I've been planning on starting a new project once the weather got better and today it got up to about 61 degrees here so I got out in the shop and made this. I had some boards that I wanted to run through the planer.
The downside to it is...I also did this...
I was running my planer and had just stopped to empty my vacuum. Only a 6 gallon vacuum. Have to empty often but it works well for my use. Vacuum was packed full so I pulled the 4 inch hose off the vacuum and dumped the contents of my vacuum, reconnected the hose and went back to running the last board of the night through the planer. After a few passes through I noticed the shavings starting to blow back into the planer and thought it was odd that the vacuum would be full so quickly again so I shut it down as I was finished running the board through anyway. Just as I shut off the planer I heard what sounded like a "bug zapper" sap..snap..snap...I looked up and saw my hose reel smoking and all the insulation burnt away from the wires. After freaking out for a moment I got it all unplugged in a hurry. The wires were very hot! I decided to leave it lay while I put the planer and vacuum away and thats when I noticed that the 4 inch vacuum hose was completely plugged up. So I'm guessing the last time I emptied the vac the hose was full too and never got cleared. Being plugged up the vacuum started pulling too many amps and the wires got too hot and burned up the cord. Vacuum still runs fine as does all the rest of my machines. Just the cord reel was damaged.
Now...does anyone know if I can replace the cord to the reel or do I have to replace the whole thing?
Man...this is how people burn down their homes....glad I didn't do any more damage than this.