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getlostinwood

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05-05-2011 05:03 PM

It has become obvious that a thickness planer is going to have to be purchased. I have a line on an older sears planer from the 40’s for a little less than a new small box store unit. I’m fond of the older unit if for nothing else the cast iron tables keep people from carrying them anywhere but I don’t want to spend more time fixing than working. I’ll add a picture this evening of the considered unit, but any advise is appreciated

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror


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MedicKen

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 05:07 PM

Is the older Sears a Parks? If so, buy it and dont look back.

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 05:43 PM

Those Parks machines have a rep for great quality and parts are
still available.

Still, I wouldn’t recommend you pay much for it if you don’t see
it plane a board. If the machine doesn’t work right, you’ll be
putting yourself in the biz of fixing it, not woodworking.

I’ve seen nice working Parks planers for sale in the $800 range.

I guess I would take a real good look inside the gearbox and pass
on it if you see damaged gears.

They do use a metal feed roller which lasts a long time, but can mark
up your wood.

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#3 posted 05-05-2011 05:54 PM

If the planer doesnt work and needs some work you are still better off than with anything new of the same size. If you think about it it has already been working for the past 60+ years. Do you think any of the new plastic, aluminum tools will be working in 60 years? I think not. if the planer needs some maintenance, such as bearings it will long out last all of us. Now on the other end of the spectrum, if the casting is cracked, depending on where, it may not be worth the effort. Parts are a little hard to come by, they are no longer available from the manufacturer, but there are options. Vintagemachinery.org is a great place to start. You will find a lot of very helpful and knowlegdeable people there and some parts and if you are patient the part(s) you need will show up.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 06:50 PM

I looked at vintage planers but ended up with the Dewalt 735. It works well but it’s got no soul, all yellow and placticky.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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aurora

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 12:18 AM

check with owners for blade life of newer small planers, ... generally owners complain they get really short life, present company included. however, i saw a new small planer with indexable carbide inserts that should solve the problem, ... or get a bigger planer with old school blades.

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getlostinwood

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 01:30 AM

here is the proposed unit


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#7 posted 05-06-2011 02:45 AM

nice heavy duty machine, ... go for it !!!

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#8 posted 05-06-2011 04:23 AM

that is a parks (craftsman planer). my reading suggests that is one of the better vintage planers out there and you can find step by step restoration information and more on the OWWM wiki. Just scroll down to 3.16.

I actually picked one up and I am getting ready to start restoration as soon as I can clear some space and time in the garage. Couple of pictures of mine..

I am almost done restoring that huge motor…

I say grab it while you can, it definitely is a project :)

-- Tampa-FL

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surface_navy

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 04:38 AM

Fired up new G0453PX 15” Planer with Spiral Cutterhead, Polar Bear Series tonight. Worked beautifully! I couldn’t believe how quiet it was. Thanks Howie for the 10% off coupon!

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getlostinwood

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#10 posted 05-06-2011 05:02 AM

Surface_Navy, have you noticed the calander, mothers day is coming up quickly. I’m pretty good but there aint no way Im good enough to convince her that the $1300 I’d spend was really for her. Man I have to say I am jealous though.
You guys are great, I’m working now on the negotiating for the planer. Asking $275. Dont know if it works or not. If it does I probably wont work the guy to hard.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#11 posted 05-06-2011 05:18 AM

wow

thats quite an undertaking

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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surface_navy

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#12 posted 05-06-2011 05:19 AM

Getlost….yes, I noticed the calendar. She got diamonds for our 20th anniversary!

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 07:16 AM

When you see the planer again, open the gear box on the left side of the planer (standing on the in-feed side), and take a look at the gears. The machine looks really good, so I would guess that the gears are as well.

Parks built that planer from the 40’s all the way to the late 80’s, parts are readily available.

You are probably going to need to do bearings for the motor and the cutter head, neither is hard, when you have them out and in front of you with a micrometer, call Lynn at Accurate Bearing.

You will also have to learn to set the knives, the don’t index like a lunch box, but you can get them sharpened, cheaper in the long run. Look for Bob Vaughn’s planer/jointer video (I know there are some links on the OWWM site), but with the heavier blades, you should have to change them less often.

I really prefer all the older machines, I have a Boice Crane 3500 table saw, Delta Scroll saw, short bed jointer, Boice Crane 1000 series planer.

I love to run the old machines, but I do love to fix them up as well.

I don’t think much beats old cast iron.

Have fun,

Alex

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 07:29 AM

I just picked up a used Ridgid on craigslist for half the price of the machine in question. Given the choice between the two, I would’ve taken the Parks. If that thing works, be a good man and take it off of the current owner’s hands!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 12:50 PM

The link I sent you has a detailed discussion on what to look for and what to avoid when buying those planers as well as some suggested pricing. hope this helps.

-- Tampa-FL

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