Craftsman Jointer/Planer 6 1/8" -- won't start

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Forum topic by toddcmiller posted 11-12-2012 07:51 PM 2529 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2012 07:51 PM

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I am extremely new into woodworking and I bought my first jointer/planer (Craftsman #11320680) on Craigslist the other day. The guy who sold it to me turned it on at his place and I also turned it on when I got it home. The next morning, and since then, it won’t start. I have checked the switch connections, changed the capacitor and cleaned out the motor (which to my understanding is not seized since I can spin it with my hand, but I could be wrong about that). The motor doesn’t make any sound at all and if I turn the switch enough times quickly, it will trip the outlet in my garage.

Does anyone have any insight into what could possibly be wrong with it, what I may be overlooking?

I also only paid $100 and it is an older machine (1987) so I need to know if it would be worth it to dig deeper into this problem or if I should count my loss and try again with another machine.

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 08:42 PM

Try plugging the motor directly into the outlet, without the switch. Also make sure the connections at the motor and switch are tight and free of corrosion.

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 10:33 PM

Thanks. I plugged the motor into the wall and it started right up.

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 12:05 AM

Just a bad switch…cool an easy fix!

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 10:26 PM

An inexpensive multi-tester will also let you test a switch, quite easily. Don’t use it with the thing plugged in. You’re only looking for continuity.

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