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11-30-2012 05:32 PM


I have been given a table saw and want to repair it. It has been used and is a couple of years old. It will not turn on. Can I replace the switch or maybe the motor. And is the cost of replacing worth it?


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#1 posted 11-30-2012 06:17 PM

Might just be a bad cord, or saw dust in the switch.

I wouldn’t consider replacing the motor if that’s the problem.
It’s about a $200 saw. See them in working order on CL for less than $100 all the time.

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 10:48 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

I bought a BT3000 17 yeas ago, as a second TS to my Unisaw. It has 2000 plus hours on it and still running great.
It is however, a little under powered when it comes to ripping 2 inch and thicker hardwood but, that being said, it’s just fine for most 1x lumber, and I use thin kerf blades on it.
The arbor will not accomodate a stacked dado blade set.

If I had seen the comments recently posted here on LJs, back then, I may not have bought it, but for what I’ve used it for, a lot of job site and trim work, I have no regrets.

As Michael stated, it may just need a new cord or switch, if the arbor spins freely.

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 10:55 PM

This saw has a big fan base with their own website:
Replacement parts can be found on

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 11:37 PM

I’ve owned a BT3000 and it was a good little saw but they are not worth a lot of money, so I would not invest a lot into it. One other problems is that these saws don’t have miter slots and that can make it hard to make a lot of jigs for this table saw.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 12:15 AM

Lot’s of misconceptions about the BT series and the newer Sears/Craftsman series of the same saw.

Mine was almost new when I got it a couple of years ago. It came with the extra miter slot accessory table that has two miter slots and can be placed on either side of the blade.

It has a OEM sliding miter table with either a short @18” gauge or a long,@36” gauge.

The motor is a universal and runs with 2 belts.

It is built to handle a Dado set, although only a 6” pack. It will work with a 8” pack up to about 5/8” (IIRC).

I agree that it’s a little under powered. But if you are coming from a cheap table saw or no table saw, you are going in the right direction.

If you can find them for $100 or less, buy them and strip them out! there is a market for parts and they sell well on eBay.

I often work with 2” plus Bodark, (The hardest wood in North America), and the wood will dull a blade in about 100’ of wood, especially if you are using cheap blades.
I just took an Onsrud blade off that has been cutting well since June 2011. I finally had to give up with it and send it off to be sharpened.
I replaced it with a Freud Diablo 1024x and it is not nearly as good as the Onsrud.

Bottom line, it’s a good starter saw or a great jobsite saw, although it can be fussy on setup.

The starting problem sounds like a switch problem, which, if you join BT3 Central there is a member that will send you a new switch free! (Tell Black Walnut I said HI!).

Good luck, don’t be afraid to put it through it’s paces! Once you have it up and running and aligned correctly you’ll be a happy camper!

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 12:42 AM

The BT3000 is the earlier iteration of this saw; later was the BT3100. As far as I know, the only change was to boost the motor amps from 12 or 13 to 15. Can someone verify whether this is true? Oh, I believe the stand was different on the newer version too. I had a BT3100 for a couple of years, and never found it underpowered. I used a Diablo blade. I am unaware of any other 10” saw that can cut a 4X4 in one cut. I came to like that saw quite a bit, though I admit I didn’t use the sliding miter very much, but a SMC instead. Sold it when I got a well-used Unisaw, because I lacked room for both. I never used it as a jobsite saw because it was a bit heavy and awkward to move.
Can’t help wondering about C’man’s version of it. Sears puts out contracts for bid, and may use Ryobi, Skil, Black and Decker, and probably others according to whoever can cut the most corners and cost Sears the least. I have come to be convinced that Sears always specifies crappy bearings and other critical parts in their tools. I had their little jobsite saw for a while. When you started it up, you could see the blade wobble about 3/16” until it got to speed and smoothed out. Under load, it slowed down and the wobble returned, of course leaving significant saw marks on the work. It sounded like they had used pea gravel for the ball bearings. Noisiest saw I ever used. So I’m wondering if anybody’s tried the Craftsman version of the BT3100, and what your impression of it is.

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 12:55 AM

”The BT3000 is the earlier iteration of this saw; later was the BT3100. As far as I know, the only change was to boost the motor amps from 12 or 13 to 15. Can someone verify whether this is true? ”

I can’t verify all the changes, but I’m fairly sure some of the later BT3000’s also had 15 amp motors too, though earlier versions were definitely 13 amps. IIRC, there were also some changes to the shim design, which was a weak spot on the the BT3000. The guys at BT3 Central could tell you definitively off the top of their heads what the differences are.

My understanding is that the Cman version is indeed made by Ryobi, and that most parts are interchangeable with the BT3000 and BT3100.

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 03:22 PM

To determine if it’s the switch or the motor unplug the motor cord from the outlet on the side of the saw and plug it into an extension cord, if the motor comes on you know it’s the switch, if not the motor is bad.

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