After looking for a better quality thicknesser in classified newspapers and online trading sites for quite some time, I finally found something that seemed to good to be true, advertised as a 16″ panel saw, 6″ jointer, 15″ planer/thicknesser, and a 1200CFM industrial dust extractor, it caught my eye, and for the low price of $400 for the lot how could it not?
At first I thought it would have been a typo in the advert, I thought it should have said $4000 not $400, but just incase it wasn’t a typo I decided to drop them a line anyway and what do you know, the price was confirmed, and I was given a detailed explanation on all the machines.
The next day I was on the road with the biggest trailer I could find and made the 4 hour round trip to collect the old but reliable machines. Upon arrival the panel saw was much bigger and alot heaver than I was expecting and although it would have been a great addition the shop (especially for ripping reclaimed timber) I decided I would leave it with them to try sell it to someone that would be able to use it to its full potential.
As a bonus he also threw in a commercial sharpening jig (it may be a bit rusty but it will clean up) it was designed to be used with thicknesser blades and accommodates blades from 3″ wide to 15″ wide, as well as a blade setting jig, and a tenoning table wich I’m yet to figure out how to use properly.
After a back breaking hour of loading up the trailer it was back on the road for a few hours back to the workshop. After unloading the trailer I began tinkering with my new goodies. I must say that the thicknesser is an exceptional machine, weighing over 250kg it a heavy unit, but all that weight translates into one very stable machine, of-course there was a bit of surface rust that had the be removed but once it was finally ready to pass a few boards through the machine came to life, but what would you expect with a 3HP motor!
Now the dust extractor is in a class of its own, the thing is HUGE! Giving out a massive 1200CFM of airflow the thing just eats my other unit wich only gives 680CFM, the dust port is upsized from 100mm to 125mm. I think the only downside is the footprint in the work shop is a fairly substantial amount bigger.
The jointer is a smaller unit, about 6″ wide and only 1.1 metres long, it too is old but very solid.Unfortunately I won’t be able to fire this one up as the motor is 3phase (I don’t have 3ph power yet) but I have an old 1 1/2 HP motor sitting in the shed I think I’ll be able to fit with relative ease. Although not able to power it up I can tell its going to be a stable machine, the fence is nice and solid with little to no flex making it perfect for edging, I believe this unit will become a very well used addition to my workshop.
-- Regards, Jordan Crawford, http://www.jordswoodshop.com