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Druid

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12-27-2017 05:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw safety inspection power cord

Over the years I have been a Sears tool purchaser, including my Sears Craftsman Tablesaw, but last week I had a small problem with it. I have an old habit that my father taught me . . . BEFORE plugging in, and starting my tablesaw, I have the habit of giving the blade a manual spin to make sure that the blade is free of any possible debris that could have been left behind by the previous user. As I gave the blade a spin, I could hear a faint tapping noise coming from the blade. An inspection of the interior of the tablesaw soon revealed the problem. When the saw was produced, the power cord was routed inside the housing so that it would be clear of any moving parts, but the cord was held in place by only one plastic clip that had been installed with double-sided tape. The adhesive had dried out and let go, resulting in the power cord shifting to a new position where it would have become quite intimate with the teeth of the blade once the saw was turned on. The possibilities could have been shocking. ;)

Here is the cord clip that was supposed to keep the power cord safe.

My power cord is now mechanically secured (no double-sided tape) well clear of the saw blade, and checked for all heights and angles of the blade.

Just a thought for owners of a similar model . . .
When was the last time any of us even thought to give the interior of our tablesaw a safety inspection?

Have a safe day in the shop.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada


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stefang

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 11:22 AM

Good thing you found this John. I have to wonder at manufacturers who do things like this. It is such an obviously bad idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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bushmaster

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 03:42 PM

Fathers know best…. Great tip about spinning the blade.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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lew

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 04:46 PM

Thanks for the heads-up on this one, John!

Glad you listened to your Dad!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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P89DC

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 06:18 PM

As ugly as that is, if there’s good electrical ground the breaker will pop.

1.) That’s why it’s so important to have proper electrical ground. Without it there’s a chance for electric shock/electrocution when single point failures such as this occur.

2.) GFI outlets offer even more safety for this type of fault.

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Druid

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#5 posted 12-27-2017 07:17 PM

P89DC – I fully agree with your comments, although there is the slim possibility that the blade could cut the ground conductor first. The grounding point on this saw is right at the motor housing, not at the first point of attachment to the frame. So, if the ground conductor is severed first, there is the remote possibility of the unit becoming live without the breaker being tripped. I was trained to establish a solid ground right at the first entry point of the power into a piece of equipment, rather than routing the cabling past moving parts and then grounding.
To me, the method of wiring this saw appears to have been a “cost saving” decision, but my main point in posting this was to suggest that safety inspections are well worth doing.

Thanks to all for the comments.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 12-27-2017 11:55 PM

Lucky you found the problem Druid.
Just goes to show how important an ELCB or circuit breaker can be to shut off the power in an instant.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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PCDub

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#7 posted 12-28-2017 12:02 AM

I’ll check my 113.x Craftsman tomorrow…

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 09:06 PM

Who would have guessed the cord was there. Good practice to follow, John!

It could have been and exciting or shocking experience!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 01-01-2018 03:36 PM

Wow. Glad you caught that!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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PCDub

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#10 posted 01-02-2018 04:45 AM



I ll check my 113.x Craftsman tomorrow…

- PCDub


Cord on mine is hanging out the back around to the switch. Asked the previous owner, and apparently the motor was rebuilt, and they were wise enough to not run the cord back up inside!

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Druid

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#11 posted 01-02-2018 06:12 AM

PCDub – Interesting followup on your saw. Sounds like whoever did the rebuild on yours had the same thoughts as I did on the original cable routing.
Good to know that yours is now wired safely. :)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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