I have a Laguna LT18 Bandsaw that's about 5 years old. It has low
hours on it from hobby use only. I've never had any problems with it
before this morning. I was cutting a couple of boards last night and
used the brake/shut off pedal to turn it off as I have many times
before. I went to make a cut this morning and it won't power up. The
magnetic switch and stop button seem to be functioning properly albeit
without the motor actually turning on. I checked the brake shut off
switch and when I disconnected it the magnetic power switch didn't lock
in anymore. This indicates that it is working fine. I've checked all
the connections I can see and everything seems as it should. I can't
find a reset button on the motor or the switch so I don't think there
is one. Any ideas?
I assume you're already checked the breaker, and any fuses that might
be in the line (power strip etc.). Is there power at the outlet? If
it's 220v, do both legs have power? Is the switch getting power? Time
to get out the multimeter...
When all else fails, just use Ctrl-Alt-Del or unplug and remove the
Yes, it's 220v and there is power to the machine. I have another
machine on the same breaker and it's working fine. I can take cover to
the magnetic switch and see the many wires and I have a multimeter.
The problem is I don't know how to test the unit. There is a "test"
hole on the magnetic switch. I have no idea what this is for.
220 or 110 might help to know? Motor starter or just magnetic switched
contacts? Don't know these so don't know specifics of the brake
interlock so can't speculate there much.
One thing comes to mind--no actually two :) -- first, if is a motor
starter, I'd expect there's a fusible link ("heater") inline w/ the
motor, particularly if there's not a thermal reset on the motor itself.
Check for it. Secondly, it may be simply dust/dirt accumulated in the
starter/motor at some point preventing contact closure--take compressed
air and blow out everything thoroughly.
After that, as someone else said, starting tracing continuity...
220V. Magnetic switch but I don't know what you mean by a motor
starter. The brake is a foot brake that you step on to engage a brake
pad against the lower wheel. The arm of the brake engages a trip
switch that shuts off the motor if the brake is applied by breaking
contact. I can't find a fuse or reset button anywhere. There may be
one, but I can't see it. Please explain where I should use compressed
Here's my power switch:
It's not magnetic (my error). Could someone please help me with what I
should test on this and the stop button. I really don't think it's the
On Sat, 14 Oct 2006 07:51:44 -0700, toolguy wrote:
Low hours or not ... does the motor just sit there silently or does it hum?
If it's silent, pop the access plate and look for voltage at the terminals.
If it hums, turn the power off and carefully try to turn the wheel by
hand. If you can turn it freely by hand, flick the switch again ... there
may just be a scrap awkwardly wedged inside. If it turns by hand but not
by motor, spend about $5 replacing the starter capacitator (graingers is
Poke a pin in that reset hole for good measure.
If the switch is such that you can take it apart without too much
trouble, I'd try that (with the saw unplugged, of course). My "new"
10-yr old BS had the same problem when I first got it (power to the
machine, but wouldn't turn on). Fortunately (or unfortunately, as
magnetic would be nice) it was a simple double pole switch, and it was
a matter of taking it off the machine, rubbing gunk off the contacts,
and putting it back on the machine. Works fine now.
A quality minute with the switch and a continuity tester would reveal
whether this is your problem.
Hope this helps,
Also try giving your motor a kick. seriously.
As of late, my 12" craftsman BS has been doing this. I turn it on, it
hums but doesnt' move. I kick the motor and it runs.
I think I over stressed it when resawing some wide planks.
Mine did exactly like yours one time. I keep it in a tool shed. One
Spring, the motor hummed and tried, but couldn't move the saw blade. It
kinda twitched a little when turned on, but wouldn't turn. I pulled the
side cover off the top band wheel housing and discovered a small mammal
nest in the lower left corner made with fiberglass insulation stolen
from a roll stored in the shed. I don't know whether it was a mouse or
chipmunk that had taken up residence.
Since then, I try to leave the cover off before Winter, or take the
cover off before starting the saw.
I've beem waiting for years for an excuse to tell this story. When my Delta 14"
band saw wouldn't start, the trail led quickly to the switch. After disassembling
the metal box that holds the switch, the cause was obvious. There was a
dead mouse in there. The largest hole into the electrical box was 1/4". It was
way bigger when I found it. Sort of like a ship-in-a-bottle type puzzle.
Rodents are far too clever and strong for their size.
Sometimes you can move a switch back and forth many many times (just keep
flipping it for a minute or two) and it will clean off enough of the
stuff to work properly. For anything electrical, it's probably a good
idea to do this with the power removed.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
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