Powermatic 15" Planer Overhaul

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Forum topic by Stargazer posted 12-20-2011 07:10 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2011 07:10 PM

Had the chip breaker come loose and jam in the planer and there was no way to get to it without removing the head. So I took the head off and took it mostly apart to clean and lube everything. I cleaned off all the rust, dust and gunk from the entire planer and most importantly I made all the adjustments it needed really bad. It was so far out it’s a wonder it ran wood at all. The cutter and table were still perfect but all the rollers were out.

Once I had the machine apart I got a complete understanding of all the adjustments and how to do them than the manual would show. That just shows that there’s no better teacher than actually doing it.

I never used it much because it was a hassle with the rollers out but now it planes like a dream. I knew for years this needed to be done and kept putting it off but I didn’t plan on having to do it in the middle of a job, took 3 days.


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#1 posted 12-22-2011 08:01 PM

A 15”? Odd size for a powermatic, most I’ve used are 16s. But anyways, their old planers are extremely tough, they take a beating and keep on going.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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