15" Jet Planer on CL

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Forum topic by ichbinpete posted 01-31-2011 06:44 AM 1643 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2011 06:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craigslist planer jet

Hey Guys

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.

Any thoughts?

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:51 PM

Geez, this guy is just 3 1/2 hours north of me… If I weren’t so happy with my 13” Ridgid Lunchbox I would probably jump on this. Having 15” would be cool, but having those extended infeed & outfeed rollers are a BIG plus IMO. I built extended tables for my 13” Ridgid, however, sliding over plywood almost proved too much when planing my 12”x3”x8ft benchtop sections.

I just noticed that you are in DFW… You Dog! Go for it!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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