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Posted on Craftsman 113.12171 motor burned up, save it or replace it?

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#1 posted 03-17-2017 01:59 AM

OK, so I got tired of waiting for my husband to get around to taking the motor apart, so I did it myself. This is a surefire way to ensure that my husband comes to help. ;-) It was filthy in there, lots of sawdust and a couple of mud dobber’s nests, but between the shopvac and the air compressor I got the worst of that out.

^That’s the “before” picture for all you smart alecs on here. ;-)

One side of the shaft came off of the cover like it was no big deal, but the other end seemed wedged on pretty tight, so we had to break out a hammer and a makeshift punch. Then, when the shaft finally came apart, it didn’t have any “bearings”, it was more of a bushing.

It was buggered up though, so it needs to be replaced, and when it came out, we discovered it has a number on it, so that will hopefully help. My FIL says he has a whole bunch of bushings that we’re welcome to dig through or he suggested HD/Menards. We’ll see.

The cover for the capacitor came off easily, but was packed clear full of sawdust. I got quite a bit of it out, but was a bit nervous about poking around in there with a screwdriver to loosen it up. We’re not sure how to test it to see if it’s still working, but we can probably look it up online somewhere. When I put it back together, should I put some silicone or liquid gasket around it to seal it up from new dirt/debris?

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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