just received my new magswitch featherboard (30mm Pro version) I'm still
waiting on the vertical featherboard attachment. So far this thing is
It says in the instructions to leave it in the off position when not in use,
not sure why. Does anyone know how this thing works?
I bought the smaller "Ridgid" magswitch model and, although I like the size
and flippable 'two direction' design, I am less than impressed with the
magnetic holding power, especially on a TopCote slick surface. (I think
Rockler sells this one as the "Universal" model, as they appear to be
identical enough to be made in the same Chinese factory).
I tested the 30mm Pro model you have at Rockler and it seemed to be a good
deal stronger, but it also seemed a bit too big to use on a jointer when
jointing a 90 degree edge, something I find handy on longer stock. Will your
model fit on a 6" jointer, and does a surface slicked up with the likes of
TopCote impact the stronger magnets holding power like it does the Ridgid's?
(yeah, I know ... probably another lesson in 'you get what you pay for'
No. Even edge jointing a 3/4" board puts the magnets to far over the edge
of the jointer (6" jointer). I bought it primarily for the TS. After my
last (first) kick back to the gut a few months ago, I am still trying to
increase my safety factor a few notches. Looks like money well spent so
I'm not sure how it will perform on a freshly applied top-coat surface, but
I am willing to bet that it will hold stuff against the fence as intended.
I was also very attracted to this device for the vertical attachment. I
ordered it, but it is over-sold. Still waiting...
I have the "standard" Magswitch featherboard, I paid $45 IIRC. I have
only used it on my tablesaw, non-Top-Coted surface, though occasional
Johnson's paste wax, and no problem with moving at all while in use.
I'm very happy with it. I was going to buy the Ridgid model which
looks pretty much the saw 'cept for being orange instead of black but
when I went to the local orange BORG they had sold the one they had. I
checked back a few times and didn't see any in stock so I ordered one
online. Later they showed up in a different location at the same BORG.
I've thought about picking up a second one for use on the jointer or
bandsaw 'cause I'm lazy and don't want to walk the ten feet to the
tablesaw. When not in use I leave it "on" and adhered to the side of
my tablesaw so it's easy to find and use. I too have recently taken a
kickback to the gut and don't care to experience it again anytime
soon, or ever.
Might be in acse you store it in ON position and when you go to put it on
your table, the powerful magnets snap it n place... you could have your
finger ot something under it which could hurt ;(
Im guessing thats the reason why. I store mine on the side of my table saw
cabinet in ON position so they hold. Not had any problem with doing this...
Here's my magswitch review >
I have both, side and top version. It works by having two magnets in each
feather board. They work in tandem (to hold in place) or one is rotated so
that the two magnetic fields cancel each other out, thus releasing it.
Can't answer that. In the 9 months I've had mine, the power of the magnets
appears to remain the same as when new. But, I leave my featherboards on the
tablesaw with the magnets in the "on" position. Prevents them from hiding
somewhere when I'm not looking. When they're not on top of the tablesaw,
they're clamped to one of the metal sides of the tablesaw.
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