Replacement Feed Rollers for a Craftsman 351.233831 Planer

While cleaning up the feed rollers on my Dad’s Craftsman 351.233831 Planer I noticed there were really beat up.

old-feed-roller
Old infeed roller

Unfortunately the part (#8520) is discontinued and I couldn’t find an aftermarket one anywhere online. I stumbled across some forum posts discussing roller resurfacing, so I got some quotes.

Mid American Rubber, which is actually here in Michigan, wanted $137 for each roller!

J. J. Short Associates, Inc. quoted $92.50 for one or $85 each if I did both.

These first two had big forms on their website with diagrams showing how to get all of the measurements they requested.

I had to call Feedrollers.com and provide some info. A day later they got back to me with a price of $57 each.

Western Roller Corporation had an online form but it was very basic so I only provided the model of the planer and the part number. I got an email saying, “most of these small table-top type planers we recover your existing shafts for $65.00 to $100.00 each.” That’s a pretty wide range, so I sent over the measurements provided to the other companies and they quoted $68.88 each.

I went with the cheapest one since these aren’t for a production shop of any kind. I shipped out the rollers and got them back exactly 3 weeks later.

I’m really impressed with these. Hopefully they hold up well for my Dad. After installing the rollers I swapped out and aligned all of the cutter knives. With this and all of the previous work, the planer runs like a brand new machine.

 

2 Replies to “Replacement Feed Rollers for a Craftsman 351.233831 Planer”

  1. Nick,

    Thanks for the pictures about this issue with the rollers. Mine will need the same process done soon, too.

    Two quick questions. 1) How have the rollers held up? 2) Would you be willing to send of the measurement specs you sent to this company? I have the same planer as you.

    Thanks.
    Andrew

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