Rewiring table saw switch on craftsman 113.27520

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Forum topic by dgambrell posted 09-08-2015 03:06 AM 652 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2015 03:06 AM

Hey Folks,

I’m pretty brand spanking new at all of this and was given and old Craftsman 10in table saw. Being unexperienced, I have a strong desire to keep all of my digits. Which brings me to my issue.

The saw currently has a simple toggle switch located on the motor at what I believe is the back of the saw. This doesn’t seem the safest setup. I’d like to rewire the saw and put a paddle switch on the front of the saw as this would make me feel a lot more comfortable. But I don’t know a ton about electrical stuff or table saws. So here are a few questions I have:

1. How would I extend the wires from the current location at the back of the saw, to where I will ultimately need them for the switch at the front of the saw, in such a way that they aren’t at risk of being nicked or pulled on?
2. Currently there are only two wires coming from the motor to the current switch but they look exactly the same color to me. How do I tell them apart and which goes where in the new switch? I’m attaching pictures of the wiring of the current switch.
3. Basically if you were doing this project what steps would you take. I’m over my depth and could use any help or advice.

By the way it is a 1hp motor wired for 110v. Any help is greatly appreciated.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 03:15 AM

Rip that stuff out to start. And a pic of where to wires go into the motor would help also.

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#2 posted 09-08-2015 03:26 AM

Rip out everything but the wires going to the motor. Purchase and mount your paddle switch where you want. Run power to one side of the paddle switch, routed however is convenient/practical. Run wires from other side of the paddle switch to motor, and use some wire nuts to secure.

For your question #2, it doesn’t matter what colors they are – it’s A/C not D/C. Both wires are used and will go to the switched side of your paddle switch. The switch should come with a wiring diagram so you know which ones those are.


PS: Unused extension cords or computer power cords make good wire for stuff like this.

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#3 posted 10-03-2016 03:11 AM

If you still have the 113.27520 then please take a look at this riving knife mod

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