Used planer, what to look at before buying?

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 06-09-2011 08:00 PM 2833 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2011 08:00 PM

I’m sure this has come up before but I’m in kind of a rush. I just happened to browse my local craigslist and saw a 15” powermatic planer for $400. I sent the guy an e-mail and asked him to call me. Assuming he still has it, what should I be looking at when I go to see it? I know obvious stuff like checking the knives and cutterhead to make sure nothing is damaged, and taking a straightedge to make sure the table and in/outfeeds are flat, but what else is there? If he doesn’t have 220v available to plug it in, would you buy it without seeing it run? At this price, I would be bummed if I bought it and found out it was all screwed up, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 09:24 PM

Maybe find out how he used it i.e. does he work with wood for a living this my indicate how much he used it and.
Look at it listen to it, operate all the controls see what kind of slack there is in the lift screws if it looks beat and used up you might think a little more.$400 beans will just about get you a new 13”.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 09:44 PM

Well, the guy just called me back and said he already sold it. Oh well. I already have a relatively new Dewalt 735 which is in perfect condition, but figured for this price it would be a good opportunity to add some more big iron to my shop.

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 10:34 PM

Sorry to hear that. It sounded a bit high to me, though. I understand your quest for the heavy stuff, though.

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

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