Model #351811580 CRAFTSMAN Planer

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Q:

how do I change planer brushes ?

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It is always a little frustrating when a tool starts acting up on us. I'm sorry to hear that you are having some issues with your Craftsman 13" Planer. I did some research at Managemylife website and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond. I have attached the link below so you can check it out. I hope this helps.

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James -
March 06, 2012
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Thank you for your question on checking the motor brushes on the planer.

I would suggest removing the front brush and examine its condition. Since both brushes will wear at the same rate, it will tell you if you need to remove the back brush when the front brush is worn down.

You will need to remove the planer side cover to gain access to the round tube. Remove the screws on the one end of the tube and you should be able to get enough room to remove the brush on the back side.

I hope this will help.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 07, 2012
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removing the side covers and the cap screws on the ends of the tube does not help since the ends of the tube sit in a recess.

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Dennis -
March 07, 2012
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Thank you for the update on the brush check. I am disappointed in that in looking at the diagram I thought that would be how you would get to the back brush block. I am sorry that I was not correct. It looked from the picture that if you removed that one rod end you would be able to gain access to the back brush block. I do not have one here to look at so I am sorry that I cannot help you further. I spoke with the technical support on this and he said that if you checked the front brush for wear and it is good then the back brush will be fine. If you need to change the brushes I guess it will require more dismantling of the planer to get to that brush block. If you find an easy way to solve this problem please let me know so I can share your information in the future. This one is a little different than the two planers models I have but I will look at them in my shop to see if there is way around this problem. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 08, 2012
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I have to admit that in my 50+ years of woodworking its the first time I have ever run into a situation like this. (I find "Newbie" a somewhat derogatory label) For some reason (which escapes me at the moment) I thought that the people who are telling me to perform this operation would know how to do it themselves. I'm sure that I can get the brush out one way or another, probably by removing the motor, if that won't void the warranty, but I feel the point is being missed.

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Dennis -
March 08, 2012
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I apologize that the newbie designation sounded derogatory. It is referring to you as being new to the web-site. There are so many models to know everthing about, and we do not get all the information needed to answer ever question satisfactory. We try very hard to get what information we do not have from the vendor who builds the product and I must say in this case I am also disappointed that the vendor support for this planer did not have a good solution. I will look at the model I have at home when I go to my shop this weekend to see if there is an easier way to get at that brush. Personally I have never changed brushes on my planer and I use it a lot for make exotic wood cutting boards. I will follow up with you. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 08, 2012
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I beleive I have figured out how to change the "rear" brush. First, unplug the planer. Remove the crank handle assembly, right top cap,right side panel,belt guard, and the cord clamp over on the left side. Then, if the philips panhead screw located inside the drive belt and the drive belt itself are removed, I beleive the motor will rotate toward the operator, on the two mounting pins, allowing access to the rear brush. I do not know if the small set screw on the left motor mounting pin needs to be loosened. Dennis

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Dennis -
March 09, 2012
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Thank you Dennis; for the update on the planer brush access. I cannot believe that they would design the planer to make it that hard to get to the back brush. Thank you for the instructions. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 12, 2012
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