Thickness planer out of order


Affected Tool or Resource: Thickness planer in wood shop

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The planer is out of order. The fan shroud, where the vacuum hose connects, has broken into multiple pieces. Unfortunately, a replacement is no longer available. We’re down to epoxy and hope. I’ve got the part glued up, but it’s going to need a good night’s sleep. It broke on some stress points, so I’m not entirely optimistic on the epoxy holding permanently. But I’m not ruling out a holiday miracle.

Without this part, the planer will spew shavings everywhere; so it’s a fairly important part to have. If the repair fails, we’ll have to figure out how to make our own replacement.

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Update on the planer: it’s still out of order for a few more days, but for a new reason. The glue up on the duct seems successful; however, the belt that runs the sawdust exhaust fan is too stretched out to run the machine. It pops off in seconds. Then the sawdust quickly clogs up the cutterhead.

I ordered us a replacement, and it should be here in a few days.

When I ordered parts for this before, I had to order them from Grizzly… they have a nearly identical planer there (some minor differences) but much of the unit shares parts.

I think the part that you epoxied you’re talking about is P0689027 which I think they still have. The only thing I couldn’t get from them was the handle for cranking it up and down,

The belts I had ordered in the past from ebay about $6 each

Good to know! It does look like the same model.

The planer is back in business. Yesterday we found the cause of the belt coming off in no time: bad bearings on a shaft that allowed it to wobble. We pressed on some new bearings, and the belt is staying in place.

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