How many of you unplug your power tools when yer done usin' them? I'm
talkin' about the tools we use on a regular basis...table saw, orbital
I don't. I don't have any young kids around anymore...and no young
kids can get into my work area. So I always keep things plugged
in...'cause I might use them again soon...especially if I'm on a large
A few months ago, I was doin' some sanding with my orbital sander. I
had just turned it off...at the switch...and had gone to my other
workbench to check on some of the work I had taken over there.
A few minutes later, I heard a weird noise coming from over my right
shoulder. I turned...and saw my sander dancing all over the
workbench! I went over quickly and grabbed it...and turned it off
What had happened...
The switch has a dust protector boot over it. I think the switch had
actually not seated to the off position...it must've teetered in the
middle position...then finally flopped over to the on position again.
I wrote to the manufacturer...they immediately called me...sent me a
replacement...and asked me to send the bad one to them for inspection.
They paid for all the shipping, of course...and they sent me an
upgraded sander for my trouble.
But early in the conversation...when they thought my call might
actually be to get some money out of them...I was told that tools
should always be unplugged when done using them.
I wasn't done using the tool, of course. But, even so...I have never
unplugged a power tool when done. I always keep them plugged
in...sitting on the workbench. But my work area has never been
accessible to anyone but me and other adults.
I honestly never gave any thought to the fact that a tool turned off
could spontaneously restart. I wonder what might have happened if
that sander had been jumpin' around by itself for a few hours...while
I was out doing errands.
Just a heads-up...and some food for thought...after reading all the
stuff about the woman with the hot coffee.
Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving season...