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Default Paddle/safety style on/off switch rated for PC 7518

I've had 2 paddle switches go bad on my in my router table that aren't quite rated to handle the 3.25hp PC 7518, so I'm looking for a paddle-style switch that will handle the amp load safely.

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I bought a powertec switch but it was defective from the git go so I wound up buying a weatherproof box and using a common light switch. Not the ideal choice but it works and if it fails it’s cheap to replace. I took mine and mounted it on top of my fence as I work from both sides of my table depending on what I rout so the switch had to be able to follow me. Pictures would be a page or two back in my uploads.
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I bought a powertec switch but it was defective from the git go so I wound up buying a weatherproof box and using a common light switch. Not the ideal choice but it works and if it fails itís cheap to replace. I took mine and mounted it on top of my fence as I work from both sides of my table depending on what I rout so the switch had to be able to follow me. Pictures would be a page or two back in my uploads.
Thatís interesting, I also used a light switch once. Had no issues but it was a PC690 .
They also make 20amp light switches also if thatís an issue though

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I bought a paddle switch from Rockler a couple of years ago - use it on a table with a Bosch 1617 router attached - works well.

https://www.rockler.com/safety-power-tool-switch
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I bought a paddle switch from Rockler a couple of years ago - use it on a table with a Bosch 1617 router attached - works well.

https://www.rockler.com/safety-power-tool-switch
vince that was my initial plan too using the switch with a the 1617 but i waited so long to build the table i ran across a mast r lift 2 for $279 awhile back and was going to go with my old 7518. so that rockler switch might not work with the big pc? i found a manual for the 7518 online but it doesnt say how many amps it is. it may be for a todays 7518. who knows if the specs in it still applies to a 1990s 7518

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vince that was my initial plan too using the switch with a the 1617 but i waited so long to build the table i ran across a mast r lift 2 for $279 awhile back and was going to go with my old 7518. so that rockler switch wont work with the big pc?
The switch is rated at 15 amp and the 7518 is 15 amp - I assumed they would work together.
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I found I could turn my router off with my hip when I had the light switch, but personally I’d prefer the paddle .
I’m assuming there magnetic ?

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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I found I could turn my router off with my hip when I had the light switch, but personally Iíd prefer the paddle .
Iím assuming there magnetic ?
Most of these are mechanical. Lift the paddle and press the on switch, press the paddle and it pushes the off switch
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My preference is a foot switch, from Harbor Freight. Step on the switch, machine starts. Get startled, and you automatically step back, therefore your foot goes off the switch, machine stops. Makes me feel a lot safer than having to find a switch you have to turn off by hand.

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