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Old 05-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to put an on/off switch on my table, but have heard rumors that a regular single pole switch won't work because of the "soft start" on my router. ( It is a DeWalt 618 ) Does anyone know if this is fact or fiction ?

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Using a remote on/off switch to power on your router with soft start is no problem. The soft start will still function as if turning on router from it's own switch. When using a remote switch your router switch is kept in the on position. Your router will plug into the remote switch. No power to router until the remote switch connected to a power source & remote switch is switched on. If using a regular house light switch you will also use plug receptacle & your router will plug into the receptacle. Your light switch will power the receptacle on & off. I prefer to use a commercially available remote switch for this purpose some prefer to use the other method.

When I service my router or change bits I unplug the power cable to the remote switch as it is outside the table & easily to get to.
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Using a remote on/off switch to power on your router with soft start is no problem. The soft start will still function as if turning on router from it's own switch.

+1 on Jim's post.. Never had any problems with mine..
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Hi Bob

It's fiction, I have one on all my 6 router tables..

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If using the home light switch & plug receptacle setup I would suggest using the older flip style of light switch & not the newer rocker style switch. As shown in BJ's picture above. The rocker style is too easy to bump & power your receptacle which turns on your router before you are ready. Could be dangerous if servicing router or changing bit & forgot to unplug from power source.
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Another thing I like about Bj's setup is the router plugging in outside the table and next to the switch. Hard to forget that and it's easy to see.
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THanks guys. Makes sense to me-- That's what I get for talking electron flow to a civil engineer. I especially like the plug / switch combo. It should save a few steps to the garage wall when changing bits.
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