|Forum topic by ichbinpete||posted 1055 days ago||1090 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
1055 days ago
Another tool thread…a buddy and I have been considering “sharing” a planer and came across this one on CL and was wondering if it was worth the $425:
“Jet 15 Planer
The gentleman selling the planer has done some work on it and sent me the following msg:
Mechanically it’s in very good condition: the feed rollers are rubber, or some sort of plastic and they are in very good condition (usually a concern for this age). The gears in the gear box had dried grease on them, but the teeth are in excellent condition. I cleaned and re greased everything.
I sharpened the knives myself. They cut nicely, but it was my first time sharpening knives, so the worst thing that can happen is that they don’t stay sharp as long as if a professional did them?
It has a universal motor, which is rated electrically at 2HP. When I got it, one of the brush caps was missing and the previous owner screwed in a small piece of wood to hold the brush. I bought some new brushes and caps, but the caps were too big. So I put new brushes in and reused the piece of wood. You wouldn’t know it’s there unless you went looking for it. If I can find the right size caps, I’ll replace that one. They’re only about a dollar, but finding one is more work.
The table rollers have been cleaned and oiled, along with the extension rollers and return rollers on top. The table is discolored, but smooth and waxed. The columns are also discolored , but they too are smooth and waxed.
I put heavy pressure on the feed rollers, and may back that off, but the pressure depends on the stock being fed, so that may end up being a personal setting.
The biggest drawback to the planer is the way she looks. Rough. If a guy was adventurous, it could be dismantled and cleaned, but mechanically she’s a 9.5.
-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.