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MikeOB

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1432 days ago

My friend is letting me borrow his Craftsman planer model 351.217220 if that matters.

I seems to be spitting out 1/4” size semi circle metal pieces. It is also making an awful noise on top of the loud noise it usually makes. I checked the blades and they seem to be in good working condition. The belt seems to be fine. The rollers seem to be fine. Dust chutes are clear and the only thing I have not been able to get at to look at are the internal gears. Is there anything else I should be looking for?

The last board I planed had absolutely no metal in it.

Would welcome any suggestions…

-- Mike, Portage, WI


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richgreer

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#1 posted 1432 days ago

I’m a little hung up on your sentence, “The last board I planed had absolutely no metal in it.” Did previous boards has some metal in them? Was the planer “spitting out 1/4” size semi circle metal pieces” when you ran the last board through it?

Was the thickness of these “1/4” size semi circle metal pieces” roughly equal to the thickness that you were cutting off the wood?

As my questions imply, my first guess is that you ran some wood through the planner that had some metal in it. Of course, I don’t know that for a fact. That’s just my guess as to the most likely source of the problem.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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MikeOB

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#2 posted 1432 days ago

sorry about that statement….I have never ran metal through it. It was just to clarify that the metal did not come from the wood itself.

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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MikeOB

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#3 posted 1432 days ago

when the metal fell out of it….it was not touching a board at all. I had turned it on to start to put a board in, and that is when the noise started and I noticed 1-2 metal pieces.

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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Howie

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#4 posted 1432 days ago

You sure there wasn’t some metal that got into it accidently before you started planing? What did the boards look like? Were they planed okay?

-- Life is good.

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MikeOB

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#5 posted 1432 days ago

fresh cut at a saw mill….messing with it now…trying to look at the gears to see of something jammed it up.

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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richgreer

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#6 posted 1431 days ago

All I can say is this sounds serious. A planer should not spit out metal pieces. I would not run the planer again until you know what the problem is and you are certain that it is properly fixed.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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MikeOB

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#7 posted 1430 days ago

found the problem…the side of the bearing track(on the blade shaft)broke off exposing the ball bearings and the feet that hold them in. That is what was spitting out.

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 1425 days ago

Man, that can’t be good! Is it repairable?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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