I have the much-maligned Makita MLT100 table saw. For all its faults, after a fair amount of fettling I've got it working fine.
However I've taken to stopping the saw by turning off the switch at the wall. This has a few advantages:
- It turns off the shop vac connected to the same outlet.
- It triggers the safety cutout plug I use (so simply switching back on doesn't actually turn on the power).
- It means I lean AWAY from the saw to stop it, rather than bending down and in TOWARDS THE SPINNING BLADE OF DEATH to turn it off.
- I have three young children around, and it's a 3-step process to start the saw:
- Turn on outlet.
- Turn on safety breaker (at which point the shop vac will come on, as it was switched on all along).
- Start saw using green button on the saw itself.
I've found that the green/red power switch on the saw itself appears to turn itself off when power is cut (this makes sense - in the case of power coming back after a power cut, you wouldn't want your table saw starting itself back up!), and the brake still kicks in as normal.
Question is - is there any potential for trouble using this method? Either a danger I've not thought of, or damage to the equipment I haven't considered?