Anti-Restart Motor Starter Upgrade
These anti-restart motor starters are great for drill presses, bench grinders, and various other small 120 volt machines. Motor starters prevent the device from starting up on its own. It also adds an emergency stop button that is there when an emergency arises.
We can also add upgrades such as a key to prevent unauthorized use and a LOTO (lockout, tag out) device. If you’re not sure if this thing is right for your machine, Give us a call – we are a friendly bunch of people and would love to help you out.
Got a three-phase motor that runs on 208v or higher? The motor starter on this page is not the right choice for 3-phase motors. Click here to see our 3-phase motor starters.
A motor starter prevents machines and motors from starting back up after a power failure.
You will see the term “anti-restart protection” a lot when dealing with machine safety. Here’s a simple test to see if your machine needs an electrical upgrade:
- Start the machine and leave it running.
- Please turn off the breaker or disconnect switch powering the machine and wait for it to stop by itself.
- Turn back on the breaker or disconnect switch and check if the machine starts up again.
If you see the machine turn back on by itself by doing this test, you will need to upgrade the electrical system to include anti-restart protection. If you are not sure, please contact one of our electrical specialists, and we will be happy to assist you.
OSHA does recognize NFPA 79:7.5.3 that states: to prevent accidental or unintentional restarting of a machine requires all machines to have a magnetic starter. A magnetic starter or contactor is what is inside our anti-restart motor starters.
On machines such as drill presses and grinders that use mechanical power switches like those of a light switch, the machine is always powered on until a person physically pushes a button or flips a switch. If a power failure happens, the device will turn off because it has no electricity from the outlet. When the power comes back on, the device turns on automatically! Not only is this dangerous, but completely avoidable.
Motor starters prevent the machine from starting up by automatically resetting the circuitry and unloading the motor from the power source. A machine operator must press a button for the motor starter to engage and start the machine.
It prevents restarts after using a safety guard.
Without a motor starter, interlocked safety guards would stop the machine if opened and would also start it up immediately after someone closes the guard. Not only is it hazardous to wire something this way, but it is also a dangerous misuse of the interlock switches. Limit switches and interlock switches are not designed or intended to control motor current loads.