How to Wire a Table Saw Switch: #1 Best Guide

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How to Wire a Table Saw Switch?

Every woodworker needs a table saw for precision work with large boards, and for ripping narrower boards into smaller pieces. But using a table saw can be dangerous if you don’t have the proper safety equipment and know-how to use it properly.

In this blog post, we’ll go over how to wire your table saw so that it switches on when the blade is engaged. So you can focus on woodworking without the fear of injury. Take note as well that even the best contractor saws need some proper wiring method.

We’ll also demonstrate how to adjust your fence so that it remains parallel to your cutting line as you move along it, and show how to change blades when they get dull or break.

In the wiring guide below, we’ll go over how to wire your saw so that it switches on when you engage the blade. And we will also explain how to adjust your fence so it remains parallel and shows you where exactly does the blade cut.

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How to Wire a Table Saw Switch: #1 Best Guide

What is a Table Saw Paddle Switch

A table saw paddle switch is a part of the power cord. It is located on one side of the power cord and does not have a cover on it.

The Table Saw Paddle Switch is the device that makes it possible for electricity to flow into your electric table saw.

When you plug the electric cord into a wall outlet, you are triggering this switch to close and perform its basic function. When you unplug an outlet, this switch opens up again and keeps electricity from flowing through your table saw’s electrical system.

Why Do We Need to Wire or Re-wire a Table Saw Switch

Before we go into detail about how to replace your switch, let’s talk about how using your table saw is a pretty common cause of electric shock fires. But the good news is that these types of fires are easily preventable if you wire your table saw correctly.  However, you should also always follow manufacturer instructions when wiring any tool.

A table saw is one of the most dangerous tools around when it comes to electricity and wiring. If you wire a table saw incorrectly, there’s a very high chance of fire ignition.

However, on the other hand, if you wire it correctly then there’s no chance of having an electric fire ignite from using your table saw.

The reason why table saws are considered such a fire hazard is that table saws utilize a variety of different components for their operation. These components include the electrical cord, the switch, the blade guide, and also a motor.

You should just always remember that when using your table saw that there’s always a chance of burning yourself with electricity if you don’t follow proper safety procedures when wiring it.

How to Wire a Table Saw Switch


Step 1:  Safety First! If you’re not sure what electric tools do to your body, take a look at our article on electric shock safety.  And if it’s been a while since you were last shocked, then take another look through our post here .

Step 2:  Before you can wire your saw, you need to remove the top cover on the saw.  Most top covers use one hex bolt and one Phillips screw.

Step 3:  Now you need to disconnect the switch from the wiring. To do that, you’ll have to pull on a tab located under where the switch appears.  Once it’s been pulled off, disconnect it from the wiring with a screwdriver.

Step 4: Next we need to get rid of the cord for this table saw, because we’ll be replacing it with different wires so we can wire our table saw correctly in this tutorial.  To do that, you’ll have to remove the cord grip and wire cover. 

Step 5: Now we need to get rid of the blade retainer (sometimes called retainer clip).  To do that, lift the blade up and out by lifting the bar with a wrench. Then remove its metal screw.

Step 6: Now it’s time to remove the top cover.  To do that, set your table saw on a level surface then lift up slowly while you simultaneously push down on the front of it at where your power cord came through.  Once you’re at this point, place one hand behind the saw and use your other hand to slip under it slowly while pulling back at where your power cord came through.

Step 7: Now you need to remove three hex bolts (sometimes called ear nuts).  Set them aside.  Each one is located under a handle that remains in the top of your saw.

Step 8: Finally, we need to disconnect four wires connected to the switch.  To do that, bend each one with a pair of pliers or a pair of flat tip screwdrivers. Once they have been bent and are disconnected, disconnect them from the wiring by pulling the wire off with a pair of pliers or flat tip screwdriver so it can be removed from the switch.

Step 9: Now you need to locate where the wiring for your saw is coming from.  Usually you’ll find a cord or a wire coming from the back of it.  If you see any screws, you’ll need to remove them.  Alternatively, if your electric box is located on the wall with its bars exposed, unscrew it and take out the wire by hand.

Step 10: Now we need to attach red wires coming from the switch to a black wire coming from our cord or wire source.  In order to do that, we’ll have to twist them together using a pair of pliers or a pair of flat tip screwdrivers until the wires become one solid piece.

Step 11: Now we’ll attach the black wire coming from our cord or wire source to the black wires from the switch.  In order to do that, twist them together using a pair of pliers or a pair of flat tip screwdrivers until they are one solid piece.

Step 12: Now we need to attach the ground wire from our cord or wire source to a green or bare copper screw from our table saw.  We’ll need to twist them together using a pair of pliers or a pair of flat tip screwdrivers until they become one solid piece and are securely attached to each other.

Step 13: Now that we have attached each wire to the correct spots, it’s time to test out our work before we start putting the cover back on.  Simply plug in your table saw and turn it on.  If the saw turns on, then you’ve successfully wired your table saw!

Step 14: If the saw didn’t turn on, your wires may have been attached to the wrong spots.  Check your wiring and get rid of any shorts by unscrewing the wire and twisting it back together on the correct spot.

Step 15: Now we need to put our cover back on.  To do that, simply lay it back into place and screw it down with your hex bolts or ear nuts.  Once that is done, you’ll be ready to use your table saw!

Overall this is a very easy project to complete.  It will take a few hours to complete, but is very simple and provides you with what you need in order for your table saw to be safely functioning again.

How to Wire a Table Saw Switch Video

How to Adjust Table Saw Fence and Rip Fence


Step 1: First, start by checking the accuracy of your fence. You can do this by setting up a straight piece of wood or any other material with an accurately-cut edge. Make sure it’s at least as long as the blade and then check the alignment of one side against the fence.

Step 2: Now, you need to adjust any screws shown in order to bring it closer to or farther away from the blade so that it is aligned correctly with your workpiece. If it doesn’t work for you out of the box, these adjustments should fix it!

Step 3: Now, you’re ready to use your table saw!  Simply turn it on and adjust it as needed.

Overall, this project is very simple to complete.  All you need to do is make a few adjustments in order to get everything for your saw working correctly.  Although this could be a long process if you’re having trouble getting everything back together correctly the first time, the results are well worth the effort!

How to Adjust Table Saw Fence and Rip Fence Video

How Do You Reset a Table Saw Overload?


The table saw overload is a safety cutoff that protects the user from damaging the motor. It’s also an indicator of a problem with your plugged-in power source.

If your saw overloads, you’ll typically feel the motors slow down after 15 seconds and hear a clicking sound. You should also see an LED on your machine lead to this problem.

It’s fairly easy to reset your table saw overload: just unplug it for 10-15 seconds and plug it back in! If it resets successfully, you’ll hear another clicking sound followed by continued operation of the motor.

If you can’t reset it by following these steps, it’s probably time to contact the manufacturer or an electrician.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I do this project without using a ladder?

Yes. Make sure you have a stable surface to work on, like plywood or the top of an old desk. You may also need a soft surface to cushion your back when you’re going under to configure the power switch and new switch for replacement

What tools are required to complete this project?

For this project, you’ll need the following tools: pliers and flat tip screwdrivers. You would also need an extension cord just in case.

How do I adjust the switch?

The switch is already adjusted, so you don’t have to worry about that.

How hard is this project?

It should take you about 1 hour to complete this project once you’ve identified what tools you’ll need.

Will this tutorial work on any other brand of table saw?

This tutorial will work for other brands of table saws. The reason is most table saws are wired in similar ways even if there are different brands manufacturing them.

How do you test a table saw switch?

To test a table saw switch, first unplug the saw. Then plug it back in and turn it on. If the saw turns on, then you’ve successfully wired your table saw!

Where does the power led cable on a table saw go?

The power LED cable is the long cord that connects the power button light to the saw. The cable should be going to a location on your machine where this light can be plugged in or seen. Typically, you’ll find this somewhere on the top of your table saw near where your hand would go when you’re carrying it.

What kind of table saw needs a rewired switch?

Often even the best contractor table saws and cabinet table saws need rewiring for added security stops, especially if they’re used in a very tight spaced area.

How to Wire a Table Saw Switch
Final Thoughts

This ends our How To Guide of How to Wire a Table Saw Switch.

Once you learn how to wire a table saw switch, you can now proceed with full confidence that bigger projects are achievable. With bigger projects, a bigger table saw would also be best. But you don’t always need to buy another one, you can just learn how to use a featherboard with a table saw to make ease up the work process.

We hope the knowledge you gained here will help you in the future with your DIY or Professional Woodworking projects. We want you to be sure of that what you get from us are 100% facts, so please don’t hesitate to ask for advice or to advise us in return with accurate facts.

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