Missing Switch Key for Radial Saw

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Forum topic by JHB posted 05-21-2012 09:38 PM 5365 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2012 09:38 PM

I am looking for a Switch Key for a Montgomery Ward Radal Saw Mdl#T.P.C. 2610C (Manual is 1972) I bought it at a yard sale, and have somehow lost the Key. Any help or some way to bypass the Safety/Switch Key. Yes it had one when I bought it last week. Still looking for it, can’t find it yet. Any Help would be appreciated. Got it mounted on my work bench, went to turn on and no Key. Monkey Ward does not carry parts for this saw anymore.

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 09:45 PM

Can you remove the switch and then take the switch to a locksmith?

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 10:37 PM

JHB If like the Craftsman, it is probably only a yellow plastic button that fits in a recess in the switch on/off lever (looks like one of those child proof electrical outlet inserts)...The switch itself on a craftsman is “buried” behind that lever and without the key the lever flaps like a free swinging door in the wind.

If the recess is about 1/2” diam and has 2 flat slots, you can try Craftsman parts. I think they were built the same at that time.

I’ve seen somebody use a small nail to engage the switch behind the lever on a table saw but I’d be leery of that on a RAS where if the nail came out it could become airborne.

I’ll look some more and post back…it should be a 50 cent part but by experience will probably be 10x that.

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 11:34 PM

If it’s like these (and it’s the same mounting size), then replacing the switch itself might be less hassle, and might not be a bad idea on an older tool:

If it’s an actual key like you’d have on a key ring, then a locksmith will be able to make a key or sell you a new key switch.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 02:50 PM

I found a company called Tool Parts, that responded to my inquiry. I want to thank all of you for your assistance.
I was somehow able to start the saw by pushing on the inside of the switch after taking it apart. Don’t aske me what I did becasue I have no idea. The saw keeps starting, so as the saying goes. ” If it running don’t screw with it.” I am keeping the saw unplugged when not in use. Here is what the Tool Parts responded with:

We have the replacement trigger switch in stock. It no longer requires a key. The price is $26.99 plus $7.00 S&H. Thank you.
Currently, we are open only Wed. and Thurs., 9:00-4:30, EST.
Please call us then. Thank you.
Toolkraft Parts
PO Box 80777
Springfield, MA 01138-0777
Phone: (413) 737-7331
Fax: (413) 737-1526

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