Craftsman Planer - Problem with Rollers

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04-17-2014 02:28 PM

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Hi Guys.

I posted this yesterday in the “Finishing Forum” because I couldn’t find “this” forum. I had a few suggestions, but nothing from anyone who owned one of these.

I have a CRAFTSMAN Professional 13” Planer. Haven’t used it much at all and it was almost new when I bought it. It’s model # 351-217430.

Today I planed a 1” x 6” mahogany board and it did just fine. Then when I tried to plane the other side, it quit feeding through.

Upon checking, I found the front and rear rollers both in what seems to be a “frozen” condition.

As I mentioned, I haven’t used it for a couple of years or so and it has been sitting around my workshop collecting dust. It is very DUSTY here in the desert.

You think that could be the cause? What do you recommend as a remedy.

Add: I haven’t run it more than 10 minutes. It ran fine when I got it a couple or three years ago. And it ran fine today when I planed the board. Who knows, maybe it took it’s last breath :)?.

Manual is at:

I’ll have to try digging into the info. So far, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I guess I’ll have to do a “hands on” check :).

Add: One thing I did notice…..over on the left side there was something turning, slowly, compared to the blades. It looked something like a universal joint, with probably four prongs. It looked like there was a slot across each prong (I used prong for the lack of a better term, but if you have ever seen a u-joint from a drive line taken apart, you’ll know what I mean). I have no idea what it might do or be.

THE ROLLERS ARE NOT turning, period.

I hope this is not too confusing. Thanks a bunch, Jim

-- Regards, Jim

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 02:41 PM

-- Regards, Jim

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