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Forum topic by knotsofast posted 11-28-2019 12:11 AM 422 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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knotsofast

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11-28-2019 12:11 AM

I picked up an old makita 2703 table saw at a tag sale for $100.00 this saw was used by home owner mabe 2-3 times, it is in pristine condition, if it wasn’t for the little saw dust on it I would have thought it came right out of box new. I brought it to job site today and used it for the first time and it really did not like ripping 3/4 in poplar. I take very good care of my tools, I meticulously set up tools square and true (so fence was not pinching) ,I had a sharp blade in it, I am not one of those meat heads that force wood through. I’ve been a carpenter for 30+ years ,so it isn’t a lack of experience with table saws in the shop and job site so this one surprised me that it is this bad. Is it possible that sitting for years not being used could effect windings in motor or something else? Mabe it was a lemon from brand new and I am out of luck? Any opinions ?


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#1 posted 11-28-2019 12:33 AM

Is it possible that sitting for years not being used could effect windings in motor or something else?
- knotsofast

Windings don’t just go bad from sitting, but bearings do :)

Also… not familiar with that particular saw, but does it have a 115/230 volt selector switch on it? Were you using an extension cord?

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 11-28-2019 03:04 AM

makita 2703 is a portable “bench top” saw, 115v, on a 15ft 12ga. extension cord, exact same set up that I was running my 19 year old dewalt 744 tablesaw on yesterday.

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#3 posted 11-28-2019 03:40 AM

But did you have it on an extension cord? Plug is at 110, cord x 25 feet let’s say, and if it’s a snotty 16 gauge wire, then you are getting crap power at the tool. Equation changes if you snap your fingers, and that cord morphs to a 12 gauge, then the saw is getting all/most of the 110 power.

If in doubt just plug the saw directly to the outlet, no extension cord, if it runs fine, Pony up, and buy a decent extension cord.

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#4 posted 11-28-2019 01:15 PM

I’m sorry I thought my last reply explained that, I had table saw on a 15 foot 12 gage wire extension cord. That was plugged in to the outlet right next to the fuse panel , so I had that 20 amp circuit all to myself. Can’t get much better than that on a job site.

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#5 posted 12-07-2019 01:58 AM

Could it be blade brake is stuck on

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