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Forum topic by Somedude posted 05-09-2017 03:39 PM 1202 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Somedude

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05-09-2017 03:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer woodtek restore question rust surface

Hi all,
I found a Woodtek 15 Planer model 124070.

Owner is asking for $300 but it has a lot of visible rust.
Shop is not climate-controlled (in SC) and item has not been used in at least 3 years.

How hard is it to “restore” these?

Am I running into the risk of having to take it all completely apart and rebuilding it? Or from the looks of it is in only surface rust that just needs to be scrubbed off?

I will update with some pics as soon as I can get photobucket to work.

Here is what is looks like new:

Here is what it looks like today:

A close up of the post…

Close up of the bed…

Thanks,


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#1 posted 05-09-2017 03:45 PM

I would think the things that you would have to look at and/or clean up besides the bed are: If it has (not sure what it looks like) the four posts that support the planer, they would need cleaned so it raises and lowers easily. also the drive mechanism, be it belt or chain. also the feed rollers. the feed rollers on some planers can turn gummy over time. Not sure what that model has for rollers though, so consider that a generalized suggestion.

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Somedude

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#2 posted 05-09-2017 04:05 PM



I would think the things that you would have to look at and/or clean up besides the bed are: If it has (not sure what it looks like) the four posts that support the planer, they would need cleaned so it raises and lowers easily. also the drive mechanism, be it belt or chain. also the feed rollers. the feed rollers on some planers can turn gummy over time. Not sure what that model has for rollers though, so consider that a generalized suggestion.

- BlasterStumps

Hi BlasterStumps, I was able to upload some pics. What do you think?

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 04:33 PM

if it starts up, probably just need some cleaning and oil change. check for cracks along the bed. $300 seems to be a fair price

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#4 posted 05-10-2017 04:55 AM

The feed rollers on most planers of that type are usually serrated metal, not rubber. Making the posts smooth and slick enough to allow table adjustments looks like the most challenging part of that. I remember the Woodcock brand, but not who the vendor was.

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#5 posted 05-10-2017 05:23 AM

Woodtec is the house brand of Woodworker’s Supply.

https://woodworker.com/15-planer-open-stand-3hp-1ph-230v-mssu-124-070.asp

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#6 posted 05-10-2017 10:38 AM

I wouldn’t pay more than $300 for it, but if it runs, it should clean up ok. That planer was made under several different brand names, so parts shouldn’t be too hard to come by if you need any.




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#7 posted 05-10-2017 10:43 AM

It is just another of the Chiwanese planers, and should serve you fine. A lot of folks don’t like the top mounted motor, but it’s really a personal thing. I’ve had a Delta which is much the same design for 17 years and it’s done very well. As Alaska Guy said, it’s the house brand for Woodtek so getting help shouldn’t be too hard. If it runs, and everything still moves it’s worth $300.

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#8 posted 05-10-2017 11:53 AM

How hard is it to change out the posts and how expensive are they?
Thanks,

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JRsgarage

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#9 posted 05-10-2017 02:02 PM

it’s hard to say without a closer look, but if i felt i had to replace the posts, i’d probably move on to another. i recently replaced a benchtop with a similar unit and so far, i am glad i went with this rather than another screamer…

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#10 posted 05-10-2017 08:02 PM

Same here, if you need to replace the posts, pass. Not only is that a fair amount of work, you need to get them timed correctly so the thing raises/lowers correctly (remains in plane).

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#11 posted 05-10-2017 08:22 PM

It’s just surface rust. Not an issue.

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#12 posted 05-10-2017 08:44 PM

The posts are a non-issue IMO, as is the table… they don’t need to be perfect. A good de-rusting followed with a bit of polishing and then wax should be all that is needed. And to add to Scotts parade of Asian clones, here is the original Delta:

Cheers,
Brad

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Somedude

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#13 posted 05-10-2017 08:55 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. One issue I have is that this thing is a 2 hours drive from my location. I’d hate to drive all the way there to find that the posts need replacement etc. The timing of the posts is something I am concerned with as I’ve never done such a thing.
I will have to determine if a 4hour ride (both ways) is worth it for me.
I’m not afraid of surface rust but the pic of the post concerns me as the rust seems to have corroded and pitted the post already.

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#14 posted 05-10-2017 09:12 PM

I’m not afraid of surface rust but the pic of the post concerns me as the rust seems to have corroded and pitted the post already.
- Somedude

I wouldn’t worry too much about it… Here is a shot of the posts on my Makita, which was really bad off. After cleaning, you can see the amount of pitting clearly in this picture:

It makes absolutely no difference in operation, and the table rides as smooth as butter on them without any effect.

Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 05-10-2017 10:58 PM

It’s just surface rust on the posts. I’ve fixed-up
a rusty planer like that before.

You snooze on this, you’ll lose it. $300 is a very
good price. Those are excellent planers.

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