My shop has been off-line for the last couple of days. My Delta AP400 dust collector decided that it didn’t want to turn on anymore. It kept trying, but the motor wouldn’t start spinning without a push. I spent an hour or so the other night pulling apart the motor. I couldn’t find any worn out parts or bad bearings. When I opened the box on the side of the motor, everything looked good in there as well. After discussing the problem with a friend, I decided to order a new capacitor. Ereplacementparts.com had the replacement capacitor available for $30. I got the new part yesterday so I pulled out the old one. I was surprised to find that the old one was blown out on the back side, where I couldn’t see it, when it was bolted in place.
I was also a little nervous about the fact that the recommended replacement capacitor was considerably shorter.
I removed the old one and wired up the new capacitor. It fired up perfectly when I threw the switch.
The next problem that this unit had, was the upper filter bag had developed a hole. It was blowing fine dust everywhere. Since the filter bag is fabric, I decided to try an iron-on patch for a pair of jeans. So far, it is working surprisingly well. I also turned the bag 180 degrees around so that side was no longer rubbing against the vertical support that caused the first hole. I figured the first side lasted 10 years, the second side should too…
While I was ordering parts for the dust collector, I went ahead and ordered some lubricants for general maintenance on the Carvewright carver.
I brought my surface down to the shop and stepped through the maintenance videos on the Carvewright website.
First step was to clean everything with WD-40
The parts were not as dirty as I feared they would be, but with over 70 hours of cut time on it, I figured a little maintenance was due.
Once everything was cleaned, I oiled the rails the cutter moves on, then applied the recommended grease to the lead screws and vertical posts.
I also cleaned the drive cable and lubricated it, but I forgot to take a picture.
Well, it only took a few hours, but the dust collector and the carver are both re-assembled and ready to go.