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Old 02-05-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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I have a Hitachi 10" miter saw that is roughly over 5 years old in which the electronic brake stopped working. So when it's plugged in it starts running and when the trigger is pressed won't do anything.

Is this something that can be fixed at a reasonable amount or am I better off buying another saw. I've seen refurbished Hitachi's on Amazon for $100 while the Harbor Freight 12" slider is on sale for $140 (just not really a fan of HF).

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:57 AM   #2
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Sounds more like a bad switch then the brake.
Should be able to open it up and just test the switch with the wires disconnected with an ohm meter.

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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How involved is a switch replacement?
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:05 AM   #4
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Takes me about 15 min.
Take a look at the screws they may be Torx's
Make sure to make a little diagram where the wires go.
Most will need a small flat jewelers screw drive to depress the spring clip holding the wire to the switch.
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I did some additional research and it appears the switch is a common issue. I did a quick search and ordered a replacement switch for $11...hopefully that should do the trick.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:25 PM   #6
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switch is most likely.. if it is infact the electric brake it can also be the brushes

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