My Dad got an old Craftsman 351.233831 Planer (manual) from one of his friends for $75 after it stopped working.
When turning it on the motor would hum for a second and then the breaker (or power strip) would trip. He left the machine with me to fix. The motor shaft wouldn’t turn at all so I had to take a bunch of the machine apart (and cut the belt off) to get the motor out. I ended up using a screwdriver and hammer against the fan to free up the motor. It didn’t want to move, but slowly some hardened gunk broke up and the shaft was spinning. Since I had it in pieces I cleaned out the gear box and applied new grease to the gears.
That’s not what the title of this post is about. Since I had the machine I thought it would be nice to build some dust collection for it; these machines create one hell of a mess. Here’s a step by step of the dust collection build.
I think it turned out pretty good and the paint is a nice touch. I might have to paint the one on my Delta dust collector.
After putting the new belt on and testing it out I noticed the feed rollers were in really bad shape so ordered a new set. The machine is an absolute beast, so I mounted it on one of the Harbor Freight stands, made a plywood base for the bottom, and put on some castors.
I still need to figure out how to replace the feed rollers and will swap out some of the knives that are nicked up. Then it should be running like a brand new planer! It’s cool to see my Dad getting excited about a new hobby; he already has a bunch of pallets collected to tear apart.
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Hi! I have the same model planer as you do! Great job on the dust collector! I need a new motor for mine. Do you have any sources ? Thanks, Kris B.
Sorry I don’t.
Help. I own the same planer. Cannot figure out how to change the blades. Any video or response would help. Thank you
Should be able to find a manual online. I seem to remember it being a pain in the ass.