Should I replace the breaker on Delta 36-540 table-saw?

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Forum topic by wildbill001 posted 04-04-2011 03:38 PM 2372 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2011 03:38 PM

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Quite a while back I picked up a Delta table-saw, 36-540 for next to nothing (ok, stop laughing, it does what I need it to do most of the time.) Recently, the breaker that is part of the saw keeps tripping for what I think is no apparent reason. I’ve blown the dust out of the bottom on the saw, replaced the blade with a new Freud Diablo rip and that helped a bit. The breaker is only about $20.00 but before I spend that, is there any way to test the old one to make sure that is the problem?

For those curious, I only rip on this saw, mostly soft to medium-hard woods.

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 04-04-2011 03:52 PM

If you have an amp meter or a friend that does you could check the draw on the motor when you are ripping a piece of wood. If not jumper out the overload and give it a try ( keep a close eye and ear on the saw ) If it is something major your breaker will trip. If the saw runs fine and the breaker stays on replace the overload.

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 03:54 PM

It might be motor that needs repair ,and not the breaker
Where is the breaker located?
In the motor?

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 08:05 PM

breaker is located next to the on/off switch, NOT on or in the motor.

The motor always sounds fine as the breaker trips.

I”ll ask around and see if anyone I know has an amp meter. I’m tempted to just spend the $15-20 and replace the breaker. That would almost double what I have in the saw….

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