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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2014, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Default Motor repair for Wards Power Craft RAs

I have a vintage late 60's Model TPC 2610E Wards Power Craft Radial Arm Saw. It's an old friend and and I need to repair the motor which recently began sparking. I'm assuming it needs new brushes. If my assumption is correct, does anyone know where I can get them?
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Two ways to replace brushes is to either get a general purpose kit (very hard to find since HF stopped carrying them) and very slowly grind to size. As long as the Commutator curvature and power wires are ok, then this should work. This is not a full fix. If you really like this unit and you have a motor repair shop (hard to come by in many areas) let them do this and resurface the Commutator , new bearings and check for week insulation, this should get you another 30 years+. Anything can be fixed, it is just a matter of the cost of a new unit and how much the fix is.

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Try a posting at the old Woodworking Machines they may have a source for parts
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Welcome to the forum Arden. I agree with what Richard wrote. If it really is an old friend then it will pay to get it professionally checked out.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Welcome, Arden. If you fill out the personal profile there's an excellent chance other members in your area can give you specific repair references. (Not having a clue what area you're in kind of defeats answering the question.)
You could also ask a small alternator repair shop if they could do the work.
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Check your local Craigslist. These older RAS go for as little as $50. See the link below in Denver. I have the MW Model TPC 2610B that I rarely use. It was my dad's and I got it when he downsized to travel. I don't have a permanent place in the garage for it. I was going to sell it a couple of years ago but It's worth a lot more than $50 to me so I kept it with the hope to have a permanent wood shop someday where I can get some real use from it. The 1/4" router collet for it is worth more than the saw ;-)


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Find a motor service shop near you. There's usually one in every large town if there is any significant industrial base in the area. Take the motor to them for checkout and repair.

Another possibility is to find a larger True Value Hardware store near you and take the remains of one brush there. The one near me has a whole assortment of motor brushes and can match almost any brush that I bring to them. Sometimes the length needs trimming but the style is usually identical.


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Thanks everyone. I found out that the brushes were fine but the armature needs to be rewound. The motor is in a motor shop in Santa Fe Springs, Ca (greater LA area) where they recognized the brand immediately and will soon have the needed parts to put it back in "like new" working order.
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