Powermatic Model 15 Planer refurb--vintage 1995 #2: Power cords don't really need they?

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Blog entry by Retseih posted 09-29-2010 03:37 AM 4209 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Entry number 1 in a long series of boring tool upgrades.... Part 2 of Powermatic Model 15 Planer refurb--vintage 1995 series Part 3: ...I should call this Blog fixing up old stuff, but I need help fast. »

After close examination of the power cord on my “new” planer…I discovered that while the cord itself is an impressive 15 feet long it seems to lack continuity in the insulation. I’m not sure if the previous owner ran over it several times with the “beast” thereby chewing the insulation to shreds or if it was used to power the lights of a puppy mill. No need to bother the prior owner for the “I don’t remember” response. Not a big deal as I put my BSEE degree to work and swapped out the cord with the one from my shaper. The shaper got the new 10 foot 12 gauge fluorescent yellow cord from HF for $10 running the grand total up to $510…unless of course you bill the cord to the shaper.

I uploaded some photos so you could get the true appreciation for the beast.

I’m not sure when Powermatic went from the greenish gold tint to gold but this previous color kind of looks like a pueblano chili to me.

As you can see from this photo the infeed table was damaged from the prior mentioned immemorable event. In my next blog entry I hope to conquer the brackets for the fix…I would like some help on infeed and outfeed. As all of you PM15 owners know the head is stationary and the table moves up and down. Has anyone come up with a clever way of extending the infeed and outfeed without manually adjusting a roller stand each time? I’m all ears.

thx, Dick

-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 07:02 AM

That’s an impressive planer. I am pretty sure it must be rock solid.
Are the knives in decent condition?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 03:07 PM

I kind of skimmed over your first posting. With pictures, I went back and re-read. If you keep posting pictures along with your writing, I’ll keep reading. I’m a very visual person (like a 2 yr old).

I can’t imagine how so much damage could have been done without remembering what happened. Regardless, it looks to have an awful lot of potential. I’d wage it could even be used quite satisfactorily as is. Even with the break, it has a much longer bed than my craftsman 12 inch that does not have infeed and outfeed tables at all. Great find.

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 03:09 PM

oh, and one idea i plan to try is to make a melamine covered sled that has a cleat underneath to prevent it from sliding. This will be several feet long and I plan to just slide any boards to be planed in on top of the sled. it worked well when I tried it out for a couple small pieces. I’m not sure how it will work for larger pieces.

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 03:15 PM

That should be a good planer for you. I love PM.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 04:06 PM

Is the table still flat after taking the stress required to break off that piece? If it is, it really is a beast. I know
what you mean about fixing up old tools. My wife informed me that I have spent more time working on my
“new” tools than using my shop this last month. Enjoy your shop and the fun of making things work.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 06:20 PM

The knives are in decent condition. There are really no nicks in the finished edge. The finish does not compare to the DW735 I had which was glassy smooth and rarely any snipe at all. The Beast supposedly has two speeds, but I am having a hard time telling which speed is which. Either I am not paying close enough attention or there is an issue with the lever that switches gear. I will look closer at this.

I have used the melamine trick before and it produces really good results as far as minimizing snipe. I seem to get snipe on the infeed side but not the outfeed side. I would like to work on this a bit, because as a woodworker I am really really cheap…no offense to everyone out there, but you know who you are. I will probably give this a try since it is very inexpensive to make a sled that sits down on the table. One feature the PM 15 has that would be eliminated with the melamine sled are the built in rollers in the table. This is to help material slide on the table as it is being pressed down by the infeed and outfeed power rollers. I guess the final finish and thickness uniformity is the bottom line.

Anyone out there with a shelix head that has converted a PM 15? How difficult is it? Were you overwhelmed with great results…i.e. the $600 was well worth it.

The table is still flat since it is a cast metal piece, which is probably why the table broke in the first place.

-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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