I'm a paranoid stickler for unplugging my table saw whenever I'm not
using it (on its mobile base in the driveway), changing blade height
or angle, taking a phone call, etc. As a result, the power cord on my
saw probably takes a lot more abuse than most people's. The other day
I unplugged it while I had to go inside the house for a few minutes.
When I pulled the end out of the outlet, it left the grounding plug in
the outlet! I was able to extract it, but now my power cord is minus
its grounding prong. Two questions: should I be very concerned about
this, and where do I look in the yellow pages for a place to repair
the cord on an induction motor? Thanks.
Assuming for the moment you are serious...
Its not a big deal, but a new plug costs about $5. Cut the old one off,
strip the wires, and stick the new one on. If you need to hire some to do
it, you should not be using a table saw.
It might have been a little critical, but I'd have to agree. Looking at the
old plug would give enough information to wire a new one. The safe operation
of a tablesaw is infinitely more difficult than the wiring of a power plug.
And I see your point too. I've got a friend that goes hang gliding and
skydiving, but he cringes with fear every time his tablesaw gets turned on.
Don't why he bought the thing in the first place. It only gets used when I
go over there and use it myself.
You can just buy a heavy duty plug at the borg. Buy a nice one and it should
last forever. Be sure you get the black wire on the brass screw. White goes to
the silver screw and the green is the ground.
Ummm... yes, you should be concerned about it. The ground prong is
there for safety reasons. Now, the world's not going to end if you
don't have it, but it is there to protect you should something
accidentally ground out inside the saw. Hopefully the electricity will
take the easiest path back to ground via the ground wire, instead of
As far as calling someone to replace it... ye gads man, are you telling
me you've never replaced a plug on an extension cord in your life? Snip
off the existing plug an inch or so back, take it to the hardware store,
and get one that matches. Some even come w/ directions in the box.
Usually they are a little bulkier and aren't as pretty, but they work
fine, all day long. If you really need help with it, I'd say call an
electrician, or even a handyman service, and explain that you've never
done it before, and need someone to do it for you and hopefully have
them show you how. About a 5-10 minute job, and if they charge by the
hour... ouch. Better safe than sorry, though, I guess.
As a practical matter, if the person is worried about the
plug, one can get a cord with a molded plug and just replace
the whole cord.
One problem, especially working with 12 gage stranded wire,
is how do you put the stuff under screws without cutting
some of the strands. I would tin the stripped length
lightly and then bend it, but you aren't suppose to put
soldered (which is tinned) wire under a screw as it compress
and eventually loosens. Do people use brass or copper
sleeves compressed on the strands. I suppose you could use
a spade compression fitting. It isn't a problem in some
plugs, like I just bought, but it is a problem with wiring
You're kidding. By a plug for 2.48 or a better plug for
2.79 from Home Depot. Cut the old plug off and put the new
on. I agree with Toller, if you can't do that you have no
business operating a table saw.
Ian Dodd wrote:
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