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AM420

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06-22-2018 12:07 AM

I’ve gone and lost the little yellow safety key to my Cutech jointer. I’m not surprised I lost it so fast. It barely stayed in! Fell out nearly every time I turned it off. But I looked over the whole garage and can’t find it.

Anyone know of a way to get around them or a good substitute? Or if you know any major brick and mortar stores that sell them a replacement would be best.

Whatever I find to get the switch working again is getting glued in place!


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Rayne

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#1 posted 06-22-2018 12:28 AM

Have any other tools with a similar key you could borrow?

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AM420

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#2 posted 06-22-2018 01:40 AM



Have any other tools with a similar key you could borrow?

- Rayne

No. I wish I did.

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DaveInGA

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#3 posted 06-22-2018 01:46 AM

Try giving Cutech a call and see what they can do for you.

-- Dave back into woodworking in Jefferson, GA

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#4 posted 06-22-2018 02:04 AM

Not one of those situations where u can just stick a nail in it is it? My old dealt shopmaster stuff has a piece that goes in the switch but if that gets lost I just use a nail or dowel to put in it

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Woodknack

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#5 posted 06-22-2018 02:42 AM

I’d cut the wires and twist them together. Those things aggravate me.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 06-22-2018 11:11 AM

They are easily available online, just do a search for “power tool safety key”. If you don’t want to order online, I would think most stores selling power tools should be able to get one for you. There are only a few variants of those keys out there and tools like Craftsman and Ridgid have models with similar switches. The stores I buy for keep spares on hand for people the lose them or for when they walk off from the machines on the sales floor.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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AM420

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#7 posted 06-22-2018 11:39 AM



They are easily available online, just do a search for “power tool safety key”. If you don t want to order online, I would think most stores selling power tools should be able to get one for you. There are only a few variants of those keys out there and tools like Craftsman and Ridgid have models with similar switches. The stores I buy for keep spares on hand for people the lose them or for when they walk off from the machines on the sales floor.

- JayT

I searched the websites of all of the major chain stores around me and they all came up with nothing. If they carry them it’s not as an item stocked for resale. The only site I could find was Sears for their Craftsman tools and they didn’t have anything in stores near me.

I think I’m going to stick some wire or a small nail in there today to see if I could get it working and then see if Cutech will send me another.

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#8 posted 06-22-2018 11:48 AM

I bought a used Craftsman drill press that didn’t have the key. The previous owner said he just used a small screwdriver or nail (what ever was handy) in it’s place. I found that one of those child safety outlet covers works just by sanding the “prongs” down a bit in height. Stays in nice and tight.

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Bill Berklich

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#9 posted 06-22-2018 12:44 PM

I have several Craftsman tools so bought a couple of packs of “Safety” buttons. Don’t really need them though, the fingers on the plug capture the internal switch which is why a small screwdriver works. As the switches fail I’m just upgrading to a standard Shopfox on/off switch carried by Grizzly. For me the safety plugs are useless because I don’t leave anything plugged in anyway (including stationary tools).

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 06-22-2018 01:11 PM

Might be easier to replace the whole switch.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 06-22-2018 02:05 PM



... they walk off from the machines on the sales floor.

- JayT

JayT said it, not me!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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muleskinner

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#12 posted 06-23-2018 06:52 PM

I have a Craftsman belt sander which was missing the key. I think I looked into ordering a replacement once but cost was ridiculous for a 3 cent piece of plastic. I just jammed a sliver of wood into the slot and snapped it off flush. Works fine.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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TwoThumbBruce

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#13 posted 08-12-2019 11:29 PM

Same problem with me on my brand new Cutech jointer. Luckely, my Roybi band saw has one and it fit perfectly! I checked Lowes but they don’t carry them for resale and I don’t think HD does either.

I did find safety keys on Amazon and other sites but because Cutech is not a major brand name, it wasn’t on their list. They did have some that looked the same but it’s hard to tell. For $7 I’d like to be sure.

I’m going to look into the suggestion about the child electrical safety plugs, because if they work, it’s the most economical. I’ll buy a bag to be prepared for the next time I lose the key!

-- Bruce, Florida

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Jack Lewis

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#14 posted 08-13-2019 12:30 AM

https://www.cutechtool.com/category-s/137.htm
they have that part center of first page
Part 40100-179
Switch Key..Fits Model : All machines except for our 40700 planers

Our Price Each: $2.99

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#15 posted 08-13-2019 01:16 AM

By the looks of the picture, I’d bet you have an allen wrench that would fit in there. Or nail or make a good looking one out of a small dowel glued to a sanded to shape piece of wood. Or pay 2.99 ea plus shipping… lets see shipping for me,,,, cheapest… $14!!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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