" it w/ a new at least a 1 hp.
I agree except I'd go for 1-1/2 HP and wire it at 240V , if possible."
Well that depends on the size of the saw. An old Craftsman 8" table saw is
fine with a 3/4 hp motor, that WAS the large motor option. Besides, "the
older horses" seemed to be bigger than ones today. I cut stuff without
problem with my old Craftsman 3/4 hp 8" that my son has problems with on his
1-1/2 hp 10".
My guess is you are getting saw dust in the starter switch since those were
open motors and it needs blowed out with compressed air.