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Safety Power Tool Switch

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
  • Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Cancer & Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    4.8 / 5.0
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    Another Safety Switch
    I have these on both my ShopSmith and router table. I think they're great. I'm replacing one I've had for a few years (it stopped working?). The only thing that would make them better is if they'd last longer. They're not cheap but the price is fair and the Maplewood store has them in inventory. The added safety is worth every penny.
    Switch mounted to front of router table.
    Switch mounted to front of router table.
    March 14, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    I like being able to bump the switch with my leg keeping both hands and eyes on the work piece
    I like being able to bump the switch with my leg while keeping my hands and eyes on the work piece.
    I like being able to bump the switch with my leg while keeping my hands and eyes on the work piece.
    March 14, 2019
    1 month ago
    Great switch
    Sturdy and easy to mount. Would be nice if the wires fed out the back of the device instead of the bottom but it is what it is.
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    Added Mar 9, 2019
    March 9, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Power switch
    What can I say? Works great.
    March 4, 2019
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    I use this switch on my router table. It does exactly what it is supposed to do.
    March 2, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Nice safe easy to install
    February 28, 2019
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    One of my best purchases.
    This is the second safety switch I have purchased. It makes my power tools so much easier to use, and the safety from not having to reach back under the cabinets to fish around for a tiny little switch is priceless.
    February 22, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Should have done this a lot sooner.
    Easy to screw onto router table after drilling a couple of holes. No more reaching under the table fumbling around to find the router power switch. Added the convenience and safety I needed.
    February 22, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Makes life at the router table a breeze. Easy to install, the perfect size and works flawlessly.
    February 20, 2019
    1 month ago
    emergency stop
    Had an old style switch which was hart to reach under my saw. I installed the stop switch where it was easy to reach and if need to stop in a hurry it is much easier
    February 14, 2019
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    I bought the router table combination. This will help.
    Ralph J Portillo J on Mar 25, 2019
    For router table, nice switch . i use them on most of my shop equipment already
    Raymond S on Mar 18, 2019
    I bought the router table combination. This will help.
    Ralph J Portillo J on Mar 25, 2019
    To have a easy way to turn off router when I am working with it.
    ROBERT H L on Mar 21, 2019
    For router table, nice switch . i use them on most of my shop equipment already
    Raymond S on Mar 18, 2019
    bought the router table and Triton router package and wanted to be able to control the router from the outside.
    rob_s on Mar 12, 2019
    My table saw’s power switch is difficult to find when I an finished with a cut and the blade is spinning. I think this will be safer
    lori s on Mar 10, 2019
    Need this for safety reasons.
    Stephen M on Mar 8, 2019
    Fits the router table I bought and it a safety item.
    Rick S on Mar 7, 2019
    Need for new table
    THOMAS R on Mar 6, 2019
    Using it for safety purposes on router table.
    Sherree C on Mar 4, 2019
    I have an ancient rockwell tablesaw that needs a new, safer on/off switch.
    James W on Feb 24, 2019
    Router table upgrade
    Katheleen C on Feb 16, 2019
    Router table upgrade.
    Ron K on Feb 14, 2019
    easy on / off for my jessem router tabler
    zach v on Feb 13, 2019
    I had purchased on earlier for my Router Table. I want to put one on my Table Saw and one on my Miter Saw. Will more then likely get a few more.
    Frederick F on Feb 12, 2019
    Any hands off safety switch is always a good choice. You can mount this that you can turn it off with a knee
    Ronda L on Feb 10, 2019
    Router table build
    Jim W on Feb 8, 2019
    Felt this a good safety purchase.
    Timothy F on Feb 5, 2019
    Nothing is worse than blindly reaching under a table to turn a router off in a hurry. Safety items may seem like they cost, but what is a finger worth?
    Robert on Feb 4, 2019
    The paddle switch on a tool stand is preferred when compared to an on-tool rocker switch.
    jerry h on Feb 3, 2019
    Building a custom router table and wanted to use this instead of reaching under the table to turn on the router.
    Craig T on Jan 31, 2019
    Need safety shutoff Switch where I can reach it
    William C on Jan 30, 2019
    For my router stand safety.
    John B on Jan 30, 2019
    I need a new switch for my router table
    Gerald S on Jan 27, 2019
    Wanted the added safety this switch provides
    Armando M on Jan 25, 2019
    Janice D on Jan 25, 2019
    I wanted an easy on off for my router table that put the controls up front.
    Matthew L on Jan 24, 2019
    To make router table safer.
    Mike P on Jan 24, 2019
    Installed the Vega fence and had to remove my old switch.
    Everett on Jan 23, 2019
    for my router table
    C H on Jan 23, 2019
    Ease of use.
    Robert B on Jan 22, 2019
    Replacing the toggle switch on a 1943 Delta Lathe.
    Bill M on Jan 22, 2019
    I can use it on some other machine
    Bob C on Jan 16, 2019
    Building router table
    Tom B on Jan 14, 2019
    need for new router lift
    John M on Jan 14, 2019
    To use on my router table for convenience.
    Tom M on Jan 13, 2019
    For safety and ease of access. The current switch box I use is rusty and mounted under the table..
    JON P on Jan 12, 2019
    Jake K on Jan 10, 2019
    Vast improvement on the old switch on current table saw
    Robert P on Jan 9, 2019
    Recommended by project designers.
    Ernest W on Jan 9, 2019
    need to build a router table and rewire and old lathe that is missing its key.
    Dan C on Jan 8, 2019
    to go with table.
    David M on Jan 8, 2019
    I’m old. Big red stop sign works.
    Gerald R on Jan 3, 2019
    A good option to safely operate my router switch on my router table
    Dan D on Jan 3, 2019
    Excellent price and good reviews
    leon s on Jan 2, 2019
    needed a switch for my router table
    Rick B on Jan 1, 2019
    some tools are hard to reach, so this can be put in an easily reachable area
    michelle r on Jan 1, 2019
    Is a great addition to the Basic Table Kit for controlling the router
    David C on Dec 24, 2018
    Item was recomended by Rockler as a must for safety when operating a router or other power tool when both hand may be holding a work piece.
    RICHARD V on Dec 23, 2018
    Already have one and it works great with another router table
    Ray L on Dec 23, 2018
    so that I don't remove a finger using my bandsaw
    Peter S on Dec 16, 2018
    To have a easy way to turn off router when I am working with it.
    ROBERT H L on Mar 21, 2019
    bought the router table and Triton router package and wanted to be able to control the router from the outside.
    rob_s on Mar 12, 2019
    Is there a PDF of the manual available?
    William K 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
    Safety Power Tool Switch
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    Rockler Router Speed Control
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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.