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DeWalt 733 planer died today

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I bought it new in 1997 and used it off and on for the first 17 years but in the last 3 I have used it a lot, sometimes daily. It has always run fine but today I turned it on and it ran for 1/2 a second then quit. Here's what I know:

1) It is getting power, I even switched to different circuit altogether
2) I pulled the switch out to verify that it is good
3) The brushes, though original, are still 1/2" long and show no signs of chipping or abnormal wear
4) The wires on the brushes are intact and the springs have plenty of tension
5) The motor is easy to spins (took the side covers off to verify)
6) The 18 amp built-in breaker on the top of the motor is in the position it should be in
7) In shining a light onto the commutator I see no chips or bridged arcs between segments

I don't really want to spend the money on a new planer and would rather get this one running again. I can order new brushes just to rule that out but again, the current ones look fine to me.


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Hi Guys, I have had a similar problem. Motor was not running good so
I replaced the brushes(old ones were worn out after inspecting them) and when
I hit the power switch nothing!!! Power switch was good as well as the breaker.
The last thing I did was(with the power off of course) spin the motor a bit by pulling
on the belt(did not have to take the case off as you can find a small opening that will
let a couple of fingers in to advance the motor by pulling on the belt).

MUCH TO MY SURPRISE BAM!!!! I pulled the switch She is up and running again.

After all that it was a 5 second fix...LOL!
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