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Forum topic by rz235 posted 09-07-2014 04:54 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2014 04:54 PM

My older brother’s health is declining and he is no longer able to work with wood. He recently gave me our father’s old Skil model 825 saw. I’m not sure how old it is, but I remember my father using it when I was a kid in the late 1960s and it did not look like a new tool then. The serial number is all numeric (no letter) and the old metal box has a leather handle. The last time I used it was in 1982 when my mother hired someone to rebuild the kitchen cabinets. He needed to replace a piece of rotten floor and his sidewinder saw bogged cutting the subfloor. I pulled out the old Skil and cut it no problem.

After I brought the saw home, I replaced the cord and the oil and tried it out. It ran as good as ever, but after several cuts the power switch stuck in the on position.

Can anyone give me an idea where I can purchase a switch for the old saw?

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 05:08 PM

Not really, but take the handle apart first and check the switch
for debris. It could be something like a broken spring
which is not so bad to mcgyver a solution for.

You can look on ebay for parts from knackered saws
and new plastic switches from modern saws may

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 05:44 PM

It appears that the Skil model 77, 367 and 825 all shared similar parts based on a quick search at searspartsdirect.. the switch (P/N 23451) shows as unavailable, but a search for that part number turned up this switch at for about $10.

Not sure if it’s the same, but if you pull the old switch, you might find a part number that you could use to verify.

And as Loren pointed out, you might be able to get the existing switch to work if a replacement can’t be found. They are pretty simple little devices and the hardest part is figuring out how to open them up (and getting them back together). Usually it’s just the contacts need cleaning or some debris got in there to prevent contact, and sometimes you can get lucky by just hitting it with a good blast of air from your compressor.


PS: Here is a video from that shows how to replace the switch:

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