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Has anyone ever retrofit another type of motor on a model 149.236321 craftsman joiner/planer? Motor lost bearing and no longer available. Willing to reposition motor external to base, but looking for suggestions. Old motor had a P/N of NL73523.

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Hi Tony. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Just curious, where have you checked for bearings? If you've only checked with Sears, they have a reputation for not having parts stock for older machines. If there is an electric motor repair shop near you, I would check with them. Bearings are pretty standard items and chances are good they can cross reference for you and find one.

Barring that, you could check here:Old Woodworking Machines. Perhaps someone there can point you in the right direction.

Good luck, and do let us know how you make out.
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Tony, I would remove the bearings (2) and check with a local bearing supplier to get replacements. To get a motor replacement, check with WW Grainger.
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I agree with Brian and Gary that you can replace the bearings yourself. Google local motor bearings and you will find one close by that can replace the bearings for around $20. and you can put them in yourself. I have done this several times,once with a Craftsman table saw motor. Sure beats several hundred for a new motor.

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Hi Tony. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Just curious, where have you checked for bearings? If you've only checked with Sears, they have a reputation for not having parts stock for older machines. If there is an electric motor repair shop near you, I would check with them. Bearings are pretty standard items and chances are good they can cross reference for you and find one.

Barring that, you could check here:Old Woodworking Machines. Perhaps someone there can point you in the right direction.

Good luck, and do let us know how you make out.
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Tony, I would remove the bearings (2) and check with a local bearing supplier to get replacements. To get a motor replacement, check with WW Grainger.
+1 on that. here is pdf that can helps you:
http://vintagemachinery.org/files/PDF/FAQ/BearingID.pdf

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maybe these will help..

http://www.electricneutron.com/elect...duction-motor/

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Thanks for all of the responses...since posting, I have added to my own troubles. While pulling the "toothed" pulley off the shaft, I broke the plastic motor housing around the bearing...my bad. I will certainly look at some of the motor suppliers suggested, but the motor is pretty unique in that it is a 7/8 hp "super small" unit that fits inside the planer/joiner. I think I can add an external motor under unit and make it work. I will post pictures of the retro-fit if I get it to work. Again, thanks for all the suggestions and posts.
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Thanks for all of the responses...since posting, I have added to my own troubles. While pulling the "toothed" pulley off the shaft, I broke the plastic motor housing around the bearing...my bad. I will certainly look at some of the motor suppliers suggested, but the motor is pretty unique in that it is a 7/8 hp "super small" unit that fits inside the planer/joiner. I think I can add an external motor under unit and make it work. I will post pictures of the retro-fit if I get it to work. Again, thanks for all the suggestions and posts.
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