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Forum topic by Spidey59 posted 06-18-2018 09:37 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2018 09:37 PM

Hello All. My name is Spidey59 and I’m new to this site. I have been looking for some insight into a problem I am having with my table saw. I needed so in my small workshop to do some refinishing and needed to store my table saw. (An older Delta 9” saw). I layed it on it’s side for almost 5 months. Now when it is set up and turned on, it spins very very slowly and doesn’t get up to running speed. It trips the internal fuse after 20 seconds or so. Please help!!

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#1 posted 06-18-2018 09:41 PM

Assuming that your motor is wired properly and you are providing sufficient current, I’d start by checking the start capacitor and/or centrifugal switch. All you need is a cheap multi-meter.

Also, the symptom you describe can also be attributed to trying to run a motor wired for 240v on a 120v circuit.

Other than that – a bit more info is needed, such as what motor you have, what it’s rated at, pictures will help. Rick’s suggestions below are also worthwhile troubleshooting tips.


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#2 posted 06-18-2018 09:42 PM

Unplug it, disconnect the v-belt, and turn the blade by hand to see if it spins freely. Then do the same with the motor arbor. If both spin freely then check if the belt is rubbing anything. If all of those are moving freely then it’s likely a motor problem.

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#3 posted 06-19-2018 12:48 AM

If there is any way wasps, specifically “mud daubers” can get to it while it was sitting, it could be that they built nests in the motor and that’s making it drag. Those things ruined the air conditioning unit on my travel trailer.

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#4 posted 06-19-2018 01:47 PM

I would start with the capacitor. Take the cover off and look for bulges or oily stuff leaking out.

I’ve had motors do this before if its not the capacitor its could be bad news. Sorry.

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#5 posted 06-26-2018 11:19 AM

Mechanical issues (listen and try to rotate it by hand), capacitor, or the motor.
But I think, if the motor rotates and there is no smoke, it’s capacitor.

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#6 posted 06-26-2018 05:17 PM

Did the saw run before storing it for 5 months? What type of saw is it; direct drive, belt drive? Being a 9”, I’m guessing it’s belt drive.

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