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My table saw motor began to race, then whine, then stop. Is there some lubrication that I was supposed to put in the motor?

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Sounds like a bearing busted or complete motor failure (armature comm bar seperation). When a bearing is operational there is some resistance to the armature. I think some of the balls busted out when the motor was running. This would have caused the motor to "race" because the resistance would have been lower. The whine may have been from the ball cage finally getting wrapped up and causing friction. And of course the motor stop because it got burned up. There could be many different causes for this end result. If you are uncomfortable going into the motor it would be best to bring it to a professional repair facility. This is not going to be a quick fix, and an experienced hand will be able to pinpoint the problem a lot quicker because of his/her trained eye and problemsolving. Depending on the model, there are many different ways with which to diagnose the problem. I may be able to help if you could provide the brand, model, and serial #.

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