Specifications

Physical

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5 in. x 5 in x 4 in. (127mm x 127mm x 1012mm)

Weight: ## lbs (## kg)

Electrical

Power Requirements: The power consumption of this device is negligible during standby mode and normal tool operation (less than 7 watts). Power consumption during braking action is roughly the same as during normal tool operation (though closer to tool startup current).

Power Output:

  • Normal Operation: 120VAC - 15A Capacity
  • Braking Action: between 10VDC and 120VDC
  • Standby or Safe Mode: 0V

Connections:

  • (1) 1 ft. female power receptacle (NEMA 5-15R) [your tool plugs in here]
  • (1) 5 ft. male power plug (NEMA 5-15R) [this plugs into a normal power outlet]
  • (1) push button switch with 6 ft. extension [this is the button you press to brake your device]
  • [optional] (1) key switch with 6 ft. extension [this is for restricting tool access]

Operation

Installation

  1. Unbox your device and inspect the device and shipping containers for any damage that may have been incurred in shipping.
  2. If this is your fist time using this brake on this specific power tool, find the braking torque adjustment knob and confirm that it is turned counter-clockwise as far as it will go. This will set the braking torque to the minimum for your first test and calibration.*
  3. Plug your tool into the device.
  4. Plug the device into the wall.
  5. You should know see the following lights: ###
  6. Now initialize the device by turning your tool on then off again. Note: your tool will not power on during this initialization.
  7. Now turn on your tool. It should startup normally. Proceed to the calibration step.

Calibration

  1. Before you begin calibration, ensure that the braking torque adjustment knob is turned counter-clockwise as far as it will go.
  2. Once your tool has come up to speed, press and hold the MAKESafe button. This will immediately disconnect power from the machine but the braking torque is still too low to notice. As you continue to hold the MAKESafe button, slowly turn the braking torque adjustment knob clockwise to increase the braking torque until you notice a braking action on your tool. You may need to perform this process multiple times as you find the ideal braking torque for your particular machine.
  3. While the MAKESafe Power Tool brake is capable of stopping your tool instantly, this sudden action is bad for the mechanical parts of your tool and the motor windings. It could even shear a drive shaft right off! We recommend finding a braking torque that brings your tool to a complete stop in between one and two seconds.
  4. Once you have found the ideal braking torque, you are ready to make safely. Proceed to normal operation.

Normal Operation

Step #1 - Turn on your tool as you usually would - with the switch on your machine.

Step #2 - Instead of powering your tool off with the same switch, press and hold the MAKESafe button and your tool will quickly brake to a complete stop.

Step #3 - Move on with your life and be productive.