I have not yet used this switch for an emergency shut off, which is the reason I purchased it. I will be happy if I never have to use it. The switch sits conveniently where I placed it with its magnetic base near the tail stock of my lathe. I bought it solely for the purpose of having an emergency shut off at the other end of the lathe. It was easy to install and I feel better knowing it is there if I need it.
A remote switch on the Powermatic lathe allows turning it on/off without reaching around the spinning work so it is both a safety item and a convenience item. I place it low on the right side which allows me to turn the machine off with my knee if I need both hands near the work like when making a through cut on a spindle or box. It is very annoying that the switch comes with no installation instructions. The product spec shows a wiring guide, but it is hard to follow. Luckily there is some info on YouTube, but the manufacturer should provide this information.
I bought this switch right after getting my 3520 lathe. I wanted the safety and convenience of a remote switch. I use this switch almost every time I use my lathe, and I'm on my lathe nearly 5 days a week,and the switch has shown no issues for me on its reliability. I've heard alot of stories of others having problems, and I expect I'll eventually have to disassemble it to clean contacts or replace. Meanwhile, this is an excellent addition and I would miss it to not have it, especially when doing work that you don't want to reach around to main switch to shut the power off. I'd recommend it.
I bought this switch shortly after I got my lathe. After a week of use, the switch failed. Sent it back to Powermatic, they sat on it for a month before I had to call and light a fire under them. Confused technician said he would send a new one out to me. I received back the same switch, which had a bunch of RTV gooped on it. After using it for two days, it failed again. My advice is make your own. I am going to send it back to CPO.
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Is there anywhere on the web to see how to wire in this switch I bought one and it has no instructions !!! Pay big money for the lathe and extras seems like the would send a wiring diagram. Any info would be great Thank you.
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