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1958 Powermatic Model 100 Planer #1: I built a dust chute

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Blog entry by jbswearingen posted 10-11-2018 01:36 PM 761 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this planer about four years ago. In that time I’ve replaced the 3-blade cutter head with a Shelix head, replaced the motor after it died with a 3ph, 3hp Leeson with a VFD, and just added a dust chute to it last night. I’ll cover the other changes in other entries.

I got the inspiration for this chute from a member at the OWWM forum. His is beautifully done, and painted to match his 100. Now that I know this one works, in the coming weeks I’ll fill in the uneven seams (I tossed this together with scrap 1/2” and 3/4” ply), round over the edges, and when I get around to repainting the planer, will paint the chute to match.

It works GREAT! A pile of chips gathers on the bottom of the chute directly under the port, but they form a ramp up to the port. In time, I’ll watch where that ramp forms for good and insert a piece of 1/4” ply inside to match it to make the chute more efficient.

If you have a 100 and no dust chute; build one of these. I’ll send you detailed pics if you need.

Port and hose are Rockler’s Dust Right system. No hardware is needed to secure the chute to the planer; the clearance holes on top and the tight fit of the chute; along with the weight of the hose press it tightly against the body.

Here’s my first test of it, ugly shorts and all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFRCx8Rjt-Q

-- Semper fi, Brad



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