This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the on/off switch on a band saw. The on/off switch turns the drive motor on and off when you push the switch. If the on/off switch breaks, the band saw motor either won't start or won't turn off. Replace the on/off switch using the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
This basic procedure works on common Craftsman, Ryobi, Wen and Rikon band saws.
This video explains how to replace the on/off switch on a band saw.
Shut off the electricity
Unplug the band saw’s power cord from the wall outlet.
Remove the on/off switch
Remove the mounting screws from the on/off switch housing.
Pull the switch housing off and disconnect the wires from the switch.
Remove the on/off switch from the switch housing.
Remove the screws.
Pull the switch housing off.
Disconnect the wires from the switch.
Remove the switch.
Install the new on/off switch
Push the new on/off switch into the housing.
Connect the wires to the new on/off switch.
Reattach the switch housing to the band saw cabinet using the mounting screws.
Connect the wires to the new switch.
Reattach the housing.
Plug the band saw into the electrical outlet.
If the saw blade is dull or damaged and isn't cutting cleanly, replace the blade following these steps.
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