Thursday, September 08, 2005


My table saw sort of died today. It didn't really die altogether, but it is sort of like it has a bad cold. I love my table saw. I use it for every project. It is the best tool I have. True, I use my cordless drill more, but the TS is just so handy for everything having to do with wood.

I went to trim one of the boards for the cabinets today and when I turned it one it ran fine for a few seconds and then started making an odd noise like a car hitting its breaks too hard. I quickly turned it off and the blade immediately came to a halt. Normally it takes several seconds for the blade to slowly come to a halt.

I screwed around with it for a while, mostly with compressed air, thinking that maybe something had gotten lodged in the motor, but nothing seemed to help. Finally I yanked the motor out and the plan is to take it to an electric shop tomorrow. The only thing I know how to do with an electric motor is to change the brushes. I checked the brushes and they are fine.

There is a good chance I can get the cabinets assembled without the tables saw but I am just so accustomed to having it now. I know it is going to be a problem at some point this weekend. It could be under 12 feet of water, so I’ll consider myself lucky even if I don’t have it this weekend.


derek said...

that sucks! I don't think I could do a good job on cabinets without a table saw, it's just so hard to make acurate cuts without it. I hope it can be fixed, or at least the motor can be replaced.

Jocelyn said...

I know what you mean. I feel like any complaints I have are just petty nowadays too...