|Forum topic by Buckethead||posted 253 days ago||942 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
253 days ago
Some might have seen a small gloat about a thickness planer I picked up for fiddy bucks. (Fiddy bucks = $50)
So let’s be honest. I probably wasted fiddy federal reserve notes. Sure… Their value is debatable, but they aren’t getting easier to come by despite their perpetually diminishing value.
Anyhoo… It sounded good enough when I bought it, even after I repaired a gear with sheer ingenuity. Even when I planed some stock which was about two inches wide.
Forward to today, as I began planing a piece of walnut about 6” in width. Starts off well. Gradually a sort of chattering sound, perhaps a bearing, begins to become more present. By the time I had nearly surfaced one side of this piece, the noise was nearly constant.
I disconnected the drive belt, and the motor sounds smooth, albeit loud. These things aren’t noted for quiet operation, but the chatter was not seemingly in the motor.
I looked at the schematic online, which was not particularly legible, and it doesn’t seem to list bearings for the cutter head. Perhaps they are integral? Included with the cutter head?
Fwiw, the cutter head is discontinued.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Reprimands? Insults? (I can take it.)
(I know… Go buy a new planer, or a more quality machine from CL)
-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.