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Repair Center  How to Replace the Switch on a Makita Planer

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Article Breakdown

This article provides step-by-step instructions for removing and installing the switch on a Makita planer.


Tools & Materials

Tools Required: Screwdriver

How to Replace the Switch on a Makita Planer

Fixing things makes sense. This article will help you make sense of replacing the switch on your Makita planer.

Your power tool uses a basic toggle switch that breaks the hot side of the circuit. The opposite side of the switch provides two terminals to connect the neutral wires. This side is not switched. After thousands of cycles and years of use, the switch will wear out. Testing for a bad switch can be easily done using a multimeter.

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REMOVING THE SWITCH   1. Remove the side cover from the top handle with a screwdriver.
2. Note the location of each of the wires.
3. Remove the wires from the switch.
4. Remove the old switch from the housing.  

INSTALLING THE NEW SWITCH   5. Secure the black wire with a screw.
6. Secure the wire from the field.
7. Connect the white wire and the second field wire.
8. Reinstall the top handle cover.    

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