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Question Questions about rewiring my table saw

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For starter I plan on keeping this table saw for a while and I want to do a proper wiring job. As for the saw it's a mid 60's craftsman 100 series, model 113.29991.



Question 1) What size of wire should I use 16, 14, or 12.


Question 2) The current cord is two pronged, should I upgrade this to three, for grounding.


Question 3) There is a metal on/off toggle switch on the motor base that is going out, should I just bypass it since I am going to be installing a paddle switch in the front.


Question 4) Where would be the best place to mount the paddle switch, here's a picture of my saw.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-11-2019, 07:53 AM
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can't comment on the wiring as I am not qualified in that area.
but as for the paddle switch, they are not all created equal.
I went through 3 of them before I found one that didn't burn the contacts
after a few cycles. (do your research on that one).
as for the mounting position: find a spot close to where you stand
while operating the machine. you may have to make a special bracket
to hold the switch if you do not mount it directly to the cabinet.
or - you may have to cut a hole in the cabinet to accept the plastic box.
strictly a personal choice, IMO. just be safe about it.

a quick google search of "table saw safety paddle switch images" turns up
a few examples for configurations similar to yours.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-11-2019, 08:06 AM
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Wiring for 120 volts .....

I'd use no. 12 wire from the plug/outlet to the switch and then to the motor. That way, you have the biggest wire possible and you can run 20 ft of wire to the outlet without and concerns for "starving" the motor.



As far as locating the safety switch I put mine just under the table and to the left, about thigh high so I can "bump" it off in an emergency. You do not want to have to bend over and look where your switch is while you should be keeping both eyes and both hands on the work piece. Trust me on this, it's important.
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1) Wire gauge depends on amp load of the motor, need a little more information before an answer can be given there

2) Grounded is always better, so yes, go with a 3 prong cord so long as theres somewhere on the motor frame to connect a ground

3) No sense in having 2 power switches, just make sure that that toggle switch isnt actually something like a thermal cutoff. Honestly, may be better to just leave the switch on the motor set to on and leave it alone after that

4) Hanging off the fence in a position that leaves you able to bump into it without thinking about it, standing how you would be using the saw. You want it easy to hit

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