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On Craftsman tablesaw/model 137.248830, was ripping some 2x4's, went to make next cut and saw wouldn't turn on. Pressed reset button, but that didn't help. Button seemed "soft". Cleaned out sawdust from box around switch and reset button. Still will not start.

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. This had happened once earlier and I don't remember what I did to make it run again. It was working fine - cut once and for the next cut,it just wouldn't fire up.

  • Ron Carstens May 02, 2009

    I have the identical problem. For no apparent reason this model seems to just cut out with no solution. I have tested the power source, no problem there, have crawled around under and into the underside of the saw to check the electrical connections and see no apparent problems, have cleaned the underside of the saw where the electrical cords and switches are to no avail. This is the second table saw I've had problems with from Craftsman. Hope someone out there has a solution!

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I just bought this saw used off of e-bay. Got it home check to see if it would run, It did. The next day got the saw out and nothing. By passed the breaker and the switch and it ran fine. Ended up taking the switch out and apart I found that there is a rocker inside that either rocks in one direction (off) or the other direction is (on). the on side has a contact similar to a points contact on an older vehicle. Mine had some saw dust between the contact thus no power. wiped it out and the saw was fine.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

  • mdavis394 May 13, 2011

    That was the ticket. Worked great, thanks for your help Mike. Greatly appreciated!!!

  • wrmccall Sep 03, 2011

    Had exactly the same issue. Thanks for posting your solution which made my fix very quick! I also duct taped the box after reassembling everything in hope it won't get any more saqwdust inside.

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This just happened on mine and I took apart the switch from underneath. It snaps in by 2 plastic clips. There is a metal lever/bar that slipped to the side. I just re-seated it and was up and running again.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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My Craftman 10-in Tablesaw (Model # 137.248830) was working but it just stopped all of a sudden. Sound like the same problem you had? Well, I took the switch out like other here suggested. I carefully pulled back the plastic snaps on the sides and opened it up and sure enough, there was all kinds of dust in it. I also saw that the contact areas were blackened a little so I used some sand paper to clean them off as well. I put everything back together and it worked. I am so happy now. If you are having similar problem that is probably what it is. At first I didn’t think any dust could get in there but it sure did. Be carful pulling the switch apart. Do loose the little copper rocker piece. It can fall out really easy. Watch out for the little black plastic rounded rod that comes out of the top of the switch as well.

Thank you for everybody that posted these suggestions. They helped me.

JV

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First be sure there's power at the saw. Next, if your "older model"
reset button popped, you can try jumping the terminals on the reset button and then giving a moments power to the saw. Just a moment now... the reset button exists for a reason, one of which is to prevent a fire, so don't go running the saw with the jumper in place. If the saw starts for a moment with the jumper in place, then you probably still have crud in the reset button housing. In that case, put a needlepoint attachment on your air compressor, safety glasses on your face, and really go to town on that reset button. Tap it, shake it, press the button, blow it with your needlepoint nozzle. Repeat and repeat and repeat. And when you think you're done repeat some more. I mean repeat a LOT. Sawdust gets jammed deep in the switch housing and it takes quite a while to clean it out speck by speck. Patience grasshopper! (And for your next project consider making some kind of sawdust deflector to help prevent the problem from recurring.)

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I had the same problem and I just bypassed the fuse switch as well (I should have bypassed trying to call someone at Sears that know tools). Anyway, it worked like a charm. A powerstrip is my new off/on and I'm back to work.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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Did you check that the circuit breaker did not trip, and there is power at the plug you are using?

A long extension cord or low voltage will sometimes cause the breaker to trip.

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yes you can and here is a nice online manual that is free and you can even print out if you like

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