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craftsman Radial Arm Saw motor reset button?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
August 21st, 2010

Craftsman Radial Arm Saw Model: 113.198110. Saw quit working under a load.

I have looked at the parts list for the motor and I have looked at the on-line user manual and am unable to find any reference to what I think is a red reset button switch on top of the motor.

I have power to the main switch and coming out of the main switch. I have power to this “red” switch on top of the motor, but no power going down to the motor. I think this “red” switch may be bad. Can this part be ordered?

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I ended up here because I had a similar problem. I was certain that it couldn't be the motor because there was no burning smell when the motor shut down. I too found that I had power after the switch, so I suspected the reset switch (which was not resetting). I pulled the switch out and noted from the back that it was a Klixon brand. I found the picture of the same unit on their website under Phenolic Motor Protectors. They have great schematics that show what is contained inside. While I was reading I was playing with the switch and heard a "click". I decided to put it all back together to see if it had been reset and Voila! - I,m back in business! I,m not sure if this will help because I don't know whether you have the same motor (and your pictures are too blurry to be sure of the reset switch). My saw was bought around 1987 and is NOT epoxied together. My suggestion is to ignore Sears and see if you can get the part from an electrical supply house if you can't get it to reset.
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August 21st, 2010
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Maybe these pictures will help. In the first picture this shows the button on top of the motor. The second picture is the bottom of this button. With the main switch on, there is power to the black wire. In the third picture, this is the wiring going from the button to the motor and there is no power here. I suspect whatever that button is....is the problem, but I can't find that button in the parts list.
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August 18th, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

My question would be when you were using the saw and it quite. Did you smell any odor, like burnt wiring or motor windings. If you did the motor may be bad.

This motor was a composite motor from the factory and was epoxy together and so few internal parts were available. Only the start switch was available but not the overload switch. It is not even listed in the parts illustration.

The motor is still available as a complete assembly.

Part Number: 816845 for around $200.00.

If this has a red reset button on the motor and it will not reset, it is bad. If it is a thermal reset with out the push reset button, it should have reset on it's own when cooled. If not it is bad also.

I do not have a wiring diagram for this model so I am very limited as to how I can help you.

I would suggest taking the motor to a electrical motor shop to have them check it out. They can do a winding OHM reading to see if the motor is open.

They also may have a overload switch that will work for the motor if it is bad.
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