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  • 17 years and still going strong!

    Hello to everyone, been a long time since I've posted anything.

    Was working with the BT3000 today, cutting some parts for a doweling jig I sell. Things seemed to be going well until I turned the saw off and then wanted to turn it back on again.

    It wouldn't come up to speed.

    I turned it off and tried it again, now it wouldn't start at all.

    Unplugged the saw, spun the blade, didn't seem like there was any resistance.

    Didn't smell anything funny.

    Grabbed the brushes out of a parts motor I have and figured I'd swap them. Original brushes seemed to have worn approx. 1/4" over the seventeen years I've owned the saw. I don't think the original brushes looked worn beyond usability, but...

    I blasted the motor out w/ compressed air and installed the newer brushes anyhow, plugged it back in, and she spun right back to life.

    Maybe there was some sawdust packed in there, preventing brush contact.

    Don't know.

    Just glad she is alive again. I still use it quite a bit.

  • #2
    Actually the date of manufacture is 1999, make that eighteen years.

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    • #3
      'Bout time you posted something! Good to see you on again. I don't have a clue where my extra brushes are. You must be organized!
      Hank Lee

      Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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      • #4
        My BT3000 was purchased in February of 1993. The only thing that has broken was a set of belts shortly after I got it. Tried to turn the saw on with the blade stuck in the underside of the first plastic throat blank. The thing still runs like new. I also have a BT3100 that sits unused as I don't have room for two saws even in my new shop.
        Jim Frye
        The Nut in the Cellar.

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        • #5
          Hey Jim Frye! Sure is good to see you on here again too!
          Hank Lee

          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by leehljp View Post
            Hey Jim Frye! Sure is good to see you on here again too!
            Been busy building a new home (with a new shop). Actually, I recently finished a new/larger entertainment center for the new house. I doubled the size of my workshop from 12x12 to 12x22. I now have room to keep all of my tools in the shop instead of storing them out in the basement. Been building rolling base cabinets for the benchtop "stationary" tools.
            Jim Frye
            The Nut in the Cellar.

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