Question about Grinders
I have a Popular Mechanics Bench Grinder and the capacitor burned out. I need to replace it but don't have a part number or manufacture. The part blew out most of the information on the capacitor.
What information can you recover? The MFD rating is important. If you can take a picture of the wrecked one that could help. The capacitor will either be a run capacitor or a starting capacitor and the difference is important. The packaging of the capacitor is often a clue. Usually starting caps are in black phenolic tubes. Usually run capacitors are in metal cases. If the rating is 15MFD or less, the capacitor is likely a run capacitor.
Posted on Jun 22, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Replacement should be simple. Just do a one for one hookup with the new part, after you unplug it first.
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Posted on Mar 28, 2009
Your grinder is listed on page 3085 of the Grainger catalogue. The part number for the eyeshield is 00281.00 and the number for the lower eyeshield bracket is 00280.00. The right hand upper eyeshield bracket is number 25188.00 and the upper left hand bracket number is 25177.00. All of this can be ordered through Grainger at 1-800-323-0620. Marvin T.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
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I had the same problem with a Northern Tools bench grinder. These are made in China and parts are hard to come by. I had enough room after removing the old broken on/off switch to install a single pole 15 amp light switch like you use in your home. I simply installed it horizontally and then put the switch cover on. It works perfectly. If you do not have enough room then look for any 15 amp or larger switch that will fit in the housing. Any on/off switch will work. You could even mount the switch on the bench in a switch housing and run the wires from the grinder to the switch and back if need be. Just be safe and make sure there are no exposed wires. As a last resort you could remove the switch connect the wires, eliminating the switch and use a plug in wall switch such as this.
Posted on Apr 24, 2010
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