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Dullchisel

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05-15-2016 02:22 AM

I am curious as to what a good price on a powermatic 100 planer would be? The machine appears to be in excellent shape and is gold in color. It does have a 3 phase motor on it which I would have to either change or get a phase converter. The guy is wanting around $800.


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#1 posted 05-16-2016 11:42 AM

I bid on one of these on ebay several years ago. It was single phase. I didn’t win the auction and I believe it sold for $650.

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 12:05 PM

If it is actually in great shape, $800 is about normal for what people ask (in the midwest, at least). It’s more than I would want to pay, but I’m a hopeless cheapskate. If a 12” planer will cover your needs, and you can stand to part with $800, I would do it. They are fantastic planers, and it will pay for itself in lumber costs by the time you put several hundred board feet through it.

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 12:21 PM

A quick look at one or two of those sites that gather listings from CL and other places show that this unit seems to hover right around the $800 mark, so that makes it full retail for a used one.
There are a couple of nuts that think theirs is worth $1400, or one guy who was at $2699, but most are around $800.

I’d be hard pressed to spend that much on a planer from the 70’s, but it does seem to play to outstanding reviews.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 07:52 PM



this unit seems to hover right around the $800 mark, so that makes it full retail for a used one.

- Tennessee

I agree that I’m reluctant to spend that much on a 12” planer, but that’s because I have an 18” and I like using the full width of it (and I’m a bottom-feeding, incurable, cheapskate). I don’t agree that $800 is anywhere near retail price for that machine. According to a 1965 brochure these were sold with various extras but the basic machine, without a motor, cost $350. Adjusted for inflation that is $2,600 in today’s money. Without a motor. When you consider that a new 15” powermatic planer is $3000, that sounds about right.

There is no comparable machine made today. All the new 12” planers that I know of are plastic benchtop screamers, though someone might still be making the 4 post version in a 12” size (still not apples to apples). The PM 100 is solid cast iron and is built to industrial standards, just smaller. They never die. New bearings and new paint… you’d never know it didn’t just come out of the factory. So, again, $800 is not a bad price.

I’d still try to talk him down to $500-600. Unless he has pulled the machine apart and completely restored it with new bearings and stuff. Then you don’t have really any negotiation space and you should grab it before someone else does.

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-18-2016 12:09 PM

If you can’t talk him down, (and you might have by now), I’d still be looking at the cost of changing over the 3 phase to single, and as you say, going through the machine. And it is still a HSS three blade head, when all said and done. If I reached as far as $800, I’d go the extra mile and get a Grizz with a spiralhead.

I meant that $800 seemed to be about full retail for the used machine in 2016, when it is over 40 years old with hundreds if not thousands of hours on it, not a new one adjusted for inflation.
In any case, good luck!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 05-18-2016 05:33 PM

Not long ago when I was looking at small but heavy planers, used machinery dealers would want somewhere around $2000 for one in reasonable condition and working. Local CL ones go from $600 needs work, to around $1250 nice shape, and they sell quick.
Do not confuse a PM 100 with anything imported, The basic design of the machine is much like really big planers that weigh tons , with all the adjustments to keep it square and feeding properly. If made today the cost would be over $6000. The Shelix heads are not too expensive for this model. A friend has one, it is nice and does a great job with the old steel knives. I looked and looked, missing out on these PM 100s. Then a PM 160 popped up near Butte Montana, I drove 12hrs to get it, but, a PM 100 would have served my needs.

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