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Forum topic by chetrog posted 04-10-2015 01:41 AM 821 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chetrog

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04-10-2015 01:41 AM

I had a stroke years ago, and sometimes I don’t have the best ways to explain stuff, but I’m hoping somebody could help me with a question about a circular saw. I was using my my circular saw and it all of a sudden it doesn’t work. I was cutting a 4×6 pressure treated board. I cut the board on one side “the blade was to short to cut it in on cut” and flipped the board over to cut the other side and the saw work turn on anymore. The saw sounded good and I was cutting slow. The circular saw uses a light work and uses a red inferred beam that i can still see, so the outlet is still giving power to the saw. Also the blade is still movable, it isn’t being blocked buy wood or the motor doesn’t appear to be seized. Is there anything I can use to try. I assume there isn’t a breaker on a saw, but just want to check if there is something i can check. I have the saw about 6 months, but have only used it about 8 times. I don’t want to buy a new one. Thanks for your time.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.


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#1 posted 04-10-2015 01:44 AM

Have you tried spinning the blade by hand then trying it? Have you checked the brushes?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 01:46 AM

What model saw and is it still under warranty? Sounds like a bad switch… probably too new for the brushes to be toast.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 01:53 AM

Durp. Forgot about the switch.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 01:54 AM

I had that happen to my old Skil brand circular saw.
Took it apart and there was a bunch of saw dust packed up in the switch.
Gave it a good cleaning, put it back together, and it’s good as new.

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#5 posted 04-10-2015 02:01 AM

Look on the motor sometimes there is a red button near where the cord enters the motor give it a positive push, this will reset the overload and you are back sawing.

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#6 posted 04-10-2015 03:42 AM

Check your extension cord. Make sure the power from the outlet is making it all the way to the saw. Maybe a broken wire in the cord

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#7 posted 04-12-2015 01:30 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will be taking it apart tomorrow.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#8 posted 04-12-2015 02:37 AM

I loved my Skilsaws , but they had an issue with their triggers dying I had the same 2 8” skils for 13 to 15yrs and I got to the point where I bought 4 triggers at a time. Those saws could cut all day every day they had the best toughest beds that didn’t bend from falling off a work table to the ground and they were heavy enough to keep all the sissies from using them.

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