- 8 Easy Steps On How To Wire A Table Saw Switch
- Step 1: Remove the switch cover plate
- Step 2: Identify the switch wires
- Step 3: Identify the Neutral wire
- Step 4: Connect the switch wires to your power cord wires
- Step 5: Install the switch
- Step 6: Connect your switch to your power cord and plug it in
- Step 7: Test the new switch to make sure it’s working properly
- Step 8: Attach the cover plate back onto your table saw with screws if desired
In this blog post, we will give you 8 easy steps for how to wire a table saw switch so that you can have full control over your work area and minimize risk.
The table saw is one of the most dangerous power tools but is also needed when working on a project. If you are not careful, it can quickly lead to injury or death. The best way to avoid this? Take your time with wiring a table saw switch!
8 Easy Steps On How To Wire A Table Saw Switch
There are many different variations of wiring a table saw switch. This article covers the most common type found in modern models, but it’s always best to consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your model.
Step 1: Remove the switch cover plate
To remove the switch cover plate, remove the screws that attach it to your saw, then set it aside.
Step 2: Identify the switch wires
Your table saw should have two black-colored power cord wires, usually with white or blue insulation. You’ll also find one red wire, which will be attached to one of your screws on the side of the switch cover plate. This is referred to as a hot wire, and it’s what connects you’ll want to connect to the switch when you’re ready to turn your saw on.
Step 3: Identify the Neutral wire
The neutral wire is usually white or gray in color, and it helps balance out your power. If you have a metal body table saw, this will be attached to one of your screws on the other side of the switch cover plate. This should connect to either screw on your new paddle-style switch when it’s fully assembled.
Step 4: Connect the switch wires to your power cord wires
You’ll want to take one of your hot screws and attach it to one end of a short length of wire, usually supplied with the new switch kit. Then connect this same screw on the side you identified as neutral in step three-putting any excess wire under the screw head.
Step 5: Install the switch
With your hot and neutral wires connected, you can now route them through one of two holes in the back corner of the table saw.
The best way to do this is by removing a section of insulation from underneath where it will be attached so that there’s room for all three wires to fit through. You may find it helpful to feed the wires through a length of vinyl tubing for extra protection.
Step 6: Connect your switch to your power cord and plug it in
Once all three wires are pushed through one hole, attach them under the screw on top of the paddle-style switch.
The neutral wire should connect to either screw while the hot goes into whichever side is not connected. Once everything’s attached, just place the cover back over the new switch and fasten it with screws.
Step 7: Test the new switch to make sure it’s working properly
To test that your table saw is wired correctly, you can plug in a lamp or other small appliance and turn on its power switch.
Now press down on the paddle of your newly installed saw while keeping an eye on the device you plugged in for any signs of activity. If everything looks good, then congratulations! You have successfully wired a table saw switch!
Step 8: Attach the cover plate back onto your table saw with screws if desired
Once completed, this simple task will allow your saw to work as it originally did. However, the added safety features of a paddle-style switch should provide you with peace of mind knowing that all three blades are automatically turned off when not in use.
Now that you know how to wire a table saw switch, it’s up to you if you want to continue using the old push-button style or install one of these new safety switches. At first glance, they may seem complicated, but with just eight easy steps, anyone can do this themselves!
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