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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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got the magswitch at a tool show about a month ago
MagFence Dual Roller Guide : Magswitch - Magswitch
it was regularly 149 got it for 119
the rollers make it pretty nice im just not real sure of the plastic body
that could easily break if struck or dropped and 1 base and 1 set of mags that is relative easy to swap out with the 2 different roller guides. You can buy a second base at 20.00 and seperate mags for even more money
which would end up costing around 200.00 for all ....a bit much if you ask me!
Now the use is simple the fence for resawing works wonderful I made a test cut on some Ash, I made a less then a 1/8 resaw on a 4high x 8long it was about as even thickness as i could have gotten
So over all it got the job done nicely but the price EWWWWH and time will tell
on the plastic parts
over all i would have to give it a 7.5 because of the above mentioned
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I've been pleased enough with my featherboard. Universal Featherboard : Magswitch - Magswitch It seemed an extravagance when I bought it but I've been very impressed with it.

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I have seen these magswitches in catalogs. I am interested in them to a degree. My router table and table saw have cast aluminum tops, and cast aluminum fences so not much use for magnets there. My drill press and bandsaw would be the only place I'd have use for them. My concern is the holes that need to be drilled to put them in shop made jigs. On catalog sells both the 95 and 150 lbs versions. In same group of information they also sell 40mm and 30mm frstner bits as well as 1 1/4 inch and 1 5/8 inch fbits. Wonderring which bits, since the metric sizes do not correspond to the english sizes
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I have in my hand a magnetic switch that I bought at harbor freight. It was part of a magnetic base for a dial indicator. It's Cen-Tech item 5645. The entire assembly cost $9.99

The switch is roughly 2"x 2"x 2". It has an advertised pull of 45 lbs. The top of the switch has a threaded 1/4" insert. I'm reasonably sure that some one with two of these switches could fashion a home made magnetic feather board.

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I have in my hand a magnetic switch that I bought at harbor freight. It was part of a magnetic base for a dial indicator. It's Cen-Tech item 5645. The entire assembly cost $9.99

The switch is roughly 2"x 2"x 2". It has an advertised pull of 45 lbs. The top of the switch has a threaded 1/4" insert. I'm reasonably sure that some one with two of these switches could fashion a home made magnetic feather board.

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I have seen these magswitches in catalogs. I am interested in them to a degree. My router table and table saw have cast aluminum tops, and cast aluminum fences so not much use for magnets there. My drill press and bandsaw would be the only place I'd have use for them. My concern is the holes that need to be drilled to put them in shop made jigs. On catalog sells both the 95 and 150 lbs versions. In same group of information they also sell 40mm and 30mm frstner bits as well as 1 1/4 inch and 1 5/8 inch fbits. Wonderring which bits, since the metric sizes do not correspond to the english sizes
The Mag-switches I bought said to drill a 30mm hole to set them into the timber.
I went and bought a cheap set of metric Forstner bits from Bunnings and drilled my 30mm hole.

The mag-switches were 31.7mm wide.....

So I re-drilled with a 1 1/4" bit from my previous set. This was a bit too wide and the switches are loose in the holes. This is not a problem once the switches are screwed to the jig. __________________

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It's good to see that with a little ingenuity a lot of money can be saved.

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