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Forum topic by FrankThomas posted 12-04-2010 04:42 AM 3621 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2010 04:42 AM


I broke one of the drive chains on my Omega 15” planer. I inherited this planer from my grandpa. I have no idea how long he had or where he got it. It is a very heavy, mostly cast planer. It does beautiful work.

My first challenge is that I cannot find any reference to this brand of tools on line. It has a silver placard on the light green body that say Omega Chicago Ill 15” Planer. The sticker with serial number and model number is so faded that you cannot see any numbers at all.

So if anyone knows anything about this brand please let me know so I can track down replacement parts.

My other option is to hope that this chain is a standard machine item that I could find from some kind of machine tool company.

Any ideas anyone??

Thanks for any suggestions!!

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 04:57 AM

I would take it to the local tractor supply store or an industrial supply store that sells chains they may have somethong that will work.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 05:00 AM

It probably uses a standard size roller chain which is readily available at many places, including Grainger. Roller chain can also be repaired.

Before just replacing the chain, you should spend some time to determine why it broke. Excessive load, lack of lubrication, worn sprockets, etc.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 06:22 PM

Thanks for the responses. Looks like it is standard roller chain and I have a few industrial supply companies near me that carry the chain.

Thanks again!

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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