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Shawn Masterson

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 01:26 AM

all machine are going to have their quirks. That is why I like to stick with older used machines I just got an older(80’s I think) 20” planer made by Chang Iron Works (CIW). when the guy gave me the manual he got from CIW the pix in it had jet emblems on it. I gave $675 for it with a static phase converter (yes it’s 3pz). I had to put bearings in the motor ($45), and clean-grease it up and it was good to go. maybe 3 hours of labor.
the way I see it with a used machine most of the bugs are usually worked out and any repairs needed are minimal, and the right price allows for repairs/upgrades. this purchase lead me to building a rotary 3pz converter, because the static just wasn’t enough, even with the added cost of the converter(about 250 for a 10HP model) I am still less then the cost of a new a new 15” planer and have more machine. this also opens the Pandora’s box to heavier/cheaper 3phz machine since I now have the ability to run up a 7.5HP 3pz motor.

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