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JRPortman

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795 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: machine clean rejuvenate fix craftsman jointer planer molder rust oil grease question advice resource

I recently purchased a Craftsman 306.23377 Jointer Planer Molder on Craig’s List for $60 – it works, but is definitely in need of some TLC. Rusty surfaces, bone dry chain, etc. I’ve never fixed up an old machine before, and though i’m sure it needs grease and oil, i’m not sure which goes where and certainly don’t want to mess it up. Any advice or a resource that has info on this? thanks.

-- J.R.Portman, New Orleans, http://www.jrportman.com


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Loren

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#1 posted 795 days ago

Total score. You got the one with the 7” jointer on top and
the flip-up tables?

Also known as a Belsaw 805 or 684

http://www.belsaw.com/

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#2 posted 795 days ago

I had one for awhile for a jobsite machine. It was
pretty capable despite some crude design elements.

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#3 posted 795 days ago

Wd-40 is spray kerosene and pricey for what it is, but it
cleans out gunky mechanisms and cuts grease. You can
used that if needed to get things moving but do NOT,
whatever you do, squirt it into bearings unless you want
to shorten their life.

Bearings are probably fine but all those threaded rods will
be oxidized and so forth. Wire brush them and squirt them
with degreaser and wipe off as much of the rust as possible.

You may need to make a crank handle for the table as
they are often missing. A cheap-o socket meant for
removing spark plugs will if modified by cutting two
slots in it and you can use a speed-bar as your handle.

I would wax the threaded rods after you’ve got things
moving with the degreaser. The sprockets do well with
some grease.

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JRPortman

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#4 posted 795 days ago

Loren-
It has an 8” Jointer on top and flips open for the planer. Belsaw doesn’t list my model number on the site, but i might give them a call to see if the dust chute they sell will fit my machine, as i was planning on making one to fit myself. good call on the crank handle missing – was going to fabricate one from 1/2” pipe, but a spark plug remover sounds even better. Thanks for the cleaning recs as well – any particular brand of grease you recommend?

-- J.R.Portman, New Orleans, http://www.jrportman.com

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Start with the Sears and Belsaw sites and visit www.VintageMachinery.org and similar sites until you can come
up with a manual, unless you were lucky enough to get one with the machine. These older manuals usually
come with a parts breakdown and sometimes very good maintenance instructions. For threaded rods, I
prefer a dry graphite spray.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 795 days ago

white lithium grease is also handy for those threaded rods.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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