Wise Buys: Router Table Power Switches
Why buy? With one of these accessories, you'll end the annoying under-the-table fumbling for your router's power switch. Simply plug your router into the outlet on the auxiliary switch, lock the router switch in the "on" position, and you're ready to go. WOOD Magazine Tool and Techniques Editor Bob Hunter tried out a number of accessory switches, and he recommends the three shown here.
Although this one costs more than the others, it's worth it. The low-profile rocker switch prevents accidental start-ups, and the 6"-long yellow "crash bar" proves easy to locate without looking to shut down the router. I like its compact steel box with steel angle bracket for easy, sturdy mounting to the stand or the top. Either way, it's unobtrusive while still easy to reach. The 8-1/2'-long power cord--the longest in the test--features 14-gauge wire with insulation coating that stays flexible even in 40° conditions. And the outlet on the bottom of the box allows the router cord to hang straight down without getting in the way of my stance when I'm routing a workpiece.
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