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Repair Center  Quick Fix: How to Replace the Switch on a DeWalt DW708 Miter Saw

Why Read This Article?

  • Learn to replace the switch on a DeWalt DW708 miter saw. 

Article Breakdown

Repair Information:
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
Frequency: As needed

Replacing the Switch:

1. Remove the upper handle housing.
2. Diagram the wires.
3. Remove the switch.
4. Install the new switch.
5. Re-install the housing.

Video

Tools & Materials

  • Screwdriver with Torx bits

Quick Fix: How to Replace the Switch on a DeWalt DW708 Miter Saw

January 13, 2012
This article shows you how to quickly and easily replace the switch on a DeWalt DW708 miter saw, with a few tips to make things run smoothly.
Switches wear out pretty quickly compared to other parts in power tools. When your switch fails, you can easily replace it yourself in about 15 minutes. All you need is a new switch and a Torx compatible screwdriver. 


 
Remember to use our DeWalt parts finder to find the switch and other parts designed for your DeWalt saw.
 
Replacing the Switch

1. Remove the upper-handle housing

Remove the three screws towards the back of the handle with a Torx #25 screwdriver bit.

 

Remove the four screws at the front of the handle with a Torx #20 screwdriver bit.

 

Separate the upper handle from the housing and set it aside.


 

2. Diagram the wires

Before you begin removing wires, you will want to note where each wire attaches to the switch. Draw a diagram or use your phone or a digital camera to take a picture.


 

3. Remove the switch

Remove the screw that secures the switch to the housing.

 

Now disconnect the four wires and remove the switch.


 

4. Install the new switch

Set the new switch into place and attach the wires using your diagram or photo as a reference.

 

Secure the switch with the housing screw.


 

5. Re-install the upper-handle housing

Set the housing into place and fasten the seven screws to finalize the repair.


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And that's how you can quickly repair the switch on a DeWalt DW708 miter saw. Completing this repair yourself will save you a lot of money compared to a repair shop. Remember to use our power tool parts finder to find the right parts for all your DeWalt and other power tool products. 
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