Hello: Mike, Novice Wood Guy: You're right about both (motor repair and cheap china).
Here in East Texas it gets even worse. The motor out of the Pro-Tech contractors series TB was made in Taiwan by P&F Brothers INC. They are the people who manuf. all of the Brother line products, I thought it was only sewing machines, but not so. It is a mult line of items inclulding power tools, etc. The P&F stand for Paul and Freddie Chaing. The Company has a long chain of shadow trade Inc's & LLC.'s companys to do business through. Their shadow comp's have been in several fed law suits because of
personal injury and unit failures. OH well I bought the saw at a big discount when one of our local builder supply stores relocated out of Palestine.. It paid for itself, ripping
several 100 feet of bowed and warpped 16'and 20' 2x12, 2x10 etc into 2x4's