Continued working on getting all the pieces apart. Got all the blades out, only had to use the hammer a little bit. I was concerned about having to drill out nibs. Got very lucky on that. Decided to wait until I could get evapo-rust to soak the top end. After quick inspection it looks like I need to replace some brass bearings.
I spun the motor by hand, sounds like the bearings are dry but useable. This motor is a beast, tag claims it is 1.5 hp but this thing is bigger than the 3hp on my TS.
Now on to what I suspect will be a bit controversial. I decide to go bold with the paint. My decision process was based on the idea that at somepoint I’d like to make a dollar or two out of this shop. To that idea, the planer will be the tallest free standing tool in the shop. This planer will be able to catch the eye of everyone, woodworker or not.
I think it will act as a conversation starter, giving me an opprotunity to explain the different processes used to take wood from rough sawn to finished product.
Normally I am a purist when it comes to machine colors but in a sea of Delta grey, and Powermatic green this should be able to make a statement.
-- The basis for optimism is shear terror