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Forum topic by rayn posted 02-09-2013 07:11 PM 1192 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2013 07:11 PM

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I went to turn on my Dewalt scrollsaw and nothing happened and I don’t remember any problems in the past when I trurned it off. I checked the fuse and the switch with a VOM and they appear OK Any suggestions?


-- Ray,Iowa

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 07:16 PM

Are you certain that the switch is OK? I had the switch on my Delta table saw break when I turned it off. It broke in the ON position and left the blade spinning. Clearly a safety hazard.

Is there a breaker reset button on the motor? Perhaps a surge when you turned it off popped the internal breaker.

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 09:08 PM

I bought the exact same model used. The same thing happened to me as soon as I got it home. I took the switch apart, cleaned it, & put it back together again. I think the switch or connections just get a little bit of dust or corrosion on them & they stop working. Give it a try. Good luck.

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 09:29 PM

Do you mean the on/off switch on top of the arm? If so I may just try to jump it….Thanks

-- Ray,Iowa

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 11:41 PM

Many DeWalt scroll saw users put clear plastic over the switch to keep the sawdust out of it. Using a floor switch helps but they too can fail because of sawdust.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 11:10 PM

I got it fixed today at the Dewalt service center..It was the switch…. Thanks to all

-- Ray,Iowa

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