Planer cutterhead bearing replacement #3: UPDATE: IT’S ALL FIXED!! HOORAY!

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Blog entry by lightweightladylefty posted 12-28-2015 04:53 AM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most important: Thank you to the helpful woodworkers who were kind enough to guide me on this endeavor. You are the ones who gave me the courage to attempt this.

I received the order of the bearings last Monday afternoon and proceeded to get them installed without any major problems. I made several jigs to hold things in place while I pressed and pounded the bearings onto the shaft.

Here are the bearing pads I first used.

I made them to fit on either side and hold the shaft at the exact center of the opening.

It was a good idea, but not perfect. I was not able to get the drive side to stay centered front-to-back, but by tightening each clamp equally, I was able to seat the opposite end. Next I turned the cutterhead on end with the pad under the side that was seated and held the other end centered while using the old bearing to tap the new bearing into position.

I again placed the pads on either end and tightened the clamps as much as possible. By then each bearing was on about 1/3 of the way.
With the drive end setting on the bearing pad, I tapped the other bearing into place using an oak donut with my deadblow hammer.

Once that bearing was in place . . .

I flipped the cutterhead the opposite direction and finished installing the second bearing with my “custom-built” pad. (The oak split when I inserted the PVC so I just electrical-taped it back together).

I had attached my camera to a headlamp and wore it while I had taken the planer apart so I would remember how to put it back together. (Once I release the video clips, I expect the box office returns to put Star Wars to shame!)

I’m trying not to be too prideful since we know that “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18, but I must admit it did feel good to get the planer working again for less than $12. . . and all the priceless assistance from YOU! Thanks again!!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 05:24 AM

Lefty, I’m certainly happy for ya! Enjoy good milled lumber again now. And many, many thanks for the quote. You lead by example.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 06:40 AM

Wowsa! You do good work! Love the camera on the hat. Improvise and adapt. You spent a few bucks but a lot of your time. False pride is different from feeling you did a good job!

Now you can pass iton.

Happy New Year!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 02:07 PM

Congrats to you and your persistence and patience. Be proud of that

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 02:16 PM

Well done!
The rewards for your persistence will continue to roll in every time you plane a board.
...... and I’m sure you are allowed a little smile as you watch them emerge.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 04:14 PM

Congratulations on a job well done, but a word of caution. Working on tools can become addictive, I can
quit anytime after I finish fixing the three extra table saws in my shop. Hope you enjoy your planer.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 01:46 AM

Good as new. Can’t beat the feeling of satisfaction when you repair your own machines.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 03:28 AM

Thanks, guys, for all your encouragement along the way.

Gus, I’m not so sure about the addictive quality of tool work, but I do have a few more machines needing work: rollers need replaced on my Woodmaster 4-in-1; gears need replaced on my Ryobi BT3000 tablesaw and also on my Singer Touch & Sew. As long as I have another machine to do the work, I just keep putting it off!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 01:24 PM

Well done! Always a confidence builder and creator of satisfaction when you can beat an ailing machine back into good working order. There’s been a long standing rule in my household—my daughters will role their eyes and tell you so—that nothing gets thrown away until it has been fixed at least twice.

I give you a 9.5 on the MacGyver scale; not quite a 10, because you failed to post the recipe for your ‘oak donuts’. ;)

Seriously, way to jig yourself to success. You should send the link to this post to the planer mfg. You will make their tech supports’ day, I’m sure. :)

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#9 posted 12-17-2018 05:06 PM


No tech support; no planer manufacturer. They went out of business many years ago—shortly after I bought the planer in the early 1980s. Hence, LJs became tech support!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 12-17-2018 05:21 PM


About the oak donut recipe: they’re not really very tasty. Maple and walnut donuts are much better. Just make sure that the flour is very fine (best if taken from your sander). It’s just a simple substitution in any donut recipe: replace the flour with walnut or maple very fine (powdery) sawdust. Let me know how you like them! ;-)


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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