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Why Read This Article?

  • Updated switch configuration.
  • Wire HD77 switch correctly.

Article Breakdown

  • The Skil HD77 Worm Drive Saw was updated with a new switch in February, 2009.
  • The new switch is wired differently than the obsolete switch was wired.
  • This article explains how both switches are wired.

The Old HD77 Switch Wiring

  • The obsolete switch could have been wired one of two ways, as detailed below in Figure A.
  • Wires only needed to match corresponding terminal pairs to install the old switch correctly;
  • However, the situation of corresponding terminal pairs has changed in the new switch.

The Old HD77 Wiring

  • The active switch assembly part can be wired in one of two ways, as detailed below in Figure B.
  • It is still true that power cord wires and motor wires only need to match corresponding terminal pairs in the new switch;
  • However, the situation of the corresponding terminal pairs has changed.

Safety Guidelines

  • Remember to unplug the tool prior to repair.

How to Wire the Switch on the Skil HD77 Worm Drive Saw

September 18, 2009
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The article explains the new wiring configuration for the Skill HD77 updated power switch.

In February, 2009, the Skil HD77 Worm Drive Saw was updated with a new switch. The new switch for the HD77 is wired differently than the old switch, and, if the new switch is installed incorrectly, a blown breaker is waiting to happen.

This article does not detail the full replacement steps for this switch. For additional information on switch replacements not explained here, please read our "Power Switch Repair 101" article.

This article explains the wiring for both the old and new switches.


The Old HD77 Switch Wiring

Below is a picture of the old, obsolete switch:

old switch wiring

There were two different ways that the obsolete switch could be wired:


1. Power cord wires could have been connected to terminals 1 and 3 in Figure A, with the saw's motor wires connecting to terminals 2 and 4. Or,


2. Vice versa. Power cord wires could have been connected to terminals 2 and 4 in Figure A, with the saw's motor wires connecting to terminals 1 and 3.


The above wiring configuration is now obsolete for the new Skil HD77 Worm Drive Saw power switch. If a new HD77 power switch is wired incorrectly (wired like the old switch), using the saw could be hazardous and will definitely cause a flipped breaker.

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The Active HD77 Switch Wiring

The new, active HD77 power switch replaces the obsolete part. Although the new switch looks just like the old switch, the wiring is different and must be done correctly.


Below is a picture of the active switch and its wiring configuration:

new switch wiring

There are two different ways that the active (new) switch can be wired:


1. The power cord wires can be connected to terminals 1 and 2 in Figure B, with the saw's motor wires connecting to terminals 3 and 4. Or,


2. Vice versa. Power cord wires can be connected to terminals 3 and 4 in Figure B, with motor wires connecting to terminals 1 and 2.


For both methods of wiring the new switch, it is most important that the power cord wires and motor wires are connected to corresponding terminal pairs as shown in Figure B.

 

If your Skil HD77 needs a New Switch--Click here. This link will take you to the part page for the replacement switch compatible in the following saws:

  • HD77 (F012HD7702)
  • HD77 (F012HD7710)
  • HD77 (F012HD7711)
  • HD77 (F012HD7712)
  • HD77 (F012HD7713)
  • SHD77 (F1012SD7700)
  • SHD77M (F012SD7702)

 

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