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Dwain

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01-13-2018 05:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vintage power tool planer craftsman parks

I am trying to get an old 1950’s vintage Craftsman Parks planer running. It has been sitting in my garage for several years and in the last year, I have been cleaning it up and restored the motor. Now that I have the motor all worked out, I want to get this thing running. The gear box has grease, and the planer knives are pretty sharp. The beds are pretty clean and flat.

I was out in the shop tonight and got ansy, so I connected my belt to one of the pulleys (the planer runs with two) just to see the planer run again. It was exciting to see the thing run after such a long time. It was suprisingly quiet and smooth. HOWEVER, the infeed roller seems to be turning in the wrong direction, pushing the wood back at me, rather than toward the cutterhead. When I bought the planer I tested it a few times, and this wasn’t an issue. I bought the planer a few years ago, but for the life of me, I can’t imagine what I could have done to cause this.

Now, I would like to post my question over on OWWM.org, however there is an issue with my log in credentials so I am coming here.

I am hoping this is a simple fix, but I don’t know where to start. I appreciate any help that can be provided, I will provide pictures if necessary.

Thanks in advance!

Dwain

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do


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#1 posted 01-13-2018 05:32 AM

IIRC, if it’s the model I’m thinking of, the feed rollers are chain driven, so are both running backwards? Did you accidentally wire the motor for reverse direction when you rebuilt it? Cutterhead spinning in the correct direction?

Cheers,
Brad

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HerbC

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 05:34 AM

Is the cutter head rotating in the correct direction? If not, you have somehow reversed the rotation of the motor… Otherwise, I don’t know enough about those systems to add anything of value.

But keep it up, you’ll get it all working correctly someday soon.

Herb

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#3 posted 01-13-2018 02:24 PM

Happens 51% of the time when you wire up three phase. :-)

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Dwain

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#4 posted 01-13-2018 02:37 PM

Thanks guys, that is what I was thinking of the motor wiring as well, however the cutterhead appears to be going in the correct direction, with the sharp edge toward the wood… My only other thought is it’s something with the gearing…

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#5 posted 01-13-2018 04:46 PM

Hi. Been awhile since I’ve been around one of these. Maybe my memory is wrong, but isn’t there a lever that stops and reverses the feed? Or am I thinking of another model? If there is check where is is set.

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Dwain

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#6 posted 01-14-2018 04:18 AM

Bold1,

That’s right, but the lever only stops the infeed roller, it doesn’t reverse it.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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bold1

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 10:07 PM

Your right. The 95 only has an emergency feed stop. Pulled up the owners manual for the model 95. Everything is gear or chain driven. If your infeed is turning counter so should your knife head. Sounds like your motor.

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Dwain

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#8 posted 03-05-2018 01:26 AM

Well, I thought I’d close this out. bold1, you are right. It was the motor. Evidentally there is a small switch at one end that changes the motor direction. The motor shop didn’t even charge me. HOwever, I paid the price in shame. The shame of the ignorant. Still, I’ll know for next time. Thanks for all the replies!!!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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