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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
    654 Reviews
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    Nice quality
    Just started using it, but it looks like a sound product that should give years of service.
    March 30, 2020
    Purchased
    4 weeks ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Great addition to my router table
    Very pleased with this product. Makes a huge difference not having to reach under the table to shut off the router. Worth every penny. Had if for over a year and still glad I have it.
    March 25, 2020
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    very safe product
    Installed the switch on my tavble saw when the original switch finally wore out. Very happy with the big shutoff button.
    March 25, 2020
    Purchased
    over 4 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Nice replacement
    Nice switch. Have one on my router table as well. It’s been working well for at least 5 years now.
    Restoration of a 1950s delta 12” disc sander. Oem switch was gone so I used the Rockler.
    Delta base with paddle switch.
    March 25, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Safe use of Lathe
    No longer have to reach over myself to switch the lathe off, large paddle switch mounted on rare earth magnets means i can have this where i need it.
    March 24, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Worth every penny
    Great addition to my craftsman contractor saw
    March 24, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Switch
    Quality product. It has a nice big paddle that you can hit with your knee to turn your equipment off.
    March 22, 2020
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    Works great
    Install was a breeze and works great, adds a little bit of safety to stopping your router when you’re finished.
    March 5, 2020
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Works fine. No problems.
    March 5, 2020
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Great Addition to my Woodshop
    The switch is easy to setup and use. The cord has plenty of length to reach the outlet. The switch has a large surface area making it easy to deactivate when needed.
    Shutoff switch for my extension cord.
    Shutoff switch for my extension cord.
    February 29, 2020
    Purchased
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    Easy access to start/stop.
    Rick on Mar 31, 2020
    Reaching under router table is no bueno. Need bueno switch.
    MATHEW G on Mar 29, 2020
    Easy access to start/stop.
    Rick on Mar 31, 2020
    Building router cart
    Michael S on Mar 31, 2020
    Reaching under router table is no bueno. Need bueno switch.
    MATHEW G on Mar 29, 2020
    Safety first!
    Adam A on Mar 29, 2020
    Add a small measure of more safety with my table saw.
    Mark S on Mar 28, 2020
    My existing switch quit working.
    Ed S on Mar 26, 2020
    The machine can be turned off by touching the stop pad with the knee.
    Joyce A on Mar 26, 2020
    My other broke and needed to replace it. If this one works out I will buy another to rplace my other switch.
    Allan on Mar 25, 2020
    a safety switch for my old lathe
    Bob P on Mar 25, 2020
    Safety. Safety. Safety!
    Fred T on Mar 25, 2020
    Safe operation of table saw!
    frank t on Mar 23, 2020
    I need this for my table saw - the switch on it is not very good, nor easy to find.
    STACY W on Mar 22, 2020
    The Router Lift FX makes it difficult to get to the on off switch on my Dewalt router
    Greg R on Mar 22, 2020
    I want to add this to my Rigid table saw stand to make it easier to turn off when finished making a cut.
    ofstedld on Mar 21, 2020
    Router table.
    Bart T on Mar 19, 2020
    Safety feature for a new router table.
    Robin V on Mar 18, 2020
    Needed for a project I'm building.
    Daniel S on Mar 18, 2020
    Pure SAFETY
    alan L on Mar 17, 2020
    For safety
    Terry D on Mar 17, 2020
    safety first
    martin g on Mar 16, 2020
    needed one
    shane s on Mar 16, 2020
    I have one on my Router table and I am building a custom table that will accommodate two routers. The first one I have works great so I’m going to use them again.
    Glenn T on Mar 15, 2020
    Convenience and safety.
    David B on Mar 15, 2020
    I have used one of these on my router table and my table saw have two other pieces of equipment that can really use this switch it works great
    Richard M on Mar 15, 2020
    Current switch is half broken and need safety.
    Perry P on Mar 15, 2020
    Because I need to turn things on more easily... like your mom.
    BDN on Mar 14, 2020
    Looks like good switch.
    Lawrence R on Mar 13, 2020
    I love this switch. Easy to see and Reach.
    Randy J on Mar 11, 2020
    My router switch is very difficult to reach and i am often bending over the table to reach it. This switch will be very easy to reach.
    Sandy S on Mar 11, 2020
    Bought one earlier and liked it, this one will go on another machine
    James W on Mar 10, 2020
    Because I had been looking at theses, and caught my hand on my table saw. Doc' said my hand is healing well.
    John G on Mar 9, 2020
    For a router table.
    Scott M on Mar 9, 2020
    Safety
    Charles F on Mar 8, 2020
    Item for Steve Ramsey's Powered Up course in which you build a router table.
    Adam P on Mar 6, 2020
    Installing a new router lift and router
    James W on Mar 4, 2020
    To Upgrade an inherited Delta Contractors Saw "Made in the USA"
    Billt on Mar 2, 2020
    Safety
    DENNIS B on Mar 1, 2020
    Safety must.
    Sharon L on Mar 1, 2020
    To up grade my band saw.
    Dave P on Mar 1, 2020
    For router table
    Douglas H on Feb 29, 2020
    My vintage Craftsman tablesaw does not have a safety switch.
    B R on Feb 29, 2020
    Needed to complete my router table.
    Jason W on Feb 28, 2020
    Must have on any router table.
    James D on Feb 26, 2020
    large stop button is a plus if you need to shut it down in a hurry.
    Leslie Lee A on Feb 25, 2020
    I need a replacement "older Craftsman" 10inch table saw on/ off switch. You have the type I needed although it is a bit different. I'm sure it will work. I have ordered lots of hardware and electrical and hand tools from you folks in the past, I have always been satisfied with the quality and service.
    Warren J on Feb 24, 2020
    Need a replacement for the original on my planner, the original finally broke and this looks like a good replacement.
    Mac M on Feb 9, 2020
    Best way to conveniently allow me to connect anyone of a variety of my bench top tools such as a router or bench saw to my workbench while providing safe operation and preventing accidental starts from occurring.
    Aaron S on Feb 2, 2020
    Great safety feature for use on all power equipment!
    Ted on Jan 28, 2020
    needed it to upgrade my delta unisaw
    Robert R on Jan 27, 2020
    A gift for my husband's router table
    Matt K on Jan 27, 2020
    Building router cart
    Michael S on Mar 31, 2020
    Safety first!
    Adam A on Mar 29, 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.
    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 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"?
    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.
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