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I have a year old dewalt reciprocating saw DSC381, It has just stopped working when i pull the trigger nothing happens, and if i giggle the tool hard enough it starts working for a little bit or sometimes with very low speed, is there a way to fix this problem to get it running again?

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SOURCE: Dewalt DW303 reciprocating saw

go to www.dewaltservicenet.com look for the icon find it now.enter the model # of the tool & search

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

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SOURCE: Reciprocating saw stops reciprocating

your missing a tooth on a large round gear in the gearbox.

when the gear on the engine rotates into the position where the little engine gear spins because there is no tooth to come into contact with the engine runs but the gearbox doesnt spin, hence no reciprocation, but engine runs.

if you bump the blade it will start going again, but when you cut it will stop offasionally in mid cut. you can repair this but stop using it the engine gear will be destroyed otherwise

I have a dewalt dw303 that you can use for parts, I need a new trigger or something the motor is dead and I found a new saw. go to craigslist.org, rochester ny tools section and look for dewalt dw303 that is my listing. for ten bucks ill sell you all the gears you need. i think it is close to the same model, i am sure it is the same gearbox.

try opening your gearbox, im positive that is what is wrong.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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It sounds like the cord has a broken wire in it or there is a loose wire at the switch. Unplug tool and if you are comfortable in removing the handle halves look at the switch wiring and I pull gently on the wires from the cord to see if a can pull one out. Let me know if you still need assistance and I will go into more detail.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: My Dewalt DW938 battery powered reciprocating saw is eratic as to the reciprocating motion. The motor always turns when the trigger is depressed but the reciprocating action either doesn't start o

sounds like you have a gear problem, I suggest going to dewaltservicenet.com and typing in yoru model number so you can download a schematic for this tool. you have a problem in the gearcase area.

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your missing a tooth on a large round gear in the gearbox.

when the gear on the engine rotates into the position where the little engine gear spins because there is no tooth to come into contact with the engine runs but the gearbox doesnt spin, hence no reciprocation, but engine runs.

if you bump the blade it will start going again, but when you cut it will stop offasionally in mid cut. you can repair this but stop using it the engine gear will be destroyed otherwise

I have a dewalt dw303 that you can use for parts, I need a new trigger or something the motor is dead and I found a new saw. go to craigslist.org, rochester ny tools section and look for dewalt dw303 that is my listing. for ten bucks ill sell you all the gears you need. i think it is close to the same model, i am sure it is the same gearbox.

try opening your gearbox, im positive that is what is wrong.

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