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Tool: Mushroom Mag Switch

Manufacturer: General International

A magnetic switch is a safety device that’s common on many new stationary tools. They’re quickly becoming a requirement for schools and industry. For older tools, two new Mag Switches from General International provide an easy safety upgrade.

Imagine this scenario; you trip a breaker while your tool is running. If you forget to turn it off before resetting the breaker, your machine starts right back up. That can be a big surprise, to say the least. With a magnetic switch, the machine won’t start up again until you turn it on.

One of these Mag Switches also has a lock-out button, giving another notch of safety. You have to twist the lock-out button before the machine will turn on, avoiding inadvertently bumping the switch and having the machine turn on.

Mag Switches require no wiring. You just mount the switch’s plate to your machine, plug your machine into the switch, and the switch into the wall. Mag Switches are available for 110 volt motors from 3/4 hp – 1-1/2 hp, and amperage from 8 – 17. A 220 volt switch is also available.

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