I've got a Jet cabinet saw (JTAS 10 I think). Single phase, not sure of
the hp. I've had it for a couple of years now. Doesn't get a lot of use.
I am running a Forrest WoodWorker II thin kerf on it (recently purchased.)
For about the last 6 months (gets used about 2 or 3 times a month), I've
had a problem with the motor's thermal breaker tripping. Even ripping
pretty soft wood the thing trips VERY often. I have to let it sit for 10
minutes or so before I can reset it (a little button on the motor).
I *know* it wasn't always this bad. When I first got the thing I ripped
a *bunch* of 6/4 maple and it cut nice. Was also using a Forrest WWII at
Back to the tripped breaker. When I feel the motor after a trip it
doesn't even feel warm to me. Even still... have to let the thing sit
for a few minutes before I can reset.
Anyone have any ideas?
Is my motor shot?
Is my thermal breaker shot?
Can I just pull the motor out (as if that will be easy) and bring it to
some local motor shop for repair?
Hmmmmm. I'd really like to get this working again. The thing tripped on
me tonight halfway through ripping an 8' redwood 2X4 :-( This can't be
Mine did this a couple of times in the past. Never did it after changing
to 220 volts. Check to make sure the belt is not binding on the belt
cover. I would have the motor checked for current draw. OTOH I once had
a breaker that went bad and tripped too easily (not on the table saw,
In answer to some of the questions...
I've got the model number wrong. It is definitely a 110 motor.
I have tried different extension cords and outlet. I now have a truly
monstrous cord running from the saw to the outlet, and tried any
Blade is VERY clean... new in fact. When the thing doesn't shut down,
that Forrest makes one nice smooth cut :-)
As for the "pull the motor question"... clearly I can see that it won't
be TOO hard to pull the motor (although it looks like it will be a real
pain to put back in... holding up the motor and getting the bolts
started in that small space.)
I guess I was asking if I'd have to send the motor back to Jet, or could
have someone else local tear the thing down, or... if tear down and
diagnostic might cost so much that I may as well find a new motor.
(Anyone know what a 110v motor that would work in this saw might cost?)
I'll try calling Jet. Anyone have any experience with their custom
support? I envision sitting on hold for an hour and then someone telling
me, "Sorry, can't help you over the phone... you'll have to send the
I'd love to go 220. I know the motor has a tag that explains how to
change a few wires to get it to run off of 220. I have a bunch of
remodeling going on around the house, and I think I will have the
electrician take a look at the garage before he finishes up.
Thanks for the responses so far.
BTDT on my JTAS (this one really is the 3HP CS). Your expectation is
Your (presumably) 1.5 HP motor has got to be lighter and therefore at least
a bit easier.
I replaced the motor on a craftsman contractor saw about 4 years ago. I got
a 1.5 HP Grizzly priduct for $99. You would probably pay twice that for a
us-made name brand product. That should give you a price range.
I had new product support calls for myth my cabinet saw and my lathe. In one
case there appeared to me a missing part (mostly my fault, it was really
well hidden). In the other case there was some monor shipping damage (likely
the carrier's fault).
In both cases Jet only wanted serial numbers and a part number and they
fixed me right up. That doesn't really address tech support, but the service
IIRC, I did have a little wait time on the lathe, maybe 10 or 12 minutes,
but the fellow that I spoke to was clearly familiar with the 1442. I
described the parts he understood immediately.
Give them a call, before you pull the motor.
Got a speaker phone at your house? Watch TV, do the dishes, seduce the wife,
then pick up the phone when someone answers. On second thought, if you're
busy with the wife, suggest that if you value your continued existence, you
hang up the phone and continue doing what you were doing.
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