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    Posted 8 years ago

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    1. Is this a model 77 type 1? What is the official full model number for ordering parts?
    2. What are the possible years of manuf?
    3. Can I find a replacement switch?
    Inherited from my grandfather, and the best handsaw I have ever used. The original chord shorted out today (from cuts). Required unsoldering the wires from the switch, which loosened the rivets holding the switch terminals. Now the terminals can touch and short. Looking for a replacement switch.
    Photo 1: Saw with switch removed
    Photo 2: Switch

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    1. aghcollect aghcollect, 8 years ago
      Try this place - the same type switches may have been used in different models but they show diagrams and descriptions
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      Nice old gear drive saw. They actually require gear oil to keep them running. Very popular if you are doing post and beam construction. Take my word.....have a strong wrist when you pull the trigger. The torque is something else. You can look it up online pretty easy. Pretty common saw and you need to weigh the part cost against the value of the finished product. If you intend keeping it to use no price is too much. If you intend trying to sell it then perhaps it is better for parts.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Skilsaws just keep going & going. Separate the terminals you soldered, even it you have to file out a little solder. Then go to the elec. section of you hardware & buy a small can of "Liquid Insulation" (or something like that) & coat the terminals. Doesn't matter if the L.I. bridges the gap between the terminals. If it shorted out there, the switch should still be good.
    4. rmaccrea, 8 years ago
      I have used the saw a lot. If I hold on to both handles, torque is no problem. I find the saw easier to control than any other I've used. Tonight I am working on the switch. When I went to get supplies to work on it, an electric motor tech said that the switches are usually dirty and the contacts worn. Not mine. Inside looked clean and new. Very impressive. I appreciate the advice and will let you know if it's fixed.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Bonne chance.
    6. lzenglish lzenglish, 8 years ago
      The first #77 skilsaw was introduced in 1937. Yours looks like it could be that old, except for the handle. Has this handle on your saw been modified? To find it's age, you will need to find as many numbers on it as you can, such as serial numbers, and contact skil with the link I'm providing you below. I did this, and they nailed my saw down to the first and last years and month cf production. Then they emailed a copy of the original parts diagram for my 1940's #77. When you call them, ask for customer service. PS: If all you want is the switch, then I would go with the site provided by "aghcollect", as it looks like a good source.


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