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Forum topic by m88k posted 06-21-2010 07:25 PM 8977 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2010 07:25 PM

Hey guys, just thought I’d point this out, sounds like a pretty good deal if you’re in the East Indiana area. Not sure I’m ready to buy a planer yet, I don’t know what to look for, and I’m quickly ending up with more tools than space anyway.

The posting says Powermatic 12 inch planer, looks like you can make out model 100 in the picture. NW Anderson, IN.

Almost forgot the link:

Update: This thing haunted my dreams last night; how good of a deal is it? There’s an evil voice in my head telling me to see about getting it…

-- ~Mark

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 07:32 PM

good deal for someone

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 05:15 AM

The damn thing is haunting me; if I go look at it, what should I check for?

Am I correct that 230 bones a great deal for the powermatic?

-- ~Mark

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 05:52 PM

Are these things typically 220v only? I’m thinking about the logistics of getting one, and I’m not going anywhere near the rat-nest of jury-rigged wiring that makes our electric system….

-- ~Mark

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 10:45 PM

Mark-sounds like your chomping at the bit for this planer. Its a nice machine, especially with that name. I have a Powermatic table saw and a Ridgid 13inch planer, this style you are looking at. THe best advice is to go see it. Have him demonstrate it. Dont worry about the quality of the blades, those are usually gone anyway and you woudl want to start fresh. DOnt confuse bad blades with a bad machine though. Electrical-usually 120vac on this size. Look for the knife roller to be relatively tight with no bad bearings. Check the condition of the rubber rollers and make sure they arent worn out. Smell the motor-electric motors have a nasty smell if they are burnt. YOu will know this if you smell it. WHen you see it run, check that both sides of the board are even and the head isnt crooked or something. THese things are noisy, wear hearing protection but listen for knocks and banging and smoke. This size machine isnt a powerhouse. DOnt expect to cut more than 1/64th per pass. You can get the Ridgid from the wonderful home depot for about 399 and its an awesome machine. the DEwalt is around 700 i think and its great. Some nice features are a stop that will stop the head for repeat cuts at a certain depth. THe dewalt has a lock the maintains the head position as the vibrations sometimes cause mine to drift up or down because the head doesnt lock in place. As for jury-rigged wiring-look for non-factory stuff like tape. 230 is probably an average price and i would recommen buying if its in good shape. hope this helps. let us know!!

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 10:52 PM

I haven’t seen those yet… it’s reasonably priced, although a bit higher than I would expect it to be. I would also recommend contacting PM and see if they’ll support this product in the form of replacement parts, replacement knives, etc.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 02:04 AM

I think it looks like a good deal if its in the condition they say it is.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 02:28 AM

Go for it after checking it out. The mustard yellow machines are fabulous!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 06:37 AM

Todd, Thanks for all the tips. I’ve only used a planer a couple times, and that was in middle school shop class.

As far as power goes, that’s kinda unknown as of now; my research of the PM 100 has yielded sub-models with everything from 1 to 3 hp.

I’m actually quite comfortable with electricity; what I’m afraid of is my landlord’s nightmare of a house full of wiring. Do these motors actually get a burning smell typically, or is it more the metallic scent of ozone wafting from shorted connections?

-- ~Mark

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 11:55 PM

My core interest stemmed from thinking it was a good deal. This is more what I’m used to finding on craigslist. Or 600 for a 12” DeWalt.

What I’m really eager for is the ability to use rough-cut lumber. I have several sources in the area, but with my craigslist jointer plans dead, the planer doesn’t serve much purpose anyway. I’m considering the utility of one of the Jet mini-combo machines, but that’s really a discussion for another thread.

For those that didn’t see my jointer thread, the guy advertised a full-size, floor standing old 6” delta; when I showed up I found a 4” benchtop Delta-Homecraft bolted to a massive stand.

-- ~Mark

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 05:29 PM

the Powermatic 100 , is one of the best machine ever made . Very quiet , set it and forget it . been using one since 1972, do a lot of laminated curved edge banding . have a jet 15 and a grizzly 20 and the powermatic is always the go to machine.3HP, multi belt,quiet,smooth and the best kick out safety neutral out there ,in the industry.With all due respect , The pre mentioned planers are disposable toys compared to these “old American steel workhorses.


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#11 posted 05-12-2014 06:15 PM

He probably got it figured out nearly 4 years ago.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 06:43 PM

It’s a good deal depending on it;s condition and the number of working hours

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#13 posted 05-12-2014 06:56 PM

I think you should jump on it before it sells.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 07:35 PM

Considering this post is almost 4 years old he either has it or it sold.

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 07:36 PM

So you’re saying he should buy it?

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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