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    Posted: 18 Jan 2020 at 12:04pm
A power cord with a foot pedal. I’m going to be doing some light machining with a router. I’d like to keep both hands on it and have foot control. Also I built a long router table for work and it would be handy for that as well.
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We have a foot switch on our meat grinder.  Works well.  They can be bought at Cabelas or LEM Products.  I think they are about $40.  I am sure that they can be bought other places too.  
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I will check Cabellas next time I’m there. Does it have male /female ends like an extension cord?
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Make one:

a bit of wood, a hinge, and an old 'foot operated' starter button.
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I picked one up at Harbor Freight with the 20% off copon for my meat grinder a few years ago. Has worked fine for me, rated for 15 amps. $13.99 minus 20% is $11.19, flat rate ship if needed is $6.99.
 


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YEP.... that's what you want, one that STOPS when you lift your foot... Not one that toggles.  The one from harbor Freight is probably cheaper than building one.
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The Harbor Freight one toggles, step once and on, step on again for off.

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Maybe a trip to HF coming up.
Just curious but could one from a sewing machine control the speed of a variable speed router?
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Elliot, it said it is a momentary switch so I looked at Harbor Freight and they make BOTH.. One is hold down for power, let up to stop... There is also a toggle version that looks just like that one that is once down ON, push again and its OFF............. GOOD TO KNOW !
 


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Dayton motors makes several, but a lot more $ than the HF ones...Wink
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I used a sewing machine to control a light bulb. It worked fine. You could probably find one at a recycle place for next to nothing and give it a try.
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I have a momentary one on my drill press! Nice big 'pedal'! Love it! Problem is I got it at Sears...

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I use one on my router and tied it to an outlet that has both the vacuum and the router plugged into so both go on and off together 
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Originally posted by mikedes mikedes wrote:

I use one on my router and tied it to an outlet that has both the vacuum and the router plugged into so both go on and off together 
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Heck of an idea. 👍 I’m gonna do the same.
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Check the amperage of yoor router before you buy one. The first 2 Ted has listed are only good for 1.5 amps. The 3rd one says up to 1/2 HP motor. The Harbor Freight one says 15 amp.
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I put a press and hold foot one on my drill press.

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I don't get it....my router has switch in one handle so you always have 2 hands on it. What am I missing?
Are you talking metal not wood? Would make more sense.

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Originally posted by SteveM C/IL SteveM C/IL wrote:

I don't get it....my router has switch in one handle so you always have 2 hands on it. What am I missing?
Are you talking metal not wood? Would make more sense.

It’s mounted under a table I made. It’s a long reach.
In planning on using an end mill in another and milling aluminum in a jig. They recommend a foot pedal.
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I don't build them.  I buy used surplus industrial footswitches.... heavy steel or cast iron ones, with industrial switch contacts, clean them up, wire 'em, and call 'em good.

You CAN buy new surplus:
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Nope, but I did make one with a thermal couple in line to use on my gas log blower.  I also made one with a dimmer in the cord and a power strip on the end for the lites in all the little buildings in the Xmas village.  So I figure I could come up with something.  Changing the end on a sewing machine foot pedal cord would seem to be the easiest and least expensive if you got one layin around!
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Originally posted by DaveKamp DaveKamp wrote:

You CAN buy new surplus:
Problem with them Dave is the shipping!  Cost's more than what ever it is you buy.
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I have one on my drain cleaning snake - large unit with a 5/8 cable and 100' length , something you don't want to have get away on you . 
 Square D switch - should be able to find at any electrical supply house . Spring loaded OFF push down to power .
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Originally posted by Ted J Ted J wrote:

Originally posted by DaveKamp DaveKamp wrote:

You CAN buy new surplus:
Problem with them Dave is the shipping!  Cost's more than what ever it is you buy.


Says fourteen bucks to my zipcode... but when I buy things from S-S, I usually get several things, and have the shipping costs spread over the whole lot.
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