1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw

by Steve Hamilton
(Hubertus WI, USA)

1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw

1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw

I have an old Craftsman 10 inch radial arm saw from 1969. The problem I am having is that after the initial start and stop, it does not start the blade again until it's allowed to sit for a while. The motor hums but no blade rotation. Any advice? Is this an easy fix?
Looking for help,

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Sep 16, 2010
You most likely have a bad capacitor
by: Anonymous

I have this saw. I rebuilt the motor and have a fairly good grasp of what is inside. I dissagree with the previous comments...This is an induction motor with large guage coils. That part of the motor either works or it does not. There is no in-between. I think the problem is a bad capacitor, which is not an expensive fix. Good luck!

Aug 12, 2010
Get a new saw
by: Steve Fearson

Your problem is that the saw is very old and the windings are probably burned. Your best bet is to part with a few bucks and buy a new saw. But you could get the motor replaced cheaper. Find an electric motor guy in the yellow pages, take your current motor in and have him rig you up something that will fit.

Jul 10, 2010
Hums, slow start, weak, stalls
by: Phil

I bought a very old Craftsman Radial arm saw on Craigs list. It started very slow and was prone to stalling. To my amazement, inside the motor casing, if found that it was wired for 220 though it had a 110 volt plug. I switched it back to 120 volt (according to: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/23092/CRAFTSMAN-Saw-Radial-L0707151?brand_name_search=113.23100 ) and it works like a top!


Jul 01, 2010
Looking for owners manual
by: mudrats@sbcglobal.net

My father just handed me down this old saw, and it work great, but I can't figure out how to get the blade to change angles. I can get the "fence" to move to cut at different angles, but how do I get the actual "blade unit" to cut at various angles. Also looking for a copy of the owners manual for this fine piece of machinery. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Mar 28, 2010
Humming motor
by: Anonymous

Humming Motor- I had the same thing. i took the motor in, had it rebuilt (a little costly)_got it back and used it again for several mor years. Then, same thing, this time, I put a used motor on the machine, from a $50 saw I bought out of the paper. No more problems, I run it on 220 Volts, so it has lots of Umph.

Dec 05, 2009
motor dirty
by: Anonymous

thermal over load problem ,remove motor and have it cleaned professionaly.

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