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The out side description you have given is correct.
The short cord goes to the motor on one end, the other end goes to the switch. The long cord goes from the switch to the
Electric receptacle .
You said it worked when connected to a power strip.
That would eleminate any wiring problems involving the two cords and the switch.
This is assuming you plugged the saw directly into the power strip and did not byoass the switch or longer cord .