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I have an old circular saw that is all metal housing and was a two wire cord. It looks like there should've been a wire going to the switch and the other to the motor winding?

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The 2 wires black [power/hot] white[ground/neutral] black should connect to one side of switch other side of switch should continue to one side of winding and other side of winding to white

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