Craftsman radial arm saw won't reset!

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Forum topic by thebigmuddy posted 03-16-2016 09:09 AM 1733 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2016 09:09 AM

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I was using my raial arm saw and it kicked out, this has happened before and I just hit the reset button and after it
rests for a while it always restarts, not this time though. Anyone else have this issue? Is there anything I can do, take the motor apart, smack it with a 2×4, or I am just SOL?

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 12:55 PM

Dumb question, but you checked the circuit breaker?

If it has a thermal overload switch that won’t reset the switch is probably bad. You would have to bypass it to find out if it is truly the switch or the motor itself. If you didn’t let the smoke out my money is on the switch or the wiring to it.

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 01:07 PM

Do you have it plugged into a power strip? If so check that.

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 02:00 PM

Is this one of those digital models? Mine had a capacitor that burned out. It was expensive from Sears but very cheap from Graingers. The installation was fast and easy.

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 05:53 PM

I own and use a Craftsman 10” RAS from 1978 that trips this over heat button/switch on the motor housing when sawing extra heavy hard woods occasionally and takes about 4-5 minutes to cool then will reset, however on a few occasions it had also tripped the 20A circuit breaker on the panel board. Please try resetting both and unplug and replug the cable. it won’t cost ya but an extra minute. I am anxious to hear your results for a fix.

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 06:27 PM

Wouldn’t hurt to blow out the motor. switches, and any where you can with compressed air. The buildup of sawdust will contribute to over heating.

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 11:22 PM

Okay, the circuit is okay, blew out the dust, etc., finally I removed the switch, destroying it in the process. I expected to find two wires that I could connect and be back in business, but instead I found four wires… not sure where to go from here. Any ideas?

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#7 posted 03-18-2016 02:34 AM

Most likely a DPST switch since the machine can be wired for either 120 or 240v.


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