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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 12-22-2012 10:17 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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12-22-2012 10:17 PM

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I moved my table saw from my garage (where it has been used for the last few years) to the storage shed where I keep my boat. That was yesterday. Today I went over there to rip one last board.

It won’t run! I double checked the extension cord and it is OK. It provides power to the battery charger on the boat. I also have a second extension cord. Neither one seemed to make any difference.

I pushed the reset button several times on the saw but that didn’t do any good. Dammit. Worked yesterday just fine. Moved it and now it won’t run.

I might also mention that to haul it, we turned it upside down and laid it flat in the truck. Is there some sort of tilt kill switch I don’t know about? I have never had any problem with this saw, nor did my dad. The blade turns freely with no binding, no rattling or any other kind of noise.

Sears Craftsman 10 inch TS (circa 1977)
Serial # 113.295820 I found the manual on line.

Any help appreciated
Thanks
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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bandit571

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 10:49 PM

When you push that reset bottom in, is it without any power to the saw. There should be a loud “click” heard when the reset buttom does reset. Two, check where the cord from the motor to the switch goes in. It is just like an extension cord between the two points. If the plug going into the switch is a little loose, and not all the way in, won’t start. As a test, take the plug out of the switch that comes from the motor. Plug that into your extension cord. IF the motor starts up, pull the plug. Trouble is now isolated into that switch.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 10:59 PM

View this as a sign to get a new saw :) I owned that vintage sears saw not my favorite for a lot of reasons.
Good luck on resolving your problem.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 11:11 PM

When the saw was in your shop were you using an extension cord? If that extension is a little lamp cord, it’s not heavy enough to power the TS. You’ll want a nice heavy cord (10 or 12 gage ) to supply enough juice.

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bandit571

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 11:21 PM

This is the motor on my 113 saw.

Does it look something like this?

I replace the cord from the motor to the switch, old cord was getting worn out. I bought this saw at Sears, new in box. Turned down those finger catching iron grates they called wings. Been running good ever since.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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bandit571

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 11:26 PM

I lay the cord to the extension cord across the belts. It is a way to: 1) keep the cord off the floor, so i don’t trip over it, and :2) shows me that the saw is unplugged.

If you have an Ohm meter, check the switch to see IF the contacts are working right. Might the area where the power is getting “stopped” at.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 12-22-2012 11:32 PM

had this problem once, blow dust out of motor , take of belt see if it will kick on like that

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Loren

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#7 posted 12-22-2012 11:37 PM

Switch is often a culprit in motors that won’t go. Bypass
the switch to check.

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 01:09 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I have found a potential culprit. After reading through the manual, I discovered that the starter relay has a gravity switch. In the trouble shooting section under “motor won run”, it says to “Tilt the motor upright”. :-)

So, I am hoping the switch is just stuck and maybe a little rap on the side will help.

@Jim – “View this as a sign to get a new saw :) “

That is why I moved it. A new Grizzly 1023 RLW is sitting at the terminal in Houston scheduled for delivery next Wednesday. :-)

Here is my saw. The Vega fence really helped the saws performance.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 06:13 AM

Sounds like you found it, but here is another suggestion just in case: check the power switch. If dust gets in there, the contacts can get covered and prevent the tool from turning on. I’ve seen it happen on a few old tools of mine… just a thought.

-- Allen, Colorado

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