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Forum topic by SANROMAN posted 07-17-2015 09:01 PM 2006 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question kresco saw

Like the title says I’m fairly new to the whole woodworking scene. I used to do it allot when I was in high school, but that was over 5 years ago. I’ve recently started picking it up again little by little. My cousin gave me a few tools she found in her shed. One of these was a really nice kresco circular saw. It looked to be in good condition and turned on. It seemed to be working fine at first, but it started to get really hot and smelling really bad. It has since stopped working. I just wanted to see if anybody could help me fix it or set me on the right path of finding out how to. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 09:39 PM

Congratulations on joining the best group to learn from in the world!

Well, to tell you the truth, it is probably damaged beyond economical repair.

It isn’t a well known brand and the plate isn’t very good.

You may be able to take it to an electric motor repair shop and have them repair it, but it sounds like you tried more than a few times to make it work which probably caused more damage to the internal windings.
Anytime you continue to heat a circuit that isn’t working correctly causes more damage until at some point it will quit working.

At this point I would polish it up and use it for a nice door stop. It sure is a pretty unit!

If any of this sounds harsh, I don’t mean it to, (not like my normal answers), I just want to help you learn how to handle equipment and keep it in good repair.

At least this wasn’t a very expensive lesson. Now you can take about $50 and buy a nice MAkita, Milwaukee, Dewalt, etc from a pawn shop or flea market.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 10:03 PM

Open it up and see what is wrong with it.. most likely needs bearings and/or brushes. It’s already dead, so taking it apart isn’t going to hurt it any :)


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#3 posted 07-17-2015 11:44 PM

What Brad said. if the brushes look in good condition, check them to see that the copper wire in the springs isn’t twisted. That would cause the brush not to make the necessary contact.
Also, if the blade rotates somewhat freely, then your bearings are good, but if it’s pretty tight, they could be bad. ......... Jerry (in Tucson.

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