It didn't cremate, and the switch works. But the motor is so stiff it won't turn. When I put the ends back on, just tightening the screws a little makes it lock up. I can turn the shaft with a pair of pliers, but not by hand. Spins freely until I try to tighten the nuts. So no doubt the thermos switch was doing its job. Takes it a while to cool off, though. There is oil on the felt at both ends, so it ain't dry. Just stiff. And it won't go. ?????