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

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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 648 days ago

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 648 days ago

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

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#3 posted 648 days ago

Just a bad switch…cool an easy fix!


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#4 posted 647 days ago

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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