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For those of you that aren't familiar with them. A switchable magnet is a really useful gadget.
It consists of two magnets. The inner magnet is circular. The outer magnet is annular shape and fits closely around the inner magnet.
In a certain angular rotation position of the outer magnet, the two magnetic fields align. This produces a strong magnetic field. If the outer magnet is turned 90 degrees the magnetic fields oppose and the device becomes non-magnetic. Note: there are no batteries or external power required.

These devices are very handy for quickly setting limit stops on router tables, miter saws and table saws.

In the Oct issue of the Rockler Catalog they are shown on page 30 for only $60.99 plus shipping and handling charge. So you too can also be the proud owner of this device for about $70. Be the first on your block to amaze your friends and family.

OR !!

Go to Harbor Frieght and buy a 'multi-position Magnetic base with fine adjustment'. The item number is 05645. The cost is some where around $10.

If you like you can send the difference in cost to me.

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I bought a magnetic featherboard for the table saw last week as well as a switchable magnet. I plan to buy a few more this week.

They make it so easy to attach featherboards, jigs etc to the table saw.

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Whilst I've owned a switchable magnetic base for my metal lathe for many years, I hadn't until reading this post heard of feather boards using this technology. James, how much did you pay and from where, I'll have to check the postage to get one from Rockler.

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Whilst I've owned a switchable magnetic base for my metal lathe for many years, I hadn't until reading this post heard of feather boards using this technology. James, how much did you pay and from where, I'll have to check the postage to get one from Rockler.

Magswitch® Universal Featherboard : CARBA-TEC

You may also buy the magnets by themselves and add your own featherboard. I will be going to Hare and Forbes after lunch to purchase a couple more magnets.

http://www.carbatec.com.au/magswitch-magjigs_c20286

http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/Magswitch-Jig

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Thanks for those links James, I just tried to order one of the universal featherboards but Carba-tec's web site is up the creek so I'll order one tomorrow by phone.
Because I have a cast Iron router table and steel Triton saw table it will be fine for both.

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My experience with Harbor Freight is you usually get what you pay for, but if it's a non-critical item it may be ok. A magnet is a magnet right. Not if you want a good one. Just like the saying "who can screw up a breakfast?" as your leaning over over the can shouting for Orourk.
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Dennis, sometimes you get what you pay for. But there are other times where the higher priced item is ridiculously over priced.

IMO, $60 for a featherboard with 2 magnets is highway robbery. $10 seems like a more realistic price.
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Dennis, sometimes you get what you pay for. But there are other times where the higher priced item is ridiculously over priced.

IMO, $60 for a featherboard with 2 magnets is highway robbery. $10 seems like a more realistic price.
If it were just 2 magnets, I'd agree. But it is a little more complex than that!

I was looking at an over $200.00 hammer the other day! Now that's overpriced! I can't think of anything that would make it worth that to me.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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My experience with Harbor Freight is you usually get what you pay for, but if it's a non-critical item it may be ok. A magnet is a magnet right. Not if you want a good one. Just like the saying "who can screw up a breakfast?" as your leaning over over the can shouting for Orourk.
Morning Dennis

I see that you are wary of dealing with Harbor Freight. I agree that you must shop with caution. Their air hoses are junk so are their plastic body clamps and their sanding belts. However they are a good source of things like shop rags, safety glasses, ear protectors, metal rules, framing squares etc.

Regarding their Magnetic Bases -- They produce 45 lbs of force. They can be clamped on flat or round metal surfaces. They are completely encased in metal and sealed. They are dead simple and have a decent quality external off-on switch.

Pull them up on Harbor Freight's web sight and have a look. Let me close by stating that I don't have any relationship with Harbor Freight, but a good deal is still a good deal.

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This is about the ONLY thing I regret about my granite topped table saw... can't use magnets of any kind on it. I've seen these, not at HF, but other places, and thought they could be very usefull.

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