I have a Sears RAS (built around 1982), which has served me well for 5
or 6 years. Over the last couple of weeks (working in a cold Cleveland
garage), the saw intermittently fails to start. The blade vibrates or
spins very slowly, the lights dim and the motor buzzes, and then the
breaker on the motor opens. Sometimes moving the blade by hand and
restarting gets it going, sometimes not. Some days it works fine, others
it won't go at all.
The blade has never run perfectly true since I got it (off by just under
.03 in despite meticulous adjustment), and a piece of plastic in the
back of the motor has always slightly rubbed the inside of the motor
housing, but these have never kept the motor from starting. The blade
spins freely by hand.
Sears says "no user serviceable parts" in the motor, and wants $379 for
a new motor (obviously not in the cards. . . )
Is this an annoying problem that will continue? Can it be fixed?
Should I be looking now for a new saw?
Thanks in advance. I've lurked on the NG for years, and appreciate all