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Where can I find a switch for a Craftsman model 315.10961 circular saw? Sears says the part is no longer available and no substitutes. Good saw, bad switch, but I hate to throw it away for one little part.

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Take it to Lowes or Home Depot and they have switches that will work. My Lowes Hardware Store even will take it out and put in replacement switch.

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I ran into the exact problem. No support for my old, old radial arm saw.

I took the top off the arm, removed the old broken switch and replaced it by screwing a standard electrical box to the top of the arm, extending the wires and then using a standard light switch to make/break the circuit. Looks kinda dorky, but it works fine. There's no relay involved, as the motor has a step/start capacitor.

As always, this is my work around, and I do not recommend or advise you to do anything you're not comfortable with. All I'm saying is that you'll have to find another solution to the fact that the switch is no longer available. The saw works great, btw, and the switch is very handy on top of the saw arm. Good luck.

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The trigger operated switch should be available if you look at the switch itself and read the numbers off of it and find it on the web, its a pain but it beats buying a new saw because a cheap switch failed.

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according to the Sears website this part is no longer available and they have no substitute available for it. Wish I had better news for you.

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Need substitute switch part for sears saw

Sorry , but go buy a new saw. Your not going to find an aftermarket
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Trying to rig some other switch is not worth the trouble over buying a new one. If the switch is not available, then the saw is old.


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I have repaired many craftsman circular saws over the years and find that they share some parts with other brands. When sears drops a model number you must try to discover who made it for them. You did not list a model number, however when I need to identify a saw w/o the number I look at old part breakdowns and look on ebay for similar looking saws. Try and identify which manufacture made it for sears. Many were made by skill over the years so I start there. Once I find a good match, I check for available new parts. If not available, I check pawn shops and small tool repair shops for used parts, even burned out armature then have it rewound at If you value your old saw take the extra time to look around, if not buy a good used saw at a pawn shop. I prefer Makita or Milwaukee good used about 40-70$; good used craftsman 20-30$, take a good look at the armature commutator and check that the arbor bearing is tight. Good Luck and email if you have questions.

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I need the owners manual for a Craftsman circular saw cordless magnesium laser-trac. the model #SMARTCHARGE LITHIUM-ION BATTERY CHARGER IS 320.25709

Craftsman owner's manuals are available from You'll have to register with this Sears site to download, but they are otherwise free of charge.

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