Stanley Engineered Fastening (New Britain, CT), a division of Stanley Black & Decker, introduces the new, two-hand start switch, an add-on feature for STANLEY EB Series Corded tools that’s designed to increase operator safety. The anti-tiedown switch option requires operators to keep both hands on the tool at all times in order to operate it, while still allowing them to have free range of motion and complete governance over the tool.
The new switches are available for the EB33, EB44, EB45 and EB55 QPM level model tools. Originally designed for tubenut applications, the two-hand safety switch may also be used as a safeguard for angle and other tool outputs. It requires the operator’s hands to be away from the output reducing pinching risk. To operate, users must push the front button switch and the start-lever switch simultaneously. This ensures that, while the user’s one hand is off the tool, the other does not accidentally activate it. When the tool is activated, if the user releases either switch, the tool immediately stops rotating. Both switches must be actuated within 500 milliseconds for the tool to start.