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Forum topic by Evangogh posted 08-23-2016 02:58 PM 1076 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2016 02:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: i lost safety yellow tab power switch lathe replace replacement make macguyver fix

I lost the yellow safety tab that clicks into power switch for my lathe (sorry, I don’t know the terminology). Does anyone know where I can get a replacement? Or is it possible to make one?

And yes, I have been using a tab from another tool in the meantime, I just want a more permanent fix.


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#1 posted 08-23-2016 03:03 PM

Contact the company that made your lathe.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 08-23-2016 04:13 PM

Go to Amazon. Type in Safety Paddle Switch. You didn’t say what brand your lathe was. You might just replace the whole switch assembly.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 02:41 PM


If the lathe is a Craftsman, which uses the yellow removable switch safety keys, I recall seeing replacements in a two in the Sears store which would probably fit. However that has been several ago. Checking may reveal whether these are available in you local store. If the lathe is not a Craftsman, maybe the Craftsman safety key would still work. Again checking the web might give you some idea whether it might fit. As recall the two pack was fairly inexpensive.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 06:06 PM

There are precious few things in this life that are absolutes. But when given the opportunity to be MacGuyver, the answer is always yes. Just make sure you aren’t actually being Red Green. It’s hard to tell in some cases, until it’s too late.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 06:16 PM

Real machines don’t have safety tabs…......LOL

If you’re worried about kids, throw the breaker or unplug.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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