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mahdee

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08-13-2018 12:14 PM

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After 34 years of problem free service, my Craftsman Jointer/planer quit yesterday. I thought about having the motor rebuild but decided against it. I had a motor rebuild for a Craftsman air compressor for $80 and it lasted like 3 weeks and that was what dissuade me; the second time $60 and it died after the 4-5th use. I ordered a Ridged for about $600 mainly due to all the good reviews and the so called lifetime service agreement. However, I doubt any woodworking machine will last 34 years without having to replace any parts other than the blades. BTW, the blades on the Craftsman are 34 years old as well.
May she rest in peace!

-- earthartandfoods.com


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Jeff

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 12:36 PM

Well you sure got your money’s worth out of that one. While the Ridgid jointer is a very good one (I have one), for $600 would it be possible to buy a new motor for the Craftsman?

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 01:03 PM

Hi Jeff,
Checked the net for the motor and it is no longer produced.


-- earthartandfoods.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 01:35 PM

sorry to hear of your loss … but 34 years WOW…. GRATZ on your new toy …. ENJOY :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 01:37 PM

I have had the ridgid jointer for 10 or 12 years now. I have been and am very happy with the machine.

The only downside to the machine are the limitations on stock size but if you make small to mid sized pieces then i think you will be very happy with it.

I bought the cheap knives from Amazon a couple times and they worked well. The third and fourth set had a nasty arc running from side to side. I have been buying them from Holbren since. The knives from holbren seem to hold their edge better.

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verdesardog

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 02:37 PM

There are hundreds of new motors that will probably work, no need for only the OEM motor.

-- .. heyoka ..

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Kilo19

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#6 posted 08-13-2018 02:52 PM

Is this for the 4 1/2” (??) planer/jointer. If so I have one thats working problem free. Only thing is I use it, willing to trade :D (grin) kidding. A new ridgid planer and an older craftsman motor is hardly an even trade.

Sorry for the loss of a great piece of machinery, esp to last that long.

-- Justin

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mahdee

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#7 posted 08-13-2018 03:09 PM


sorry to hear of your loss … but 34 years WOW…. GRATZ on your new toy …. ENJOY :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thank you. Most of my Craftsman tools (Bandsaw, table saw) had live to be that old. Recently replaced my table saw. The bandsaw still turning (fingers crossed).

-- earthartandfoods.com

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mahdee

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#8 posted 08-13-2018 03:13 PM


I have had the ridgid jointer for 10 or 12 years now. I have been and am very happy with the machine.

The only downside to the machine are the limitations on stock size but if you make small to mid sized pieces then i think you will be very happy with it.

I bought the cheap knives from Amazon a couple times and they worked well. The third and fourth set had a nasty arc running from side to side. I have been buying them from Holbren since. The knives from holbren seem to hold their edge better.

- joey502


Thank you for the info joey502. I need to check and see if they make them carbide. I used my 19-38 sander or planer for large stocks.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 08-13-2018 03:14 PM

Thank you. Most of my Craftsman tools (Bandsaw, table saw) had live to be that old. Recently replaced my table saw. The bandsaw still turning (fingers crossed).

- mahdee


I Recently had to upgrade my band saw still running but had a very bad vibration just couldn’t get rid of :<(( hopefully I will not have to write a farewell to my table saw :<((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mahdee

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#10 posted 08-13-2018 03:17 PM



There are hundreds of new motors that will probably work, no need for only the OEM motor.

- verdesardog

I wish that was the case verdesardog. This one is kinda square and it requires three bolts at precise locations in order to mount to the bracket that mounts to the body of the jointer. Looking at the picture of the motor, on the left, you can see the mounting bracket.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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mahdee

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#11 posted 08-13-2018 03:19 PM

Justin,
It is a 6-1/8”.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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mahdee

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#12 posted 08-13-2018 03:21 PM

Tony-,
I’ve been reading the responses to your post. Hope you got it fixed.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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