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Hi fellow dust makers. I'm building my router table and am now thinking about what I want for a switch. Where can I find one with a good size paddle on it like what you get on most table saws? I recently saw a table on another site and the builder put the switch on the center door so he could hit it with his knee like everyone does on the table saw. I thought that was a good idea, what does everyone here think? I always thought putting it on the side (left or right) was kind of unsafe, having to reach for it. On the door you just knee it and its off!

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Switches like the one I think you are talking about are available from MLCS. They were at the bottom of the page, two different products.

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In my case I decided to go with foot switches. While switches bit big buttons are easier to activate by hand, or with wrist, forearm I am not tall enough to get to most of them with a knee. My hip perhaps, but for me the idea is to kill power with as little 'total body' movement as possible. Being able to use the foot switches on any of my power tools made getting them even more attractive. I picked up one that stays on til you step on it the second time and another that turns off if you remove your foot.

These style foot switches are generally under 20 bucks on ebay and less than 15 from harbor freight.

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I also use a foot switch at times. I got mine from Lee Valley. A common light switch also works well. You run the poweer to the switch and then to a plug in box. If you mount them close together it is easy to unplug the router when making bit changes. Total cost including boxes, coverplates, switch, and receptacle about $5-7.

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I also use a foot switch at times. I got mine from Lee Valley. A common light switch also works well. You run the poweer to the switch and then to a plug in box. If you mount them close together it is easy to unplug the router when making bit changes. Total cost including boxes, coverplates, switch, and receptacle about $5-7.
I have gone 'Macgiver' on more than one light switch. Usually drilling a hole through the toggle for a string that runs off some where else. Sometimes it's important to atatch two strings, one for each direction...

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Hi fellow dust makers. I'm building my router table and am now thinking about what I want for a switch. Where can I find one with a good size paddle on it like what you get on most table saws? I recently saw a table on another site and the builder put the switch on the center door so he could hit it with his knee like everyone does on the table saw. I thought that was a good idea, what does everyone here think? I always thought putting it on the side (left or right) was kind of unsafe, having to reach for it. On the door you just knee it and its off!

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For mine I use a standard light switch that also controls a plug. When I flip the switch I turn on the router and also the shop vac which I use to keep the chips away. The vac is hooked into a rear dust port. Other than looking fancy I can't see any benefit for the more expensive switch.
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I have a router table switch from rockler. large off paddle and also a hole through the on button to lock it ouy with a pin.
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For mine I use a standard light switch that also controls a plug. When I flip the switch I turn on the router and also the shop vac which I use to keep the chips away. The vac is hooked into a rear dust port. Other than looking fancy I can't see any benefit for the more expensive switch.
i am like you in this respect.

but the OP is interested in a switch he can hit with his knee to turn it off ... presumably in case he has both his hands in use and wants to turn it off with another body part.
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In my case I decided to go with foot switches.
I picked up one that stays on til you step on it the second time and another that turns off if you remove your foot.

I got a HF foot switch also. Except I got the one that you need to keep your foot on to keep the power going. Figured it was safer that way, then if you have a problem or get startled, you just take your foot off and it stops. I just don't like the idea of having to step on it again to shut it off.
I've got a small shop, and plug in each tool separately when I use them (lathe, router, bench saw, two bandsaws). I use that foot switch with all of them except the drill press and hand power tools now. Works out very well for me. And I believe mine ran about $11 - but worth it at twice the price, to my mind.
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"http://www.grizzly.com/products/110-220V-Paddle-On-Off-Switch/H8243"

Here is the link for the Grizzly paddle switch.
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