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Forum topic by mer500 posted 11-08-2018 12:03 AM 2770 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2018 12:03 AM

Have the above RAS. Was cutting the other day and stopped the saw for a new set up. Hit the start switch afterwards and nothing. As if I had unplugged it. So I went through all steps with the cap etc.. cont checks etc.. I got down to the over load switch. As you can see in the pic, I have 3 terminals. If I jump across 1 and 3 the motor starts up as usuall. This part cant not be found as I have searched high and low. My question is how does terminal 2 in the pic tie into the switch. I know the red wire runs from T2 back to the start winding which in turn goes back to the cap.
I was thiking to tie the 2 wires from T1 and T3 together but not sure what thats going to do to my T3 wire back to the cap.

Thoughts? Anyone have a wiring diagram lol. Cant find anything for parts anymore on this saw.

Model 113.197751


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#1 posted 11-08-2018 12:29 AM

Looks like a typical Klixon thermal overload switch, or otherwise known as a Phenolic motor protector. Get the # off the switch and you should be able to find a replacement. Here is what the innerds look like for one that burnt out the heater element (from a previous owner who wired it wrong):

The bi-metal thermal element and push button are removed in that picture, but go between what would be #1 and #3 in your picture (above the heating element).


PS: There are two types – automatic reset and manual reset. You should have a manual reset type on that saw, as you do not want it starting up unexpectedly after an overload.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 02:15 AM

Great. Upon searching I found that they used Klixon D157. Ill research more tomorrow.


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#3 posted 11-08-2018 03:24 AM

I assume you cleaned the centrifugal starter switch.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 02:57 PM

sometimes just a small piece of sandpaper and 5 mins to clean contacts will fix a problem like this Lew is very correct :<))

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 03:16 PM

If I take the switch above out of the equation, the motor runs as should. Yes I have cleaned everything that I can get my hands on. lol.

Thinking of maybe adding a quick blow fuse in lieu of the Klixon switch if I cant find one that will work. I have emails sent out to different companies as well as some guys on Ebay that sell RAS parts….

We shall see

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#6 posted 11-08-2018 05:10 PM

Another option—I see these pop up on craigslist all the time. If you can find one for under $100, you can buy it and take the switch off, then send in the motor & carriage for the $100 recall. It doe take like 6 weeks though.

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 05:32 PM

Yeah I have 1 its 4 hrs away. 85.00. He does not want it. Last resort ill drive I it. Ive emailed a few Com. that see these to see if I can get a possible alternative match

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#8 posted 11-09-2018 04:54 PM

Found the switch online. klixon CGJ65EB and ordered it last night out of CA from

Hopefully this fixes me up. Love my RAS even though most hate them lol

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#9 posted 11-15-2018 02:17 PM

~~~UPDATE~~~~ In case someone searches for the same problem Ill throw in an update. The Thermal switch I ordered fixed my RAS. its good “new” now.

Thanks for all the input!!!!!!!!!

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