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Forum topic by ATLJack posted 12-19-2013 04:01 PM 1237 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 04:01 PM

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I have an older Grizzly G1182 6” jointer that I found on craigslist a couple years ago. Up until now I have not had any problems with it. Starting last week it makes a loud clank when I start it up but then it sounds normal once it is reved up. When I try jointing a board the motor looses power and bogs down the cutterhead, it comes to a complete stop after I am 3”-4” into the cut. I am attempting to make a very shallow cut and the blades are somewhat sharp. I suspect that either the motor is bad or the belt is slipping but I am not sure how I can safely find out for sure. What happens when a motor goes bad? Can it loose power like this or does it just completely stop working? How can I test to see if its the belt slipping? Any help or insight anyone can help is appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 07:17 PM

It’s easy to check the belt. With the tool unplugged, just squeeze the belt halfway between the motor and the head. It should deflect about an inch.

A third possibility is a slipping sheave. Check those at the same time. Check the set screws for tightness, look for a missing woodruff key.

If indeed the motor is losing power, then check the wiring connections at the switch, the plug and at the motor itself (under a plate or cover of some kind). If those are snug, and if it’s the original motor, it could well be toast. Early Grizzly motors had a less than shiny failure rate.

Fortunately it is quite easy to replace a motor on a jointer.



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#2 posted 12-19-2013 07:21 PM

Belt slap at startup is a known issue with Grizzly jointers. Newer models have a belt tensioner to prevent the problem.

A loose belt might explain the belt slap, as well as apparent loss of power.

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 08:13 PM

I was having a issue with my 8” grizzly which I bought in July it would make noise at start up and I noticed power loss when using. I took the cover off and the belt was fine it was the gear pull had come loose. I tightened down pully and the problem went away. I wounder if your having the same issue I did, I hope that helps.

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 12:29 AM

Thanks for the replies, I will open it up tomorrow and see if I can figure out out.

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