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1975 vintage Craftsman 10" table saw motor will kick circuit breaker out after about 5 to 10 mins just free running with no load, cutting nothing. Is motor worn out? Can't find manual so to know if need order replacement motor?

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Feel the outer case of the motor to detect how hot it has become. I would suggest the windings are shorting out and causing it to overheat. The safety detection part is preventing it from catching fire. I would be replacing the motor if it was mine

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