Mattison 404 Rip Saw - Newbie

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Forum topic by osumartz posted 07-12-2018 07:16 PM 443 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2018 07:16 PM

Hey all! I am pretty new to woodworking and recently bought a used Mattison 404 straight line rip saw. It arrived and I had my electrician hook up power, but it is not kicking on. I saw it in operation before I bought it, and it was working like a champ. My electrician doesn’t know a lot about motors, but is sure the electric is hooked up correctly. It is impossible to find a manual for this hog!

Also, there is a big air line on the machine that I have no idea what to do with. Looking at other people’s 404, none of them seem to have an air hose. I also have a foot pedal that I have no idea what is for.

Any help or suggestions would be huge, so thank you in advance!

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#1 posted 07-12-2018 08:37 PM

Any chance that foot pedal is wired into the motor? Might be a safety interlock that only allows the saw to run when it’s depressed.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 07-12-2018 08:56 PM

I would check the Mattison section of the website for the possibility of a manual or other information.

If you still can’t find the information you need there, I’d join and post on the forum. They specialize in all kinds of old American made iron of both the woodworking and metalworking varieties.

You could also try contacting the company that currently offers repair parts for Mattison machines. They may have some of the information you are looking for, maybe even a manual.

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