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Saw motor runs but blade does not turn, nor is it loose. I realize it is direct drive (ie not belt driven) - any ideas as to problem and solution?

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  • craigb857 Apr 20, 2009

    Delta - solved, didnt realize this was belt driven, disassembled housing and found broken belt - thanks

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    efs_perpends May 11, 2010

    make and model of saw?

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I actually asked that question as a skeptic. I've never seen a direct drive table saw in 25+ years as a cabinetmaker... But I'm glad you got it solved!

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