Saving A Jet JWP-15CS From Dump #1: Saved For The Day

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 03-08-2015 09:41 PM 1610 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 09:46 PM

Hell yeah.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 09:51 PM

Looks like a case of sweat equity….
Being worth the effort.
Good luck with the rehab!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 09:54 PM

time to research parts, tear down methods, serious rust removal methods (I did remove rust off my 6” Rockwell jointer bed and tear down, but that was easy). Who knows, I see another forum post today about same Jet with helical cutter head as an option, or the quick change blade option. Good things down the road.
Can anyone comment on having 2 planers as a good thing, in the work shop? This Jet will eventually replace my Rigid 4331 lunchbox planer.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 10:04 PM

I dont care that it was sitting out in the grass …. For a hundred bucks, you STILL SUCK ! :-)

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 11:19 PM

I think a lot of us would have picked it up for the $100 you-suck price too. I know I would have. Nice find and looking forward to the rehab blog.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 11:38 PM

Great purchase and salvation on this tool

-- Norman

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 11:48 AM

Git er done!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 06:11 AM

If it weren’t for caveman intellect, I’d have no intellect at all. If a caveman can’t do it, it’s not worth doin’. Ok, enough caveman fun. Great finds are still out there, and fall in your lap when least expected. Not just anybody has the daring to tear down a piece of machinery, clean it up, and put it back together. Your machine model was born to late to show up on the OWWM site, but it is still the best source of information on the web, if not inspiration, for rehabbing woodworking machinery. Good show, and good luck.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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