Learn Craftsman Table Saw Motor Replacement in 7 Minutes!

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Table Saw Motor Replacement

Craftsman tables saw is possibly one superhit model that many professionals love to deal with. These are pretty accurate, fast at performing and precisely designed.

However, just like any other table saw, overall goodness seems nothing once the motor fails to work. I am bringing a situation for changing and going for the right replacement.

You need some specific woodworking tools to perform a replacement.
I’m about to break down the craftsman motor replacement method. This is applicable for table saws from Mastercraft, Companion, and Tradesman as well.

Craftsman Table Saw Motor Replacement: Step-By-Step Guide!

I am showing you a full course about replacing a motor of a craftsman remote used portable table saw, but if you learn the process can apply to other operations. Usually, the drive motor inside a table saw is responsible for running arbor shafts. This shaft eventually rotates the blade of that particular saw.
With wear out or even lock-ups, a motor won’t be able to run. Sometimes it also fails to start in the first place.
So that situation would want you to go for a manufacturer’s approved replacement of the motor.
I’ll elaborate on the entire changing process in sections. However, if you are entirely new with woodworking power tools or maintenance, better consult a professional. Let’s start!

Things You'll Need

  1. A Good Pair of Working Gloves.
  2. Eyewear for Protection.
  3. Earbuds or Hear Protection.
  4. Slot Screwdrivers.
  5. A couple of Wrenches (Included with Table Saw)
  6. Wire Cutter & Strippers.
  7. Pliers.

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Get Ready & Disconnect Any Connections

  • Move unnecessary things away  from surface of table saw including replacement rip fence system which is installed tightly. 
  • You need to get a pair of suitable working gloves for the process. Also, get a proper eye protection, and the same goes for your ears as well. These are compulsory things to do before doing any process related to power tools.
  • Next, make sure the table saw totally disconnected from electricity. Let it turn off and also detach the power cord from wall outlets. You don’t want the blade running midway while replacing an already-hard-to-deal-with part inside your table saw.
Disconnect Electricity

Detach Blade Guard, Table Insert

  • Start with bringing the blades to a higher position. You need to make sure it is positioned in the highest cutting condition. Before doing that take aside the fence or miter cutting sled or gauge because it will hamper you.
  • There should be a red button on the table saw. This helps to get rid of the guard. You need to press it and hold blade guard at the same time. Now simply pull out the blade guard assembly.
  • Raising blade easily detach the guard now. Make sure to be extra careful while performing this step. A little bit of hasting might bring unnecessary cuts.
Pry the Table Insert Out
  • You’ll need a slot screwdriver for this step. Simply use it to insert into the huge hole. This will help you to pry out the table insert easily.
  • Now turn to the blade tilt locking knob. You need to loosen it gradually. Tilt the blade to a 45-degree angle. Simply tighten the knob into that position securely.
  • You can easily detach the riving knife locking knob in this step along with washer.
Anti Kickback Pawl Removing

Detaching Saw Blade and Support Stand

  • You have to take off the saw blades and support stand for further process. Just go back to the blade-tilting knob once again. You need to loosen it and tilt the blade up to a perfect 90-degree angle.
  • To get rid of the blade arbor nut you can use wrenches. These are usually included with the table saw itself.
Blade Removing
  • Once the arbor nut is out, you can simply detach the outer flange washer. Also, remove the blade from saw arbor.
  • Moving on to the table saw’s support stand. Find out locking levers located in the saw. Usually, there are four of them. These hold the stand with the table saw. You need to release these levers and remove the saw stand with slow hands.

Removing Old Motor

  • There should be some ground wires located in the wire bracket. Most of the craftsman motor comes with three green color wires for this. Easily release these three wires.
  • Now go to the switch cover that should be mounted with screws. You need to release the screws and make switch come out.
  • Get a wire cutter for this step. You’ll find the wires to deal with at the very base of crimp. Cut it down safely.
Motor Wire Cutting
  • Now at the reset switch, you’ll find some black wires. Pull them off with steady hands.
  • Get pliers for pulling out the strain relief. You need to squash the strain relief sides. These are fixed with the on/off switch box cover. Pull out switch box cover’s wires that connect to the motor.
Motor Removing
  • Using handwheel, you’ll have to low down the motor. Effortlessly rotate it and bring the motor to its lowest position. 
  • There should be four brackets and mounting bolts for the motor. Simply detach them and remove the motor out.

Mounting New Motor

  • Let motor settle down into its right position inside the saw. Now you need to mount it in using the previous four brackets and bolts.
  • You need to reinstall the strain relief as well as switch box cover. Make sure to push the motor sires inside switch box back.
Motor Detaching
  • Make the connection of black wires to reset switch. Use a wire stripper to get rid of the quarter-inch of covering for white wire ends. You can simply fit it in using some nuts.
  • Finally, mount the three green wires back to ground bracket. Make sure the mounting screws are secured tightened.

Assembling Everything Back

  • You need to reinstall everything that was detached in the first place for this replacement. Get back the support stand and fix it to saw base. Using levers, securely tighten it with the base. Make sure the table saw is upright.
  • Get the motor at its highest position using handwheel. You need to reinstall the blade on arbor with flange washer as well. Secure everything with arbor nuts.
Resetting Motor
  • Let the riving knife and pawl for anti-vibration come back to its place. Make sure the mounting plate and locking knob is at right position and tighten it securely.
  • Into the top of table, you’ll need to push insert back. Also, put blade guards back to its place by pushing the red button. Once you reinstall guard back at riving knife, release the red button.

Test and Ensure

  • You are almost done with the replacement. Just connect it to the electric outlet using saw’s plug. If blade is working fine, it means you have completed the motor replacement successfully.
  • If it does not start yet, there must be a screw or wire loosened. You need to break it down once again and securely attach those.

Here’s a simple video tutorial on changing motor that could help.

The Right to Time to Think About Motor Replacement?

If your blade spins really slow then it might be an indication for a worn-out motor. Sometimes it’s also extension cord that is the problem.
Table saw showing overload trips indicates bad drive motor


This is how professionals usually replace their motors of craftsman table saw. However, if you think the procedure is too complicating and with your little knowledge, tackling it out is hard, don’t take a risk.
You can always ask an expert in handling such matters to help you out for a small charge.
Hopefully, the tutorial on craftsman table saw motor replacement has settled down your confusion. Good Luck on Your Following Projects!

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