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Forum topic by DoobieNC posted 02-13-2021 04:03 PM 370 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2021 04:03 PM

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While using my new planer, my dust collection backed up causing the planer to overheat. There was a spark from the motor and it would not cut back on. I cleaned out all of the debris and then it would cut on but the circuit on the planer would trip shutting it down. I checked the brushes on the motor and one showed some signs of overheating. I cleaned it up and now when you cut it on, it will start up but trip again after about 2 seconds. Do you think new brushes would fix the issue or tear deeper into the motor?

-- Derek, North Carolina

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#1 posted 02-13-2021 04:52 PM

If this is really a new planer, then just take it in for repairs. If it’s new to you, but actually a used tool, then it’s a reasonable project to tear into.

Also, please tell us the make and model so we can give educated answers for you.

I’ve had this problem before, and it was a actually the overload protector switch on the planer that was bad. They are thermal overloads and don’t always survive being tripped.

Best of luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-13-2021 05:17 PM

I bogged down a table saw once and tripped its built-in breaker. After that it would trip with only minor load. I read that these breakers sometimes get damaged when severely overloaded, causing them to trip too easily after that, and replacing the breaker fixed the problem.

If it is new, I would probably looking into warranty service but replacing the breaker is usually a cheap and easy fix.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 02-14-2021 01:52 AM

The planer is a WEN 6552. I called customer support thinking I would buy new brushes and start there. After a discussion with the tech, a new motor is being sent to me.

-- Derek, North Carolina

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#4 posted 02-14-2021 03:06 AM

Dust collection is under sized. Or from horrible fraud aka ( harbor freight)
Its Kinda unfair to blame the planer manufacturer

-- Aj

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