I tried to purchase a switch for a reciprocating saw with variable speed for my Dewalt DW304. I discovered the part is no longer available.

Instead, I bought a similar switch used on the later model DW304PK. Its electronic, however, baffles me. The original one has a switch housing a simple DIAC circuit for triggering an external TRIAC, but the new one a more complex SCR circuit.

Below is my shoddy attempt at a schematic. I was able to read values from what I believe to be diodes, capacitors and resistors. The black strips are resistors. The two longer ones are slide resistors (?). I was unable to obtain a datasheet for it, but the make is Marquardt and the part number is 2069.0504. The SCR is a TN1215.

I was under the impression that an SCR throws away half of the voltage, whereas a TRIAC uses the full voltage. Is there a good reason why the manufacturer would use a SCR circuit when you are only getting half the power? For machines designed to cut metal, a lower speed is required, but what about torque?

Are the two glass diodes serving to rectify the other AC half, making the SCR behave as a DC speed controller on a universal motor? Perhaps, the circuit is serving the same function as the DIAC circuit by triggering phase angles?

Original Switch Front Circuit Board Original Board

New Switch revealing board New Switch Revealing Circuit Board

Front of Board

Front of New Circuit Board


simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

Poor attempt at creating a schematic

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    \$\begingroup\$ Without a circuit diagram and/or specifications we can only guess. Which model is the new switch for? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 1:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ The old saw was a Dw304 and the switch is made for a Dw304PK. They are very similar. I tried to look up the datasheet for the new one, but couldn't find it anywhere it is made by Marquardt 2069 series. There are several variants and my particular one is 2069.0504. It has an TN1215 scr. There are two diodes and there is a resistor strip and wiper at the top. \$\endgroup\$
    – user148298
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 1:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ Anything on the other side of the board? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 1:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Couldn't get it apart. I thought it might have another scr behind it, but then realize there would be no room for heat dissipation. I think it is a simple single sided board like the old one. It may have some contact areas. \$\endgroup\$
    – user148298
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 2:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the replacement switch for a different style of tool such as a battery operated one where low voltage square waves could be delivered from the battery pack? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 2:39

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Maybe this is what the circuit is:

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This circuit uses back EMF as feedback to better regulate the speed with changes in torque. The C106B is a sensitive gate SCR good for a couple of A.

I lifted the image from this site, but it was most likely originally plagiarized from the General Electric SCR manual and the obnoxious watermark added. GE has long ceased making this kind of device. The part numbers probably indicate an origin ca. 1970-75, give or take 5 years.


The motor is powered only the half cycle. The next half cyclce is used to measure back EMF and to determine the motor speed. So this is a speed controller, with back emf sensing speed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ What gives you that impression? The circuit seems too simple to be doing active speed regulation. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 13:15

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