wiring a old craftmans jointer

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Forum topic by walksonwater posted 04-29-2009 06:08 PM 1399 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2009 06:08 PM

hello and thanks for any info ahead of time.. i bought a old craftsman’s jointer and need to wire a on/off switch to it as of now i turn it on and off from the motor but reach down to turn off while it’s running is a bit danger. i built a stand to put the jointer on but need to wire it now please send any info, picture’s ,wire diagram thanks .

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 06:13 PM

Have you tried Sears’ Parts Direct? They have a section on manuals that may have the wiring diagram you need?

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 11:40 PM

Look at these switches.

I put one of these on my table saw and I like that I can shut it off by just bumping the huge OFF switch with my leg. All you have to do is install it in a small electrical box and wire it in series with the black wire.

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 05:59 PM

Ampeater – I just bought two similar switches from woodworkers supply ($26, their part number 140-066) to install on my mobile table saw/router table cabinet (my first project, will post when it’s presentable). I’ve done some basic home wiring but the connections on the back of the switch didn’t appear obvious at first glance and they came with no instructions…only a strange diagram referencing single vs. three phase power. What do you mean by ‘wire it in a series with black wire’?

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#4 posted 05-02-2009 05:44 AM

The black wire coming out the the plug should the the “line” wire on 120V. You can test this by using a volt meter and putting one lead on the black connection and one on a piece of metal. If it shows a voltage its hot.

Just wire the black wire into the switch and run the black wire from the motor to the other side. Don’t connect both wires on a 120V motor if it is capacitor start as the cap won’t have anywhere to bleed too, making it a safety hazard to service.

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 09:29 PM

Thanks for the info marcb, makes sense. I’m going to wire the switch to an outlet so i can kick on my shop vac and tool at the same time, sounds like it should be pretty straight forward.

Sorry to mooch off of your thread walksonwater.

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 03:39 AM

good luck

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