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:( Well my O-L-D Craftsman 6" belt/9" disc combo sander has bit the bullet. This machine is a baby boomer like myself. Well from the 70's anyway. Motor doesn't want to engage and it blows the circuit breaker. Hate to send it to the landfill after all it's been through. It's mounted on it's own table top as well, they don't make machines like that anymore. I have come to really rely on the disc sander to get the stick to topper fit up flush. I am going to drag it out ( heavy as halo) and see if I can change out the motor before I banish it to the dump and have to get a Kung Foo special
 

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I wouldn't throw it out without trying to fix it first.

Most of the machines in my shop are vintage ones that I rebuilt. Most started out as complete rust buckets that hadn't run in years. It could be a relatively simple fix. Does it blow the breaker instantly like a short or is it more like it hums first like it's trying to turn then blows? Does it feel ok when you turn it by hand? It's not impossible but most older motors are pretty hard to kill. I would check the cord and switch for loose connections or shorts, it could also be a bad start capacitor on the motor.

If it's American or at least not Asian made and over 20 years old you might take a look at OWWM.org. It's a forum devoted to non-Asian vintage wood working machines. The owner of the site doesn't want to clutter it up with discussions about modern Asian imports. There's also it's sister site VintageMachinery.org. It has a wiki devoted to general restoration tips and there may be a copy of your owner's manual there too if you don't have one.

Careful though, restoring old machines is a good hobby itself.

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Is it like this one?

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Replacing the motor on a belt driven machine like this is dead simple.

(Image taken from VintageMachinery.org)

Rodney
 

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My machine is similar, though not that clean! I have a found a local electric shop that says they can rebuild my motor. I can't see getting rid of it just cause it's old and needs a little work. I'm old and need a lot of work !!
 

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I have a number of replacement parts and while I do not work as well as I did I can still get the job done. Newer motor will do the same for the sander MJC4!
 
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