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Forum topic by getlostinwood posted 11-11-2011 08:35 PM 1203 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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getlostinwood

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11-11-2011 08:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer vintage foster

Just picked up this little gem on CL this morning. It is a Foster 2100 12 3/4” X 4” planer. Im guessing it is from around 1948 or so. As I have startied collecting tools for the shop, I have been convinced that there is a position between the hand tool folks and the power tool folks, and that is the vintage power tool people. Except the dust collector I think this may be my catagory. For those out there that need inspiration on finding good tools cheap I paid $100 and only dove 30 miles to pick it up.

It looks like this weekend will be filled with tearing apart the garage to fit this in and still leave room for the kids bikes. Maybe I can convine them that the bikes were stolen????

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror


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#1 posted 11-11-2011 10:01 PM

Congrats…bikes? What bikes? : )

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 10:06 PM

That thing is a beast! Great find. I got my 1950s powermatic jointer on CL for $100. As they say, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 10:15 PM

Good score. Around here where I leave folks would have been asking $400 for that piece of iron. For some reason, folks in the DFW TX area seem to think used tools are valuable antiques. I’ve seen 30yr old Craftsman 4” jointers that look like they have been left outside for 28yrs being advertised for $100 or more. Same thing for table saws and other equipment.

Bill W

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 10:48 PM

Wildbill this was in Cleburne. I live in Red Oak.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 11:16 PM

“I have been convinced that there is a position between the hand tool folks and the power tool folks” That just makes us “tool” folks. Nice find. Besides, dust collection is for sissies!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 01:11 AM

You’ll like this:

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/995/2900.pdf

“Foster Planers are the best buy in the woodworking industry”

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getlostinwood

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 05:56 PM

Thanks Loren, I was looking for that. If anyone knows where I might find a couple of parts for this unit let me know. This one is missing the power raise and lower mechanism. I emailed with Bob Holcombe who has advised me that I’m going to be looking for a machine shop. Tearing into it this afternoon. Wish me luck…..........

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#8 posted 11-12-2011 06:46 PM

Well, if it turns out you can’t find the parts or machine-shop is too expensive, you might want to consider this:

http://woodgears.ca/jointer/homemade.html

Keep us posted how it goes.

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#9 posted 11-12-2011 07:44 PM

Ask the OWWM guys if anyone has a knackered Foster he wants to
part out. Parts are hard to find for most old machines.

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#10 posted 11-13-2011 05:57 AM

If you do not yet have an owner’s manual, try the vintage machinery and the Old Wood Working Machines
and a few others until you get one, it will help solve a lot of problems. A lot of the old machines came with
a parts manual as part of the owners manual, which really helps.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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