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03-07-2018 01:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic planer

Hi there. I’m brand new here. My question is on a 1995 powermatic 15 planer. Just picked it up today and looks to be in excellent condition. We ran some boards through it before I took it homeand worked fine. The power cord was too short for my shop so I had to install a new one like I have for all my 220 machines. I installed the wires exactly like the old cord although I am not getting any power. My meter reads 240-250 volts to the switch but not getting much of a read on the wires going to the motor. ( I’m assuming they are the black and white one in the very bottom of the board)Which indicated to me that it’s most likely the switch. Funny how it worked fine one hour before I installed the cord. It’s a magnetic switch and I’ve tried many times to reset the switch with no results. Am I missing something. By the way, I’ve always been looking on lumberjocks to find information for this and that and you all are very informative. Thought I’d make the next step and join the woodworking community on lumberjocks. Thank you. —Dave, New York

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 01:19 PM

i would review the motor documentation and maybe you got a crossed wire? Are you getting power on the outside of the magnetic switch?

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 02:28 PM

Yes. There is also 120volts from each of the leads going into the switch so the 240 is there until it hits the switch. Motor documentation looks correct although I’m not 100%. A black wire came out. It is a jumper wire coming from the bottom of the switch next to the capacitor. By my pics of switch and the documentation it looks like it goes to the same lead as the hot coming from the power source. Thanks for relying.

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 04:06 PM


A black wire came out. It is a jumper wire coming from the bottom of the switch next to the capacitor. By my pics of switch and the documentation it looks like it goes to the same lead as the hot coming from the power source. Thanks for relying.
- Pizzadave

I was going to suggest that something must have gone afoul during your handling or transportation of the planer.

If you post a pic of the mystery wire, it would be helpful

I have just acquired the same planer and am discussing my minor restoration and a complete tune up on this thread.

Here’s a link to the manual, if you don’t already have it.

LMK if I can help with a comparison photo of the wiring.

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 06:12 PM

Ok. Will do when I get home from work. Looking forward to you link too. Talk to you soon. Thank you.

-- Dave, NY, It works-It really does!

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 02:31 AM

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The loose wire is attached to bottom of switch panel next to the capacitor. I hope it’s an easy fix.
Thank you.

-- Dave, NY, It works-It really does!

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#6 posted 03-09-2018 06:01 PM

Problem solved. I had a faulty capacitor. You were correct MDave. A friend who is familiar with switches came to the house to help me. Luckily I had a spare switch laying around and it just so happens it was the exact same switch. Feeling relieved.

-- Dave, NY, It works-It really does!

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