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sheslostcontrol 05-28-2011 05:45 AM

Radial arm saw stopped working
Hi all, I have a Craftsman radial arm saw (10" blade). Last week I was cutting wood and the blade caught on knot and stopped. Before I could reach up and stop the motor, the saw turned off by itself.

I checked the outlet, breaker box and neither tripped.

Do these things have a fuse built in somewhere? I saw a red "RESET BUTTON" on top of the motor and pressed, but this doesn't do anything.

PaliBob 05-29-2011 02:07 AM

Thanks for including the pic. I have the 1985 version of that Sears Radial Arm Saw but since I have not used it that much the only thing I can say is for you to do is to recheck the AC Power connections and the reset button. (I never had to use the reset button)

Here is an interesting review on that Saw.

BigJim 05-29-2011 06:33 AM

The best I can remember that saw has a reset button on the back of it, give that a try.

iamrfixit 05-29-2011 07:34 AM

If you tried the reset right after the motor stalled, you may want to try it again. Many times it will not reset right away and has to allow things to cool off. I don't know about your particular saw but sometimes those resets have to be pressed fairly hard and sometimes repeatedly to get it reset and it will usually reset with a click, but I have seen some reset with no click.

Since you stalled the motor it most likely did trip the reset, or possibly even the breaker to the outlet.

sheslostcontrol 05-30-2011 11:29 AM

I waited a few days, the switch was fully pressed in and would not go in further. The circuit itself is not tripped, as I am able to run other devices on the same receptacle.

At this point I am at a loss. It's such a good saw, in like-new condition.

Tom Struble 05-30-2011 02:18 PM

does the trigger click when you depress it?

sheslostcontrol 05-30-2011 03:41 PM

No clicks, no humming, nothing.

Tom Struble 05-30-2011 04:55 PM

bad trigger maybe,raise up the blade so it's not contacting anything and lock it, carefullytap around the trigger assembly while you work it

NWFixer 05-30-2011 06:07 PM

if you can get it working I would suggest you get the free upgrade/recall kit for it. it might save some fingers

rdf123 08-06-2011 02:59 PM

Hello All...

Did the original poster of this thread ever get this issue resolved. I had the same thing happened to me today. I took the cover off the motor and blew it all out...waited about 45 minutes for it to cool and still no start. I did have one question about the motor though...The wire runs from the breaker to a small piece of flat copper (1) which in turn extends down behind (2). The disk(2) seems spring loaded and moves in the direction of the arrow. It is still warm from after the stall, maybe it will work if it cools some more. Could anyone explain how this works and what it does?


Thanks in advance for the help


sheslostcontrol 08-06-2011 05:12 PM

Hi -- to answer your question, no I did not fix the saw yet. I was in a rush, so I bought a second used RAS on craigslist. I hope to tear into the broken on at some point.

rdf123 08-09-2011 09:07 AM

Update....The breaker button was not pushed down all the way!!! It seems to have 2 different steps in the button. It was clicking everytime I pushed it...therefore making me think I was resetting it. Thank goodness for my temper....I got so frustrated I squeezed the button really hard and heard a second louder click. I tried the saw and it worked. The only problem is I will have to take the cover off every time this happens because it took ALOT of pressure on the button to pop that breaker back. But I will worry about that when it happens....I have some wood to cut....

sheslostcontrol 08-09-2011 09:12 AM

What's involved in taking the cover off? I think I pressed mine too hard and it went back inside the cover.

rdf123 08-09-2011 09:17 AM

3 slotted screws underneath...1 on the blade side and 2 on the accessory side they are recessed into the cover in holes...they are not visible unless you look into the holes. (there are a few other screws on there). Then you will see the breaker surrounded by foam...the whole button assembly will come off its mount and you can squeeze it till you hear the second click. I was surprised how hard I had to do it, so really give it a good one.

Best of luck

sheslostcontrol 10-29-2011 02:54 PM

Does anyone know where to get a replacement reset switch? The number on the back of the red button is: CSJ63CA. Sears shows it as unavailable. They still have the big round capacitor, and the switch rdf123 wrote about earlier.

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