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I have a Craftsman table saw a few weeks back had problems getting the saw to run....would have to hit the switch several times to make it run. Once it was running it was good until I shut it down, then I would have to hit the switch 5 or so times to get it to run again. Today it did the same thing and now just wont run. The blade turns freely by hand and is not binded or anything. Does this sound like a bearing? Brushes?

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Replace the switch?
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