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Forum topic by Eric Moon posted 01-28-2018 12:56 AM 617 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2018 12:56 AM

Long shot, but I figured I’d ask. I just picked up an old RBI 612 planer (and molder and drum sander) and was doing some research on it.

It appears there was a jointer attachment named the model 532. For the life of me I can’t find anything out about this or if any exist anywhere I could get my hands on one.

Anyone?

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-28-2018 01:15 AM

I’m confused as usual. I though RBI and WoodMaster were two different companies.

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 01:18 AM

Oh, they are, but they both sold the model 612 planer that were virtually identical… At least from what I’ve read on the internet.

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 01:27 AM

You probably already found this but in case you didn’t

http://www.hawkwoodworkingtools.com/files/Planer/model_532_Jointer_Attach__Spec_.pdf

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#4 posted 01-28-2018 01:52 AM

I think that sort of thing didn’t catch on
because those companies used stamped
steel to keep the weight down, and perhaps
the production costs. I think Belsaw made
a jointer attachment too but I couldn’t find
a picture of it.

As I recall Woodmaster and RBI were started
by descendants of whoever started Belsaw.
There’s a lot of shared dna in the planers.

I had a Belsaw 684 jointer/planer for awhile.
I thought it might be useful for hauling to
job sites. It was about as easy to move as
a contractor’s saw, so it wasn’t a 1-man job.
The folded steel jointer tables weren’t very
long and about 8” wide. I ran a few boards
across it to test it. It was ok, but every aspect
of its manufacture spoke of economy.

“Good” J/P combination machines like they
make in Europe never caught on with American
makers. The 684 was derivative of them
though.

I’d say this stuff is interesting as items of
curiosity and to keep an eye peeled if it
interests you. I’ve bought a bunch of oddball
machines over the years and resold most of
them when my curiosity was satisfied.

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#5 posted 01-28-2018 03:14 AM

Yeah this is mostly out of curiosity. The planer works quite well, with as strong 2hp Baldor powering it. It needs a bit of tuning and blades could use a touch up, but not much else is needed.

The guy I got it from had the sanding attachment, the blade seeing tool, and the molding attachment with it, and all are in like-new condition. Not sure how often I’ll use the attachments, but it’s fun to have the option.

I was hoping for the jointer attachment just to have the “complete collection” for the tool and to see how well it worked.

I saw that someone from a 2009 thread here on LJ had the jointer piece and was willing to give it away, but 2009 was a long time ago :-)

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#6 posted 02-19-2018 07:41 PM

I have most of the parts for my 612 Planer, to include the Jointer and Sander. I will post pics of the parts later. Not sure if I will use the jointer right now. It looks iffy.

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#7 posted 02-19-2018 11:14 PM

Thanks, that would be interesting to see. I ended up picking up an old craftsman 6” that I refurbished to work really well, but I’m still very curious.

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#8 posted 02-22-2018 12:35 AM

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#9 posted 02-22-2018 01:22 AM

I can’t imagine why that didn’t catch on.

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#10 posted 02-22-2018 06:57 PM

wow, that does look … um… interesting? :O I do like the planer itself, except for the stamped steel parts.. The infeed and outfeed extensions are stamped steel and warped, so I had to rig up a flat base. I can’t imagine keeping a jointer base flat. It’s a shame they didn’t use cast for most of it…

Thanks for posting the photos.

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