension cord and clamps to the tool being used.
    June 4, 2020
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Great safety feature
    A little spendy for what it is but a necessary safety item for a router. I integrated it into my paulk workbench with a walnut spar.
    Protrudes the bench face a little.  Not original goal but preferred now.  Easier to locate by touch.
    Yes rounding edges and counterboring nuts is overkill.  What can I say, 'tis my style.
    Looks and functions killer.
    June 4, 2020
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    Great, easy to use and install stop switch
    I've used this now for a couple of months. I found it very easy to install on my home DIY table saw and love its convenience of operation and size. Would not change a thing.
    June 3, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Great safety addition.
    when I added extension tables to my band saw, I couldn't safely reach the factory switch on the rear post.I mounted this switch on the front, and now it also controls the table light, giving visual reminder when ear protection keeps me from hearing the saw running.
    June 2, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Love this! Get one.
    You definitely need one of these for your router table. It works wonders for me. I've had it for years and it works very well for me.
    June 2, 2020
    Purchased
    over 4 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    works well, easy to install
    works well, easy to install
    May 31, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Very pleased
    My husband is very happy with this.
    May 29, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Safety switch
    Perfect fit for my home built router table. It adds the necessary safety i wanted. I can hit the stop paddle with my knee and keep my hands safely on the work piece.
    Out of the way yet accessible
    In this position I can trip it with my knee if necessary
    It fits just inside the table overhang so it don't catch on anything
    May 27, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Big safe red button!
    Very well constructed and functions as intended. I like that it is just plug and play and no wiring needed.
    May 27, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Works well
    The switch makes switching my router on & off much more convenient. I like that it takes the cord from my router without having to cut off the plug and hard-wire it into the switch.
    Makes switching my router on & off much more convenient.
    Makes switching my router on & off much more convenient.
    May 26, 2020
    Purchased
    2 months ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    Wanted something that is easy to turn off in an emergency
    Ralph R on Jun 4, 2020
    The ability to turn off the router hands free.
    Mark on Jun 3, 2020
    Wanted something that is easy to turn off in an emergency
    Ralph R on Jun 4, 2020
    Need this when I install the Dust Right Dust bucket to make turning on/off much easier.
    David M on Jun 4, 2020
    The ability to turn off the router hands free.
    Mark on Jun 3, 2020
    safety reasons
    Florian T on May 31, 2020
    As an accessory to Rockler Promax cast iron router table
    Subodh J on May 30, 2020
    I can plug my router into it so I won't have cut off the plug.
    Marty N on May 30, 2020
    use for router table
    Sean B on May 27, 2020
    To safely shut down my router table
    Charles G on May 26, 2020
    Building new router table
    Pat on May 26, 2020
    For my saw table enlargement.
    Harold on May 25, 2020
    The power switch is too difficult to reach in an emergency.
    Mike S on May 22, 2020
    Need to replace my table saw switch and this looks like a good fit.
    Scott V on May 17, 2020
    for my router table I'm building
    Harley M on May 17, 2020
    Good safe addition to my table
    B R on May 13, 2020
    To have better safety features
    JOE B on May 13, 2020
    Finally, a switch for the dust collector I will be able to reach.
    Paul S on May 10, 2020
    Upgrading table saw.
    Harry N on May 8, 2020
    The switch on my table saw is a one finger on and off switch,and it isn't easy to find when you need to shut it off. It is a safety matter for me.
    Pat on May 8, 2020
    Central Power Control
    Henry S on May 6, 2020
    Built my own router table and wanted a safety switch.
    Jerry L on Apr 30, 2020
    replace to 14" bandsaw
    Thomas Inouye O on Apr 30, 2020
    Safety
    Andy D on Apr 29, 2020
    Have ordered these before. I put them on all my shop power tools. Excellent safety switch!
    Russell S on Apr 26, 2020
    Looks easy to use.
    MARK D on Apr 26, 2020
    Want to most safely utilize my new router in a router table. Had good experience with similar project I added to my table saw.
    Thomas S on Apr 25, 2020
    Great way to add a second layer of safety for my power tools with little ones around
    Justin K on Apr 24, 2020
    I love the easiest way to add a bit is safety to my shop.
    John J on Apr 23, 2020
    Needed a better way to turn the router off and on with new router table set-up, really like the big STOP !!
    Don O on Apr 22, 2020
    I inset a small Dewalt contractor saw into a large workbench. After adding a Besemeyer fence it works like a large cabinet saw but I have to reach way underneath to turn it on and off.
    Gary B on Apr 20, 2020
    I needed a way to safely power on/off the router table without sacrificing fingers.
    James H on Apr 20, 2020
    Made a cabinet for my router table and the old switch would no longer fit without modifications so purchased this one which is safer anyway. So Safety would be the #1 answer.
    BobinNC on Apr 20, 2020
    recommended by employee of Burnsville Rockler's store for Rockler roouter table
    Dennis M on Apr 20, 2020
    I needed to replace a switch on a 55 year old Craftsman wood lathe & create a more convenient switching situation for a Dewalt bench grinder.
    Cindy on Apr 19, 2020
    i installed one of these switches on my router table it works great . this one will go on my table saw to replace the original switch much safe .
    timothy j on Apr 18, 2020
    Safety. This will replace the switch that came with the Craftsman table saw purchased 30 years ago.
    BOB M. on Apr 18, 2020
    My old power switch failed to turn on after a few years of use. I use it quite often while working with my table saw and band saw.
    Joseph B on Apr 18, 2020
    Need this for my brand new router table. :-)
    Jarrod C on Apr 18, 2020
    Simply have to be able to stop power tools quickly and easily......
    Curt S on Apr 17, 2020
    My old Craftsman contractor table saw has a small switch, so I wanted a safer option. Bought two so I could add one to a router table I'm planning on building soon.
    Derek S on Apr 16, 2020
    last addition to my router table. YAY!
    Wally G on Apr 16, 2020
    I bought 2 of these, one for my 14" band saw and one for my table saw. Both could use a boost in safe operations. Excellent idea.
    Wayne D on Apr 16, 2020
    Different question? I thought shipping is free from e-mail order over 36.00
    James V on Apr 15, 2020
    Saw a similar switch in a Fine Woodworking video and need it to replace a toggle switch on my old Delta Contractor table saw.
    Richard S on Apr 15, 2020
    add to my router table to make startups easiers
    phillip a on Apr 15, 2020
    To go along with a router stand I purchased some time ago.
    R. Wayne A on Apr 14, 2020
    New router table
    John S on Apr 13, 2020
    Router is under my table saw extension and I'm tired of bending over and trying to find the little switch. And when you need to turn the router off fast this is the best and safest option.
    Steven M on Apr 12, 2020
    Additional safety
    Alexandra N on Apr 12, 2020
    On sale
    Teresa H on Apr 10, 2020
    Upgrading my shop for safety
    Tag P on Apr 10, 2020
    Need this when I install the Dust Right Dust bucket to make turning on/off much easier.
    David M on Jun 4, 2020
    safety reasons
    Florian T on May 31, 2020
    Is there a PDF of the manual available?
    AngelArs on May 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I don't believe a PDF is available. This unit is sealed has no serviceable parts. As another answer states you plug it in and plug the tool into it and you are set. Don't consider wiring this into your machine. Use the plugs as it comes and as the manufacturer means it to be used. If you need to wire in a switch this one is not for you.
    will this work for a craftsman/sear 1950s table saw?
    jon b on Jan 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, but some work would be involved. If the saw is wired for 120 then there is no problem. However, you would need to rewire the saw to bypass the current on/off switch. If you do that, then simply plug the saw into this switch and it will provide control. You could, however, simply always leave the current switch in the "on" position and that would work also. The only other question deals with mounting this in a convenient location where the switch paddle would be easily accessible. Ideally this switch is mounted where you can easily hit the off paddle, and usually that's in a place where you could press it using your knee or hip or whatever, not just your hand, so a good mounting position might be difficult.
    I plan on using this switch on a router table with a Porter Cable 75182 router motor. The specs on the motor say up to 3 1/4 hp 15amp.
    anyone else use this combo? Any problems?
    Tom F on Jan 3, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: You should not use this switch on any table saw, router or other tool where a cutter is engaging the work piece at high speed. If there is a power failure and subsequent quick power restoration you will be in big trouble. These types of tools must use a magnetic switch or "mag switch". With a mag switch if power is lost the switch will keep power off until you manually turn on the switch again. This gives you time to safely reposition the work piece before restoring power.
    Does this switch support the variable speed dial on a router, or do you need to install a separate control?
    nick J on Jan 16, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: This switch only turns the router on and off and will allow you to use the variable speed control as before and give full control of the speed the router.
    If you are using a tool that is plugged into the Safety Power Tool Switch and we loose power to the building, will the tool come on when the power to the building is restored?
    Michael on Nov 13, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: This is a mechanical switch.If it is in the on position it will remain there until it is manually pushed to the off postion.A MAGNETIC switch is latched by an electro magnet,If power is lost the magnet is deenergised and the switch drops to the off postion and will remain there until power is restored and the switch is manually placed in the on position.
    Is there a 220 VAC model 20 amp.?
    David on Jul 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Sorry, no.
    Does it have a receptacle I can plug my router into?
    William O on Jan 24, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, that's the whole point and it's how I use it. You plug your router into it, then turn the router on; then you plug the paddle switch into a receptacle and whenever you are ready to route something, you simply push the START button; switching off - push the big red paddle - easy/peasy.
    Would it be able to plug 2 things in with this switch? I am looking to build a router table that will include an attached shop vac to help with the debris. Would be really nice to turn on 1 power button and shut it off at the same time. Since I intend to use both at the same time every time
    I use it.
    Aaron E on Apr 24, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hello Aaron
    With this switch there is only one outlet. But you can add a Adapter to the single switch outlet, This will let you plug your router and your work light or vac. in the same switch outlet. Yes the switch will work just fine.
    Laura
    Would this work on a 15 amp Rigid job site table saw?
    ofstedld on Mar 14, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. I believe it would be just fine. You would probably trip a breaker rather than do any damage to saw or this switch. It is robust and rated for 15 amp.
    Can I use this with the Safety Tool Power Switch (Item#: 20915)?
    adam g on Feb 18, 2019
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    BEST ANSWER: Yes , I did. However the speed control did not work with my router which was a bummer. Double check it will work with your router before you spend the money on it.
    Can I use this switch for my table saw that is wired for 220?
    P A on Apr 13, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No. The product spec says the following "15 Amps / 110 Volts - not designed for higher voltage use"
    will this switch work with a Triton router?
    Thomas G on Oct 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I have the same switch and it works fine with my 110 volt router. It is much easier to get to rather than the on-off switch located on the router.
    Can this switch be mounted in an existing electrical box built into a router table. I am basically replacing a switch with this?
    Ed R on Dec 7, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: no, would not fit in existing electrical box. Male and female plug ends are on a cord that would not fit through cable slots on existing box.
    Does the switch plug into the router, I don't think my router has a receptacle?
    A shopper on May 11, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Plug your router into the switch, and leave the router switch in the "ON" position. Now you can mount the switch in a convenient place where you can turn your router on and off easily.
    Does the stop switch have one outlet plug or two? I’d like to be able to turn router and vac on/off at same time
    Dawn B on Apr 17, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: it only has one female plug. I would suggest adding a small power strip if you want to turn off two tools at once.

    Personally, I like to run the vacuums a bit longer then the router or table saw to get the last little bits of scrap. I have a switch for each.
    What gauge are the cords?
    Indywar I on Jan 8, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: It appears to be 14-gauge wire.
    Can the big red stop paddle on the switch be removed?
    larry on Mar 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes it pops off easily. Underneath is a small red "stop" button the size of the green "on" button.
    Will this work on a 220v jointer?
    Jason L on Feb 3, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: No it won't Jason. The current rating isn't appropriate and the supplied plugs are for 110v applications only.
    Does it also works on 220Volts? Noob question:-)
    Victor T on Nov 20, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The switch will handle 10A @ 220 V but the cord that comes with it is fitted with 115 standard U-ground plugs.
    If the router switch is on, and the Start has been pushed on the Safety Power Tool Switch prior to plugging into the wall outlet will the router start when plugged in? Or, must the Start switch be pushed after plugging into the wall outlet? In other words: Does it have an electro-magnetic hold/release on the Start switch?
    Armand on Sep 20, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The switch is electro mechanical. This means that if the device is not plugged in, it is possible to activate the Start button into the 'on' position such that the router will start when you plug it in. Also, if you pull the plug on the router with the Safety Switch in the Start position, it does not reset the switch and the router will start up when you plug the Safety Switch back in. Of course, you should always avoid turning a tool off by pulling the plug.
    Can this switch be used as a starter (on/off switch + electrical protection)?
    Jon B on Sep 2, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes for on/off switch and no for electrical protection, meaning to function as an overload breaker. The electrical protection is passive, meaning it provides adequate protection from shock, but there is no automatic breaker function included.
    I have a Nova Lathe and to turn the lathe on and off I have to reach over or around the spinning project. Will this switch handle the amps?
    Pete F on Aug 1, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I use this for that very same purpose. Mounted the switch to a piece of wood them placed some rare earth magnets on the wood so that it is completely portable and even moveable to different tools. I also added a short length of safety chain so that if I accidentally bump it off it won't fall to the concrete floor and risk being damaged as I have done that in the past..
    I have a router with a soft start. Will this switch work with it? I've seen some that won't.
    Mark M on May 25, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Shouldn't be a problem. My DeWalt 618 soft start works just fine with the paddle switch. It is much safer than reaching blindly under the router table.
    Replacing paddle switch on table saw Can this be hard wired?
    A shopper on May 22, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Short answer: Yes. First, I'm going to assume you or someone has the necessary electrical skills to do it. Now, it will require some modification, and that will likely void the warranty. I don't know if that matters to you, but it's something to consider. I made changes to mine, namely cutting off the cord ends so I could integrate it into the existing table. For me, a former contractor, that was no big deal...just doing. I wouldn't modify the mechanism itself...since it's primarily a safety item in the first place, but exchanging the cord ends for some other arrangement certainly isn't that big a deal.
    would this switch work on Delta model 31-250 belt sander?
    WACHI G on Apr 10, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: I would say yes. I have two. One on my table saw. The other on my router table. I placed the box at knee level so that I can nudge the paddle with my knee and safely turn power off without taking my eyes or hands off of the project. Well worth the money!
    Can you plug the router into the switch and then the safety switch into the wall?
    Gary on Dec 28, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is the way it is designed. Also, the switch has a nice long cord to plug into the wall. I am very pleased with it's operation.
    Dan
    Does the power tool (saw, router, etc.) plug into the safety switch? Or must it be "hardwired"?
    Joel on Sep 7, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: You plug in. It is not hardwired.
    Will this work for a Triton 15A TRA001 Plunge Router?
    Henry S on Aug 20, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Really designed to mount on table leg. Just plug anything into outlet and will shut off when you hit stop
    Will this handle 115V @ 1.8A? Old (1951) Unisaw 1 phase 1hp motor.
    Tony G on Nov 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes I believe it will I use it on my old Craftsman table saw and it works great and adds safety to your saw I highly recommend this switch
    can this switch be retrofitted onto a Jet cabinetmakers tablesaw? it currently has a typical green over red button box similar, if not the same, as shown in the picture of your switch.
    pete l on Oct 19, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Take a good look at your existing switch cover. If it comes off with two screws, without removing the actual switch, replace your cover with this one and you will have the safety stop paddle.
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