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Festool TS 55 won't start

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I know there are some other Festool users here so hoping to get some help. I went to use my TS 55 track saw today and it wouldn't start. Not a sound. I bought this new probably 6 years ago but it has been very, very lightly used. Never dropped. Last time I used it, it purred like a kitten. Put it away. today, nothing.

Was able to run a circular saw off the same circuit and extension cord, so that's not the issue.

I took the power cord off the saw and reinstalled. Nothing.

Any ideas?
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I assume you checked the continuity of the power cord. The next thing I would check is the switch if you can get to it.
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jsburger wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:43 pm I assume you checked the continuity of the power cord. The next thing I would check is the switch if you can get to it.
Haven't checked either. Don't have a continuity tester.
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Alan,

Sorry to hear that. I haven't had a problem with mine yet. If the power cord is good, brushes maybe? Have you tried checking them and/or re-seating them? There is also a thermal overload device, but it sounds like the saw was cold beforehand so I doubt it was that...unless you were using it a lot and it got overheated right beforehand. I searched a bit on FOG - Festool Owner's Group forum and didn't see anything else that jumped out at me. It is a 3 year warranty on it, so it is out of warranty unfortunately. If all else fails you could still go through them on the repair if you can't figure it out.
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algale wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:48 pm
jsburger wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:43 pm I assume you checked the continuity of the power cord. The next thing I would check is the switch if you can get to it.
Haven't checked either. Don't have a continuity tester.
Without an Ohm meter I don't know how you would determine what is wrong. A cheap Volt/Ohm meter is under $10 most places.
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Then there is the idiot light(flashlight with probe and aligator clip at the end of a short length of wire).

Al have you tried rotating the blade(unplugged of course). Might restore brush/armature contact.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see what I can do and if I figure it out, I'll report back.
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This is embarrassing. The problem was simple. The Festool power cord has a lock that must be twisted to fully engage. Even though the first thing I tried was to remove it and put it back on, apparently I did not twist it far enough and it wasn't locked on. A good twist and now it is making sawdust again.
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algale wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 10:40 am This is embarrassing. The problem was simple. The Festool power cord has a lock that must be twisted to fully engage. Even though the first thing I tried was to remove it and put it back on, apparently I did not twist it far enough and it wasn't locked on. A good twist and now it is making sawdust again.
Alan,

Glad to hear it and thanks for updating us. Good to know.
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Glad it was that simple.(no $$$$)
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