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  Make the Most of Your Power Tool Repair


Finding the right parts for your power tool repairs can be a tough job - that's why we're here to help you through every step of the way. Whether you're looking for new carbon brushes, a trigger switch or a new motor for your table saw, we have exactly what you need to spruce-up your equipment and all the experience to help you do it better.



  First Things First



Finding the Correct Part Number:

  • To get the right parts for your power tool repair, you first need the model number of your tool. The model number will be printed on the tool's name plate and will always be listed in, on and all over the tool's manual.

  • With the model number of the tool you can find the tool's schematic (diagram and parts list). On the schematic diagram, which breaks the tool down into each of its components, find the part you need for your repair.

  • Each part in the diagram will be identified by a figure number. That figure number then corresponds to a part number on the parts list. The figure numbers will be sequential in the parts list and will lead you directly to the part number you need.

  • Once you have found your part number, verify the part description and, if you're feeling committed, simply add the item to your shopping cart.


Hint: For some repairs, you may need a bit more information before finding the correct schematic. The following is a short list of those instances.

  • Dewalt: Type Number

  • Jet | Powermatic: Stock Number

  • Milwaukee: Serial Number



  Trouble Shooting


What's Wrong With My Power Tool?

As many parts as your power tool or machine has, there are just about as many reasons you might need to repair it. Though many components share similar symptoms and there is always room for deviant behavior, here is a list of common parts and the most common symptoms experiences when those parts are damaged:


   Power Cord:


   -Power loss

   -Shut-offs during use

   -Visible damage, cracks or breaks




   -Difficult start-ups

   -Shut-offs during use


   -Visible wear-and-tear or heat damage to the carbon block or spring





   -Shut-offs during use

   -No start at all

   -Visible heat damage (water damage will also destroy a switch)

    Hint: While shaking a power tool with worn brushes will usually encourage the tool to start, shaking a tool with a bad switch will yield no results.



  -“Rough” or “bouncy” operation

  -High vibration during use

  -Emits grinding or crackling sound

  -Skips in performance

  -Unresponsive despite power




   -Squealing sound


   -Shut-offs during use

   -No start at all (though the motor may “hum”)




    -Difficult start-ups

    -Shut-offs during use

    -Visible discoloration, damage, warping or chipping

     Hint: Where armatures are damaged, there is typically damage throughout.




   -Difficult start-ups

   -Shut-offs during use


   -Power loss

   -Smoking | Sparking

    -Visible discoloration, burning or other damage

                                     Hint: While an armature or field may go bad through simple wear-and-tear, these components typically fail only when a tool has been misused.



  Repair V. Replace


What's So Great About Power Tool Repair?

Repairing power tools is smart, economical and, with the right resources, can be really easy, too.

Save your money, save your power tools, and keep your equipment kicking strong.



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