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Forum topic by hcforde posted 11-05-2013 06:57 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hcforde

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11-05-2013 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: repair restore fix

I have a recently purchased a Craftsman planer model 351-23378 that is rusted on the post and on the 2 transport threads. It will only move about 1/2”-3/4” up or down. I am in the middle of dis-assembling it and need some advice on safely removing the rust so I can properly use the device. The motor works well and for the $40 I paid it is worth salvaging. I thought these post were stainless steel, OR I did not know stainless steel could rust. Any help and advice appreciated.

Thanks


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#1 posted 11-05-2013 07:08 PM

If you can disassemble, put everything in an EvapoRust bath over night. I’ll be watching this thread to see if there is anything you can do without disassembly, because mine are getting rusty also.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 09:53 PM

Thanks for the confirmation. I went to Harbor Freight after I started the topic and got some EvapoRust. I just finished dis-assembling it then came up here to see if I had any replies. I hope for both of our sakes I got the right stuff. Taking it apart was very easy as far as the procedure. The only thing was wiggling the post out in rotation because 2 of the top bolts would not come out. It is NOT the theads that are/were the problem but the post that were hanging it up.

I need to wash off the WD40 and PB Blaster with soap and water before giving the parts an EvapoRust bath. While that is being done I think I will totally clean the rest of the unit up. I bought a Craftsman 10” Radial arm saw from the same guy that can also use a bit of the EvapoRust treatment on the vertical post. The saw works perfectly though and he only wanted $90 for it so I can’t really complain about the equipment too much.

My only concern is putting the planer back together so it is perfectly flat

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 11:39 PM

I can say from experience that you will be ecstatic with the results from the EvapoRust. BTW, welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 11-06-2013 12:40 AM

I do a lot of rust removal since we buy old American woodworking equipment for fun. I just use my loving Milwaukee angle grinder with wire wheel. It will bust some rust on threads lickedy split. I will use some WD40 to get things moving, after getting threaded rods cleaned up well with my grinding wheel, I will treat the threaded rod with white lithium grease and away we go. If things are rusted together or seized, I will soak the areas 2 times per day with WD 40 or PB Blaster and repeat this drinching for a week or so until I start getting movement, then botta bing botta bang, we are back in business :)

There is nothing like seeing old equipment coming back to life, it is almost as if it is looking back at me and smiling.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#5 posted 11-06-2013 12:44 AM

Stainless will rust depending on the grade.
I like the PB stuff but usually you have to soak it a couple of times.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 02:53 AM

Well, the Evapo-Rust seems to work well and it was cheaper than the 3 step solution offered by Woodcrafters at a local store here. Although I do not have a side-by-side comparison of the results of the 2 different products. My total investment so far in this planer is $47.30 so not a bad price.

I tried to polish the post up with some Brasso Metal Polish. They are nice and smooth but no shine.(I did not put a lot of time into it though)

I have not put it back together yet but I was wondering if I should use white Lithium grease, or a different type of lube for the post and threaded screw. I also have some DuPont Teflon Penetrant that “stops and breaks rust”. It is suppose to break rust, lubricate and protect from further rusting. It is thin, like an oil. AND some PB Lubricant which I got free this summer when I bought a can of the Blaster product.

Any preferences on what I have or is there something different I should be looking at.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 02:47 PM

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hcforde

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 03:48 PM

That can NEVER be too late for anyone!!! I needed a quicker fix for the planer but I can definitely use this in the future. I am restoring Fieros and this will come in very handy. Plus it is non-toxic and CHEAP. I have a 6 Cyl engine I have removed from a 1988 Fiero that had been sitting out for about 13 years. I may just return the sand blaster cabinet I bought from Harbor Freight and use this method. I can buy a lot of vinegar and salt for $200+ I spent on the cabinet. Thanks

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 11:59 PM

I really like vehicle restos. If you’re ever sitting around with nothing to do, PM me some pics of the Fiero progress and if you try the salt and vinegar let us know how it works.

-- Gary

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Howie

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#10 posted 11-08-2013 12:11 AM

Vinegar and salt look like a winner. Have to try it next time. Thanks for the tip.

-- Life is good.

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hcforde

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#11 posted 11-08-2013 01:22 AM

” If you’re ever sitting around with nothing to do”..........

LOL Gary, Here is my list of To Do’s.
1. Redo my fence, that is what I bought the planer for. I am going to plane the pickets, paint them and then enclose the pickets top & bottom. I am putting them on 6” post instead of 4”
2. Xeriscape my front yard, It curently has a 2 foot drop from the house to the sidewalk so I am going to terrace the front lawn and put in drainage so my hard work does NOT wash away during a rain.
3. Extend my front porch 6’ to the front & 10 more feet to the side
4. Build a 12’16’ storage in the back yard as well as a 10’12’ greenhouse.
5. Work on the 3 non running Fieros I have. I have a 4cyl & a 6cyl that are running that I need to do a paint job on.

There is never a time when I will have nothing to do…..................in the near future anyway.

This is just my fun stuff!!! Then there is the kitchen floor the spouse wants done, cabinets, going from carpet to wood in the 2 living areas and dining room

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#12 posted 11-08-2013 03:16 PM

“There is never a time when I will have nothing to do”

I hear ya man! Being a Spouse, Dad, Homeowner, and employee keeps the schedule mighty full. To top it off, the birth of Pintrest has done nothing but make my honey-do list bigger.

-- Gary

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