The A3 31 is shipped on a wood platform attached to two steel bar channels. This in turn is bolted to a wood pallet. I elected to leave the unit on the platform and pallet for now. I’ll have to figure out how to get it down at a later date.
There were bits of disintegrated plastic all over the interior of the box, along with lots of dead bugs and spiders.
The rust damage is fairly extensive on the jointer beds. The far end of the bed is where the person selling the unit tried to sand the rust out with a little WD40 and 600 grit paper.
Here is a closer look at one of the jointer beds.
The planer bed is in good shape, with just a little rust here and there.
The rust damage on the planer bed shaft is unfortunately significant.
I took the cutter-head cover off so I could rotate the cutter-head. It rotated cleanly, with visible no rust. Interestingly, the planer roller had wood shaving embedded on it. I guess this was from a test cut at the factory.
I need to clean off the dirt and grime that accumulated around the unit. A lot of the grease seems to have become tacky and hardened. I’ll remove that with some mineral spirits. After that, i’ll tackle the rust on the jointer beds.
-- David W. Cupertino, CA