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lumberjoe

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795 days ago

Recently, I got a great deal on a used Craftsman planer that works really well for me. Yesterday when I was done planing down some oak, I unplugged the planer to roll it out of the way. When I went to plug in my ROS, I noticed the post for the ground terminal had pulled out of the plug and was still in the socket. I killed the breaker and pulled it out with some needle nose pliers. The cord is still in good shape. Should I simply chop the plug off and get a replacement kit, or is buying a new cord the best bet? I make my own extension cords because it is MUCH cheaper and I believe the principle is the same. I figured I would ask before just jumping into it in case this is not best practice or recommended.

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CAH

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#1 posted 795 days ago

You can just replace the plug if the rest of the cord seems good. Sometimes it is really difficult to get access to the end of the cord inside thre machine and it may have a molded strain relief that you cannot duplicate. Just make sure that the plug clamps securely to the remaining cord.

PS. You didn’t have to pull the breaker to remove the ground post, nothing hot there.

CAH

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 795 days ago

Thanks CAH. I tend to go overboard on the safety stuff and don’t want to go near a live outlet with some pliers.

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Bob817

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#3 posted 795 days ago

CAH is right much easier to just replace the plug. Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 795 days ago

I would just replace the plug if the cord is in good shape as you have said.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Yeah, the cord is in great shape. I’ll just chop the end off and trough a new plug on it.

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 795 days ago

just plug. these are available everywhere and are easy to install (when swapping some machines from 110v/220v you replace just the plug for example). replacing the cord on the other hand – usually requires to disassemble the machine itself and get into the inside connections which are sometimes soldered – not an easy task and has too many chances of something going wrong.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 794 days ago

I’ll just do the plug, thanks everyone. I’m not afraid of soldering and I actually do quite a bit of it on PCB’s. I even have a collections of cords I removed from stuff that goes to tool heaven in case I need them. You’d be surprised at how many people throw/give stuff away due to a broken power cord. I got an above ground pool pump for free because the guy took out the cord with a string trimmer a week after he bought it and replaced it with a whole new pump.

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hhhopks

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#8 posted 794 days ago

Another volt for just replacing the plug.

The ground connection is important. It iis a safety measure.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 793 days ago

6.00$ and about 3 minutes of my time and the planer is making chips again. Thanks for the suggestions guys.

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