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Forum topic by seabiscuit posted 03-04-2012 02:54 AM 2451 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2012 02:54 AM

Problem solved.


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#1 posted 03-04-2012 03:00 AM

stand on the other side?

edit: Sorry I couldn’t help myself, it’s been that kind of day.

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 03:01 AM

clockwise facing the fence. you feed from the right side

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 03:04 AM

Wow. I wanna kill myself and then a room full of people.

I spent 6 hours assembling this thing, turn it on, the bloody motor runs backwards. They company says I can’t just swap the motor. I will need to return the whole thing.

What a great weekend.

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 03:08 AM

Who sold you a jointer with a head that spins backwards? Gotta know…

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 03:11 AM

I guess I deserve it after buying a Harbor Freight jointer. But even the reviews on here said it was worth it and since my craigslist never has anything but benchtop craftsman that supposedly suck and the next option is basically a $500 Ridgid or Jet -

I just bought the Dewalt 734 as well and was excited to joint and plane some boards. Now I think I might just return both.

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 03:32 AM

Well, a good jointer partnered with the Dewalt 734 helps you make some nice stuff. I’d reconsider.

Have you tried looking for an older jointer or even a newer used one like a Rigid on Craigslist? My nephew bought one for a very good price and it’s working well.

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 03:35 AM

Nobody deserves a jointer that spins backwards! : )

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 03:41 AM

Honestly, I get so frustrated with people constantly suggesting craigslist. I literally check it 2 times a day every single day for the past 6 months. I found a Ridgid one time for $500 (way overpriced considering they probably bought it for $250 when Home Depot was closing out), and a bunch of craftsman desktop.

Craigslist is not an option.

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 03:51 AM

Some electric motors will run backward if you have removed the ground plug and or put an adapter on the plug and stuck it in the socket backward. It’s called reverse polarity.

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 03:55 AM

Well this was a simple wiring job from the motor to the switch connecting black to black, white to white and neutrals to a screw on the frame of the unit. Nothing I could do wiring wise to make it run backwards.

I’m guessing some moron grabbed the wrong motor and put it in my kit. Worst part is they won’t let me just swap the motors. I would have to drag the whole 200 lbs machine back down myself and then spend another 6 hours putting a new one together.

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 04:05 AM

Before you go to the work of hauling it back. Make sure the belt is not tuisted between the pulleys. Not questioning your skil, but sometimes things like this happen.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 04:15 AM

It isn’t twisted. It really isn’t long enough to get twisted but I checked just in case.

:-(

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#13 posted 03-04-2012 04:20 AM

If it spins backwards you should be able to just reverse the polarity, wire it backwards. Also some motors have a small switch on them that changes the rotation. I have a craftsman jointer I have had for 16 years, it’s a bitch to align when changing the blades but works great once it’s fine tuned, bonus: blades are only $6.

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#14 posted 03-04-2012 04:23 AM

I had to wire the switch on the front myself (a white, black, green from the motor to the switch and then to a white/black/green which is the outlet cord. The neutrals (greens) are both connected to a screw in the frame of the jointer (outside of the switch box) and the blacks and whites are wired across from each other (across the switch). Anyways, when it was running backwards, I said what the heck and swapped the black and white on the motor side (so white was connected to black and black to white across the switch) – no difference.

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#15 posted 03-04-2012 04:25 AM

Oh, I don’t see any switches on it

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