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Forum topic by Jdub1 posted 08-23-2016 01:14 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2016 01:14 PM

Does anyone know where I can find a switch for my Dewalt 704 Radial Arm saw? I have been searching online but it comes up as obsolete.

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#1 posted 08-23-2016 03:05 PM

I’m thinking that’s a 740, and unless you find someone parting out another one you probably won’t find an OEM replacement. That would leave you to create something on your own, like just use a double pole, single throw toggle switch or some other substitute. There are 2 other forums that may be helpful with this: the fist would be Vintage Machinery (started as Old Woodworking Machinery and later expanded to cover metal working tools as well). They specialize in American made older machines and someone there might have a switch or a suggestion for a workaround. Their classifieds section is called BOYD (bring out your dead). the other would be the Dewalt RAS forum and they have some parts hoarders there that may have one on hand. The software platform for the Dewalt forum is extremely (should be capitalized) outdated/antiquated but you have a real good chance of finding what you need…or an alternative. Best of luck with this effort!

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#2 posted 08-23-2016 04:01 PM

try OWWM …....sometimes I get lucky there


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#3 posted 08-23-2016 07:23 PM

Remove the switch from the saw and try to match it up in an electronics parts catalog, like Mouser Electronics or Newark Electronics

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#4 posted 08-26-2016 02:33 PM

I went to the suggested websites and found them very interesting. I ordered a DPST toggle switch from Grainger and mounted it in an .025” aluminum plate that I cut to fit. It looks and works great. I also put a new cord, motor, blade and table on the saw and cleaned and adjusted it. Fred, It is a 740. Thanks to everyone for the help.

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