April 1, 2015

How to replace a band saw on-off switch

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a band saw on-off switch

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.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing an on/off switch on a band saw

This video explains how to replace the on/off switch on a band saw.

Instructions

01.

Shut off the electricity

Unplug the band saw’s power cord from the wall outlet.

02.

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.

Remove the screws.

Pull the switch housing off.

Pull the switch housing off.

Disconnect the wires from the switch.

Disconnect the wires from the switch.

Remove the switch.

Remove the switch.

03.

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.

Connect the wires to the new switch.

Reattach the housing.

Reattach the housing.

04.

Restore power

Plug the band saw into the electrical outlet.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.
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