Improved "OFF" switch for Grizz Saw

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I really like the Grizzly 1023 table saw that I have had for several years. However, I never have been comfortable with the location and size of the “OFF” button, so a while back I decided to make an addition to the saw to improve the operational safety. As you can see in the picture, there now is a wooden rail that extends completely along the front of the saw. The wooden assembly is attached to the metal rail above it with two hinges so that it swings freely back and forth. The left end of the wooden rail has a small polystyrene pad attached to it that just kisses the “OFF” button. So now I can turn the saw off with just a nudge of a knee while keeping my hands and eyes on the workpiece. I now feel much, much safer when using the saw.

I realize that others have posted similar additions to their saws. However, I thought I would post this specifically for Grizz saw owners because this is so easy to do—on my saw (and probably many other Grizz saws) there are small bolts conveniently located on the bottom of the metal rail that can be used to attach the hinges. This puts the construction and installation of the cutoff assembly in the “piece of cake” category.

The only small downside is that the rail assembly interferes to a small extent with the operation of the blade lifting wheel, but imho this is a small price to pay for the improved sense of safety that I have.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 02:29 AM

Thanks for sharing. I just purchased a Delta and the only complaint that I have so far is that I can’t find the ON/OFF switch. I was going to add a swinging “something” to the switch to make it easier to locate, I really like your take on it.


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#2 posted 09-28-2009 02:32 AM

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 04:20 AM

I agree..great idea…something I will add to my table saw

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 05:09 AM

Nice job. Way to think safety.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 05:40 AM

Building mine next week…..Thanks

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 06:14 AM


I’ve got the Grizzly 1023 also and HATE the on/off switch. I bought mine used and the book showed two different locations for the switch. I didn’t like where the previous owner placed it because it stuck out so far that it was in the way. I changed it to the other location on the right beneath and don’t like that either, but maybe I can reconstruct your idea for my location.

Thanks for sharing.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 09-28-2009 12:50 PM

This has got to be the largest group of creative thinking/problem solving people in the world! What a great idea!!!! No wonder I’m becoming addicted to LJ’s.

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#8 posted 09-29-2009 04:58 PM

If it’ll make a table saw safer…’s a great idea!! I may just have to make some mods to mine.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 04:56 AM

I was using my saw yesterday and thinking that I need something like this. Good work taking the time to add this safety device.

-- Barry,

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