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#1 posted 07-01-2019 04:42 PM

Hi John! I bought the unit from a neighbour having a garage sale. He said that he had tried it last summer and that it was working then. I asked him to plug it in. He seemed to be as surprised as I was when it tripped the breaker. Thinking that it was simply a bad cord I bought it for $5.00 CDN. This unit may be newer than the ones that you saw at your local flea market. It came with a three wire power cord that looked original. Drilling out a seized screw I was finally able to open my unit. The ground wire was connected to an internal factory screw position inside the metal case. Thank you for your word of caution. Thank you also for your IMG suggestion. It worked perfectly as you can see. You did not have any more luck finding something about my unit on the internet than I did. I find it disappointing that manufacturers new and old do not bother to keep an archive of documentation (Owners Manuals, Exploded View, Parts List and Repair / Troubleshooting Information) for their products. As is evident in this case even old reputable manufacturers like Skil fail to do it. Having opened my unit I should be able to trace the problem causing the tripping breaker. I love working with tools, working on tools. Being retired they are hobbies. I will probably restore this unit and sell it to finance more buys and restorations. Many thanks for your help! Kris!!

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