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I have a Dewalt DC385 Reciprocating saw, when I hold it with the blade down or level the saw will not work but when I have the blade pointed upwards it works fine. I don't think it is the trigger switch but, at this point I am not certain what it is. Can you help?

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I would look at the battery contacts first for burnt/discolored contact, if so clean with something like a pencil eraser, look at the contacts on the tool also. If these are acceptable then I would think a loose wire inside the handle area is causing. Before disassembly hold tool level and GENTLY tap with a soft hammer to see if you can get it to work and that would be a first indication of a bad connection

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