Grizzly Paddle Switch H8241 110V

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06-09-2012 05:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paddle switch grizzly paddle switch h8241 h8242 table saw craftsmen

Hello all. I’ve been searching the forum to see if anyone else was having this issue but I didn’t see anything similar. I’ve been trying to correctly wire a Grizzly paddle switch to my Craftsmen contractors saw. The motor on the saw, based on the label, is 1 1/2 hp, 120 volts and 13 amps. Originally I purchased the H8242 paddle switch which is rated at 220v. I let it sit for a few months because I was rearranging the shop and doing other things out there. I finally wired it up the other day and when I hit the green button the saw starts but the button doesn’t stay engaged. Played with it for awhile and determined that I bought the wrong one and needed the 110v model. Before I ordered the second switch I contacted Grizzly support which confirmed the need for the 110v model H8241. Wired that up today and same thing. Push the button in, saw turns on, let go and the button/power doesn’t stay engaged and the saw stops. Any body have a similar experience and if so what did you do to correct it? And I know the switch is connected correctly. I know my electric and it’s not as if it’s a difficult config to figure out plus the manual on the Grizzly website has the diagram as well. Any help would be appreciated, I’d hate to have to purchase yet another switch. And as great as Grizzly’s tech support has been, the last couple of times I’ve contacted them I’m starting to wonder a bit after the less then complete answers I’ve gotten. Thanks for reading and your help.


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#1 posted 06-09-2012 06:56 PM

Is it a magnetic switch?

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 07:03 PM

Yes I believe it is a magnetic switch.

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 10:23 PM

Have you checked the ground connection? Looking at the manual on the Grizzly site, they seem very concerned that the ground has been verified. If the switch uses the ground path to keep the magnetic section engaged, and that path is missing, the circuit would never be complete and wouldn’t remain engaged when the button was released.

If the ground on the machine is good, it might be worth buying an inexpensive outlet tester (link to and checking the outlet that you have it plugged into to ensure the outlet is wired correctly.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 11:56 PM

I took a quick look at the Grizzly specs on their website…...not very informative. However, that particular switch is not a magnetic starter, but it is a good unit. I have 2 of these style switches in my shop. When I first started my table saw I had the same problem as you, then I realized that part of the safety aspect is that you have to fully dis-engage the stop paddle for it to work (all you have to do is pull out the red paddle until it clicks and feels loose). I didn’t think I would like the way it works but now I really do.

Busy Bee has something similar


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#5 posted 06-10-2012 01:58 AM

sounds like you have a momentary switch to start a magnetic starter for a saw.

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 04:56 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. I appreciate everyone’s suggestions. I was able to correct the issue. I had the neutral wired incorrectly. Once I fixed that the switch works like a dream and I’m back in business. It’s great to be able to post these questions here and get so many responding with solutions so quickly. Thanks again everyone.


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