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Forum topic by Dwain posted 04-26-2017 08:47 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dwain

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04-26-2017 08:47 PM

I just got my hands on a 1940’s era Craftsman (Parks) planer. I am excited to use it but I wanted to find out how to lubricate the gears? Should there be some type of grease or oil permanently in the gear case? If so, what type? What other else needs to be lubricated on this gem?

Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 09:08 PM

Got a model number? Here are two manuals for the c-man/parks planers over at the VM site.

112.23490 Craftsman/Parks 12 inch Thickness Planer

112.23491 Craftsman 12in X 4in Thickness Planer

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 11:22 PM

I dunno about that planer but in general the
type of gear oil sold for outboard boat motors
has good viscosity for gear-and-chain feedworks.

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Dwain

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 03:37 PM

Thanks MrUnix.

My model number is 112-1901. Am I off on the age?

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#4 posted 04-27-2017 05:03 PM

They’re all basically the same.

I had one years ago. It had about 3” of 90W gear oil in the bottom but when I had to have new bushings put in the machinist said use axle grease (which I did). Quick look at the manual Brad referenced = GREASE.

I remember having a belt guard fabricated (that got a little scary!). Hope yours has one.

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#5 posted 04-27-2017 06:05 PM

RWE2156. I’m planning on building one as well. What does GREASE mean? I guess I can go to the local auto shop and buy axle grease, right? Thnaks!

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 08:09 PM

You might want to check out this wiki article about those planers history and changes over at the VM site:

The Ubiquitous Parks 12 inch Planer

At least that should give you an indication of the machines age. And based on a quick read of the above, it appears that the 1901 is essentially the same as the 23490, so the manual I linked to above should get you going. From that manual, it says:

The gear box should be lubricated with 1/2 to 1 pound of soft pressure-gun grease obtainable at automotive service stations

Now… what ‘soft pressure-gun grease’ actually means is left up to you to decide :)

You might want to post your question over at the OWWM site, as there are a few members there that have those machines and could probably let you know what they wound up using or what other info they may have.

Cheers,
Brad

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