|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||9.4 x 5.8 x 3.1 inches|
|Item model number||9089|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||3 Year Warranty on all merchandise. All products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship ans materials.|
MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)
|Price:||$41.39 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Hands-free machinery control means both hands on your work for safety and control
- keep Your woodworker safe; safety accessories make great gifts
- 5 star performance and price
- Greatly enhances convenience; no need to free a hand to hunt for a switch
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The MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch runs continuously for dust collection or for any activity where it is safe to leave a machine running unattended. Step on pedal once to activate and step again to deactivate. Simply plug our foot switch into your electrical outlet, then plug your tool into the Billy Pedal. 15 Amp. Includes 8 foot cord.
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There are several brands of foot pedals that appear to be very similar to this one. I have another foot switch that I purchased from Swag Offroad for $20 that may be the same product with a different label. In any case, all of the continuous running foot switches that i have in the shop work the same way and seem to be similar level of quality. I use them with fairly large 110v stationery power tools (Powermatic 2800 drill press, Milwaukee bandsaws, etc.) and they have held up well. All of my foot switches are rated for 15amps, which I've found to be adequate.
if you're unfamiliar with footswitches, this is a "continuous" version - which means that you step on it to turn it on, and step on it again to turn off. There are also "deadman" foo switches that only stay on as long as your foot is depressed on it. This switch is a "continuous" model.
As I said, these are cheapish offshore plastic units, not industrial-grade tools, so they will not withstand much abuse.
UPDATE: I bought 2 of these - one for my Festool CT26 vacuum which I borrowed from my metal bandsaw, and another that I use with my Powermatic drill press. However, it quickly became apparent that 2 was not enough as it was a pain to swap between my metal bandsaw and CT26, so I got another. But then I decided I needed one for my spindle sander --- you can see where this is going. I've decided that Amazon should offer 6-packs of these at substantially reduced prices. :-) I now have 4 - the oldest of which is 8-10 years old at this point, and they all work fine.
This is the switch where you step on it once to turn it on, and it stays on. You have to click it again, in order to turn the power off. As it turned out, this works better for me. Either way, you can turn it on or off and keep your hands on your woodwork.
It would be great if I could get a variable speed foot switch that would allow me to speed up or slow down the blade as I worked. My Scrollsaw is a Delta 40-530, which has only one speed, which is pretty dang fast. (The saw is over 10 years old. 1/10 HP, 120 volts, 1.8 Amps). If anyone knows if a variable switch would allow me to slow the speed down, the way a sewing machine pedal works, I would really appreciate your advice in the comments. Thanks!