LumberJocks

Powermatic Model 100 planer

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Todd1911 posted 11-09-2015 01:27 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Todd1911's profile

Todd1911

5 posts in 398 days


11-09-2015 01:27 PM

I am considering a Powermatic model 100 planer off of craigslist. My question to anyone who is familiar with these machines is, how hard is it to change the cutter head out for a byrd? Also is there anything I should look out for on this model. I don’t have the space for the planer that I would love to have (powermatic 221 or 225) so I am considering this one because I need a solid planer. Thanks in advance.

Todd


5 replies so far

View MisterBill's profile

MisterBill

411 posts in 1719 days


#1 posted 11-10-2015 01:25 PM

I had one and it was difficult to adjust the the table so that it would take uniform cuts. It was equally as difficult to keep it adjusted. Needless to say I sold it and never looked back.

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

4244 posts in 1666 days


#2 posted 11-10-2015 01:41 PM

I had one and it was difficult to adjust the the table so that it would take uniform cuts. It was equally as difficult to keep it adjusted. Needless to say I sold it and never looked back.

Strange… I’ve never heard any real negative comments about the PM100. In fact, it’s highly regarded as one of the best small planers out there, with a very simple belt drive arrangement that is more robust than those with the oil bath gear cases. No comparison to the lunchbox things available today, and weighs in at over 400 pounds.

Here is a good thread about planers over at owwm that has some good info:
http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164114

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

View SirIrb's profile

SirIrb

1239 posts in 698 days


#3 posted 11-10-2015 01:49 PM

What Brad said.
I would take a PM 100 any day or the Delta 13”...ok, you twisted my arm, I ll take both.

I have never heard any bad stuff about the 100. I never ran one but I ran the dog crap out of the 16 or 18” model. Cant remember. Its been about 20 years.


I had one and it was difficult to adjust the the table so that it would take uniform cuts. It was equally as difficult to keep it adjusted. Needless to say I sold it and never looked back.

Strange… I ve never heard any real negative comments about the PM100. In fact, it s highly regarded as one of the best small planers out there, with a very simple belt drive arrangement that is more robust than those with the oil bath gear cases. No comparison to the lunchbox things available today, and weighs in at over 400 pounds.

Here is a good thread about planers over at owwm that has some good info:
http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164114

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

View MisterBill's profile

MisterBill

411 posts in 1719 days


#4 posted 11-10-2015 10:44 PM

Brad and SirI: so you have never owned or ran a Powermatic 100 (do disrespect meant!).

I own four other Powermatic tools and they are all top notch. I just had a difficult time getting the Powermatic 100 planner to where I could use it, let alone depend on it.

You are correct when you say that there is no comparison to a lunchbox planner. The PM100 is a beast!!

View Todd1911's profile

Todd1911

5 posts in 398 days


#5 posted 11-10-2015 11:56 PM

Thank you all for your input. I picked the planer up off of CL for 600.00 in good condition. I am very impressed with this planer. I now plan for a Byrd helical cutterhead and powertiwst v belts for the machine. I see what everyone means by this machine is a beast! I will be selling my lunchbox planer!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com