I found this Jet planer on craigslist for $200, with the only picture available was the Jet badge of model number. I emailed the person about it and asking for a couple more pictures. The reply was sad. This planer stood outside for 2 years out in the elements in Northern California, and the rust showed it to be true. Here are the pictures sent to me that first day:
2 weeks went by, thinking someone has surely claimed this for the bargain price tag while I was too busy and weather delayed my own attempts to claim it (driving over Sierra Mountain range during snow fall is not worth any machine). But, nope. No one has shown interest: no phone calls nor emails to the seller. I requested price to be dropped to $100, and he said yes. I did the 2 hour drive on a Tuesday to pick it up in the only way I could: my dodge 1500 pickup (no trailer). Met the gentleman at a house outside of Grass Valley (20 acres, beautiful, but empty house). Out under a big tree, stood this planer in the grass along with a stove and refrigerator. I asked what happened. He told me his brother was renting this house for 10+ years but had to move. It was a rush move so did not have time to take the heavy stuff. Everything was tossed into a trailer from the house and offloaded 200 feet away under this tree. The guy then told me, good thing I showed up because he was about to call the dump truck to come take everything to the dump (this was after I handed him the $100, but oh well). We proceeded to load this planer into my truck. 2 hours later of caveman physics by two guys, it laid in my pickup bed. I now know what 500lbs feels like. Here is the picture of my late night arrival back in Reno:
Knowing I would not have help for a number of days to off load this planer, I put the truck in the garage. Next day, I asked a friend who works at a industrial lift company for assistance and he sent over the manual hand-cranked lift, as we both were a little skittish of running a warehouse 4,000lb forklift on this Sunday. I am no industrial material handling specialist so this COULD of been done much better, but I made due with my caveman intellect:
So now this $100 Jet JWP-15CS that was 1 hour away from being dumped, sits safely at home in my garage. I started this blog entry as the next phase will soon begin: tear down, anti-rust, etc.
-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter