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Old 07-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Need help finding brushes for vintage Powr-Kraft sander/polisher.

It was my dad's and I really don't want to throw the thing out over a set of brushes that can't cost but a few dollars.

Powr-Kraft 6" sander/polisher.
Model #TPC-8526A.
Sold at Monkey Wards "way back in the day".

I can't find anything online for this thing. Not so much as an image.

Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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I've made brushes for small motors & even alternators by sanding down a larger brush.

you just have to find a donor that has the pigtail in the right spot. find a shop that rebuilds automotive electrical.... they might even have something that drops right in.

post a pic of the old one
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Sears might be a good bet if they sold something similar, I was able to get parts from them online for a 40 YO drill press I inherited from my own father and the price was very reasonable...

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...raftsman-Parts
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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Good hardware stores usually have motor brushes in the area with all the drawers of hardware.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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I've made brushes for small motors & even alternators by sanding down a larger brush.

you just have to find a donor that has the pigtail in the right spot. find a shop that rebuilds automotive electrical.... they might even have something that drops right in.

post a pic of the old one
Might not be a bad idea. You looking for a pic of the brushes, I assume? There is no pigtail to note, just the brush/spring setup and the "housing" it slips into is hard-wired. I'll try to post something up this afternoon. Waiting on a plumber who is supposed to be here in 10 minutes. ( )

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Good hardware stores usually have motor brushes in the area with all the drawers of hardware.
This might be the best bet. Sort of embarrassed I hadn't thought of it. There is a great little place a couple minutes away, stores been there for 70+ years. Love going in to poke around.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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Good hardware stores usually have motor brushes in the area with all the drawers of hardware.

This. Bring one of the old ones with you as sometimes the pigtails have slight differences and you'll have 3 identical brushes in a drawer with different spring attachments. Also, sometimes they come in different lengths so measure the brush holder before you go. As mentioned you can sand them down but if you ever have had to actually do it you'll find it is not as simple as it sounds.
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This. Bring one of the old ones with you as sometimes the pigtails have slight differences and you'll have 3 identical brushes in a drawer with different spring attachments. Also, sometimes they come in different lengths so measure the brush holder before you go. As mentioned you can sand them down but if you ever have had to actually do it you'll find it is not as simple as it sounds.
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And if they don't have what you need at the hardware store, look up electrical motor/alternator rebuild places in your area. I have one across the street from my work that specializes in rebuilding power tools.

If you have a problem finding what you need, PM me and I'll walk over there next week and see if they have what you need based on your model number.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the suggestions, folks. I found a set that work perfectly at the local hardware store. $7 and the old lump is working like new. Gotta love old, well-built tools.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:12 AM   #9
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Oh yeah, the tool pr0n:



The old junk...


And the new shiny replacement...



She ain't much, but she's mine.
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