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Safety Power Tool Switch

No need to panic with our hands-free panic button.
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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.

  • 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
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    Safety Power Switch
    Works great. Easy to see and use. Every shop should have at least one.
    November 25, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Stop switch
    Attached the unit to my router table and it works great! The ease of use and the ability to shut down the router quickly is a great feature.
    November 21, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    works great!
    It is a great product. Easy to install, easy to use (with router table), love it!
    November 12, 2019
    11 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    This switch is everything I hoped for and more. I only wish that I had bought two.
    October 26, 2019
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works as intended
    Works as intended. A little large but thats okay. I didnt see before I purchased this that there is another version for directly hardwiring to a motor that handles 20 amps i believe, which I might have preferred but now I can take this and use it on another tool in the future if need be.
    Motor wasn't on here but but I mounted the switch and made a cord wrap too
    Motor wasn't on here but but I mounted the switch and made a cord wrap too
    October 12, 2019
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    good safety
    October 2, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works great attached to my table saw easy to reach down and tap the stop button you can even have it with your knee
    September 30, 2019
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Perfect solution for me.
    Great addition to the router I mounted under my saw table. No more fumbling blindly for the router mounted switch. I could have used a handi box and wall switch, but this was easy to mount and easier to find and use without looking. It's a plug in unit and took less than 2 minutes to install.
    September 17, 2019
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Large, easy to get to, easy to install. Cetainliy improves safety as the seitch on my table saw was located on the right and could not be relocated.
    September 16, 2019
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Awesome I love it.
    September 14, 2019
    3 months ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    For safe operation of new shop made router table.
    Robert B on Dec 3, 2019
    Safety and convenience.
    Terry T on Nov 22, 2019
    For safe operation of new shop made router table.
    Robert B on Dec 3, 2019
    Easier access
    Richard D H on Dec 2, 2019
    Safety and convenience.
    Terry T on Nov 22, 2019
    Ease of use and safety
    Rebecca c on Nov 8, 2019
    best safety switch for router table
    GREGORY B on Nov 7, 2019
    Added safety, keep the hands on the work allowing shut-off with a bump of the knee
    s c on Nov 4, 2019
    Ease of use and safety
    Robert S on Oct 27, 2019
    Good safety measure for my Rockler router table.
    William H on Oct 25, 2019
    Sean S on Oct 20, 2019
    nice power switch you can never be to careful
    charlie on Oct 19, 2019
    Purchased the CI bench dog router table extension for my table saw and needed a good switch and didn’t want to use a light switch
    Jeff J on Oct 10, 2019
    We just purchased the router with the steel bench and will make it easier to be able to start and stop it. Maybe it should be something that could be offered with the router combo?
    Linda S on Sep 29, 2019
    I just bought a router table and a router lift, and I rally think this power switch should be a standard part of that package and should have been included. I consider it a must.
    STEVE S on Sep 25, 2019
    A "Must Have" for any router table. Seems to me it should come with the Table.
    Michael S on Sep 19, 2019
    I needed these parts to complete my router table.
    Lloyd H on Sep 11, 2019
    The Safety of it.
    Donald S on Aug 29, 2019
    More convenient than using the switch on the router and a safety feature in an emergency.
    Robert S on Aug 28, 2019
    I once fumbled to find the OFF switch on my table saw. Never again.
    CHRIS L on Aug 25, 2019
    on sale
    robert c on Aug 24, 2019
    willuse to power on / off power tools and vacuum at the same time.
    Antonio V on Aug 21, 2019
    Needed item for my Router table
    Bob B on Aug 20, 2019
    Quick to find if emergency and easy to operate, don't need to be reaching blindly for off and on switch on my router.
    Ricardo S on Aug 17, 2019
    Tool safety
    Robert P on Aug 10, 2019
    more safety
    Rich on Aug 9, 2019
    To set up a safety connect on a power tool with a vacuum.
    C G B on Aug 6, 2019
    Needed to upgrade OEM switch for safety.
    David P on Aug 4, 2019
    upgrade the toggle switch on my contractor saw.
    Stephan W on Aug 4, 2019
    building a router table/cabinet
    Cob on Aug 2, 2019
    For SAFETY.
    mike s on Aug 2, 2019
    I have a used scroll saw I am putting together and this looked like a great switch for it
    Warren K on Aug 1, 2019
    to go with my new table and on sale
    john h on Jul 26, 2019
    Can't have a router table without a safety switch.
    Jay B on Jul 26, 2019
    I have already gotten one for my older joiner that did not have any kind of on-off switch, it just plugged in. This switch works very well and adds to the safety of the machine.
    Gregory H on Jul 20, 2019
    I need for an old band saw I am rehabilitating.
    Stacy H on Jul 17, 2019
    Safety! Factory switches can be difficult to reach or activate even in normal operation.
    Patrick M on Jul 15, 2019
    Have a rocker cast router table on my table saw so not having this is a hassle. It will make it safer as well.
    MICHAEL R. on Jul 10, 2019
    building a router table extension for my table saw
    Walter Widdis A on Jul 10, 2019
    Not having to read under to turn on and off the router is something I just never got around to doing before. I waited long enough.
    Glen D on Jul 9, 2019
    Easier to get to.
    Stephen E on Jul 8, 2019
    I needed this for my router that I mounted to my table saw extension wing .
    Crosseyed Ferret on Jul 7, 2019
    I'm not sure how I'm going to incorporate this yet, but I bought it because I can control two items at the same time ... if the surge doesn't trip the circuit breaker in the house.
    Ken . on Jul 5, 2019
    I purchased this for additional safety in the shop
    Norm on Jul 1, 2019
    new router table
    Scott D on Jun 21, 2019
    Because I need it!
    Stephen G on Jun 18, 2019
    I feel it will serve the purpose.
    Sherry E on Jun 3, 2019
    To update the on/off switch on my table saw.
    Michael A on May 27, 2019
    Already have one on my router table and like it a lot. Adding one to my table saw.
    Norm and Alice M on May 27, 2019
    SAFETY versus fumbling around looking for the shut off switch when something begins to go wrong on the equipment
    JOHN T on May 26, 2019
    Free shipping
    GEORGE T on May 25, 2019
    Plug one cord into a below table router motor and one cord into an outlet. Turn router motor on and then control router motor on or off by this switch. No longer have to reach under router table to switch router on --- this switch will be mounted on the outside of the router cabinet and used to switch the router on/off.
    LARRY W on May 22, 2019
    Easier access
    Richard D H on Dec 2, 2019
    Ease of use and safety
    Rebecca c on Nov 8, 2019
    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.
    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.
    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: I use that motor with the switch. Works great. No problems.
    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.
    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: I would say no because you would need 10 gauge wire to run 220 volts and this switch is wired with 12 gauge wire at the most. I don't see the wire but I know what a extra heavy duty cord feels like and this isn't it.
    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.
    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.
    Can you plug the router into the switch and then the safety switch into the wall?
    Gary K 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.
    Does the power tool (saw, router, etc.) plug into the safety switch? Or must it be "hardwired"?
    Paula S 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.
    info says something about 120 volts, will it handal 110 volts ?
    david g on Jan 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Well I wish I could respond with "220, 221... what ever it takes" :) but that would be misleading. But to answer the question, yes. Agree Robert and Randall.
    can this be mounted to any power tool?
    A shopper on May 24, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes as long as you can find an appropriate place. You need to drill holes in your equipment to match the top and bottom mounting flanges. Then find suitable screws or bolts to hold it securely.
    Is the internal switch single or double pole?
    eastexascowboy on Dec 31, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Single pole (when switch is closed then power flows to the tool and when open there is no power flowing).
    Has anyone mounted this on the rockler basic router table?
    Daniel P. V on Jul 30, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes; it works as advertised. I’m glad that I added this and can turn off the router with my knee if needed while keeping my attention on the workpiece.
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