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I am working on a new craftsman Model# 351217220 planer that I bought at an auction. I had to replace a pulley and a belt. I get the thing back together and discover that the motor runs backward. I've had the motor apart and tried hooking things up differently but I can't make it turn the other way. Is there anything I can do to make this happen

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  • bharing Nov 14, 2009

    yes I am positive the motor is running backwards. That's probably why it was at the auction in the first place. I have an identical model that I use all the time. The motor can't be flipped. Is it possible to reverse the direction of the motor?



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Are you CERTAIN the motor runs backwards? You provided the model number, however, I am not able to locate a picture of the device aside from the motor. Can you flip the motor over (effectively reversing the direction of travel for the pulley?)!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=351217220&productCategoryId=0734000&brandId=0247&brandName=CRAFTSMAN&modelName=PLANER

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  • A Miller Nov 14, 2009

    You added a couple new caveats previously unknown to me.

    Reversing the motor must be a possibility but I don't know how to explain the process to you because I don't fully understand it myself. This is a tuff question for a electrician, that deals with motors, to explain without all the motor particulars.

    Possibilities that I would explore and you probably have already:

    • Examine the motor on your existing machine to assure they are identical in every respect, electrically speaking.

    • Replace the motor with a new one from Sears. (if you got the auction device at a good price).

    • If nothing else, you will have a ready source or replacement parts for your existing machine.

    I'm sorry, I cannot help you further on this question.

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