Table Saw Wiring Question

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Forum topic by capnbobbo posted 09-30-2014 11:07 AM 732 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2014 11:07 AM

I have an older Craftsman table saw and the switch went bad. I removed the wires from the switch and connected the power cord directly to the motor. When I plugged it in, I got smoke at the plug-in. Factory wiring had both grounds going to a little block then grounding to the saw bed, I did not do this. Is this my problem? If I ground it to the table, will it shock me? Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 01:15 PM

All parts of the saw should be grounded, those that might be isolated by how the saw was designed have a dedicated ground wire going to them as you’ve mentioned. This is intentional and serves to protect the user from getting shocked. If you have a situation where the hot wire contacts part of the motor, frame or table and it’s not grounded, you have an excellent chance of getting shocked.

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