How to Reset Overload on a Table Saw?

Table saw is a powerful tool that often trips due for various reasons. While you can control or minimize the factors causing the tripping, the immediate action is to reset the overload on your table saw.

In this article, we will discuss how you can reset overload on your table saw. We will also elaborate on the reasons behind this tripping so you can eliminate the root causes of the problem and enjoy smooth working on your saw.

How to Reset Overload on a Table Saw

The overload switch is responsible for protecting the motor on your table saw. If your saw isn’t starting up, you can reset the overload switch and see if it works.

It may happen that your saw won’t start after you reset the overload switch. This can happen due to several reasons.

How to Reset Overload on a Table Saw

The reset button is normally a thermal overload that uses a bio-metallic strip to break the circuit. If the reset button is old or used a few times, it may weaken a bit. You will need to replace the thermal reset button. If the problem persists, check if any component is getting overheated.

You can use a voltage meter to check the voltage to the switch and the motor.

If the thermal overload is not working, you will need a replacement. You can buy this part from your manufacturer or look for one that fits your machine.

Another way you can test the overload is using a multi-meter. Unplug the saw and check for continuity with a multi-meter. Replace the overload if the meter doesn’t show continuity through the overload.

Why does my Table Saw Overload Trip?

To ensure that your table saw’s overload doesn’t trip every now and then, you need to check the following things.

Worn-out Motor Brushes: The brushes on the table saw motor undergo wear and tear over time, depending on your use. If your table saw trips frequently, it is time to check the motor brushes.

Extension Cord Problems: You need to use a high-quality extension cord with tools like table saws. The first preference while selecting an extension cord is matching the power rating of your tool’s factory-fitted cable.

A long cable can also be the reason behind voltage drop and overload tripping. If you are using a 120-volt table saw plugged into an outlet protected by a 15-amp circuit breaker, the extension cord length must not exceed 25 feet. If you have to go beyond this length, make sure you use a high-quality cord that can handle your saw’s load.

Dull or Damaged Blade: Your saw’s motor can overheat when working with a damaged or dull blade. A blade that is not sharp enough to comfortably cut wood can lead to blade binding, resulting in the motor getting overheated. This can trip your saw.

Another problem related to the blade is using the wrong type of blade. Make sure you select the right blade for the cuts or material you are working with.

Final Words

You must ensure that all the electrical and mechanical components on your saw are working in a mint condition so that your saw works smoothly. Maintaining your saw is critical for maintaining the quality of cuts and durability.

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