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12-03-2013 11:19 PM

So we won a bid on a new to us planer. The deal I worked out fell in our favor. I knew the planer was for auction, and a very nice unisaw with overarm dust collection and 52” biesemeyer fence that is in very clean condition was also up for auction. It was online and I had to wait for about 2 weeks. So I sort of went out on a limb and sold the unisaw we owned, it also had a 52” Bies fence and was an excellent saw. Without going into detail, I bought the Uni/52” Bies and the Powermatic 20” planer for 150.00 more than what I sold my unisaw for. So we had minimal out of pocket expense.

The risk I had was loosing our Unisaw and not replacing it. But the risk was low because we have a PM65 just being stored that is in fine shape and waiting in the wings of being placed into service. Plus, there were 2 other auctions that had a total of 3 PM66 saws for sale so I might have been able to win one of those PM66 saws, all had 52” T square fences.

So now I am excited about our new planer, and our new table saw. Due to our schedule, I will not be able to pick up the equipment until next week.

I did not need another planer as we have the Woodmaster 25” 7.5 hp and the Woodmaster 12” 5 hp. I just wanted the Powermatic because it interested me some. I researched it some, and this Model 180 comes with an extra motor that is wired 110 and attaches to the planer in order to use some sort of grinding wheel and it sharpens the knives. I found that to be very neat. So needless to say, we are excited. Weighing in at just about 1200 lbs, it will be a beast and we will love the planer as much as our Woodmaster.

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 11:56 PM

Pictures of your new “family” members would be nice : )

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 12:00 AM

I would only have the pics from the auction online. Also, correction is needed as the model 180 is an 18” planer. Still plenty of capacity for us.

Let me see if I can find some pics at the online auction. Thanks for looking.

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 12:04 AM

Here are actual pics of our new family members:

The new planer.

The new Unisaw, it comes with the overarm dust collection blade gaurd.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 12:07 AM

Looks like ya done good : )
Enjoy !!

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 12:07 AM

I am looking at one more planer to win at auction, however I plan on geting this planer for a friend. It is a Rockwell Delta 18” model 22-200 and here is picture. I hope not to pay that much for this planer so we will see where the price ends up. Again it is for a friend so hopefully I can win it and help someone out.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 12:28 AM

Jerry,

I know you said this was online, but where was the actual warehouse the auction was working out of (and I assume where you will go to pick them up)? I’d love to find a decent auctioneer somewhere in Texas. I am in Fort Worth and have looked for some, but it seems like a lot of them are in the northeast and midwest. I’ll drive to Austin or Houston to pick up a tool, but I’d rather not drive to Des Moines or Pittsburgh or something like that. By the way, well done on the new tools!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 01:07 AM

WoodenOyster,

The auction I did is coming out of San Antonio. I can tell you there is plenty of deals in your area. I have even driven there to grab some things from Dallas. A great source for auction machinery deals is found on http://www.lonestarauctioneers.com/ I shop that online site a lot. At this moment there is a good auction on that site in Sweetwater Texas, not far from you. That auction has a nice variety of machines I would love to bid on, but I will not :) Actually that site had a few great School auctions in your areas which featured some really nice 20” Rockwell and Powermatic bandsaws, also had some 14” bandsaws among other goodies. So bookmark that page and grab some good stuff.

For anyone caring to listen. I know having 3 planers sounds overkill, but there is a plan. Our 12” Woodmaster runs all of our molding knives. Currently our 25” woodmaster handles the planing tasks. However I have envisioned converting the woodmaster 25” into a dedicated ripsaw for FF material. The ripsaw feature offers the benefit of extremely accurate rips and no saw teeth marks left to sand off. Not sure why, but unlike a table saw, the woodmaster rips wood without leaving any teeth marks, a huge benefit in that those teeth marks take a fair amount of time to sand off. So with our 25” woodmaster handling all lumber ripping tasks, our 18” Powermatic will assume planer duty. Obviously the Powermatic will basically do rough planing and then we go to our sander for clean up.

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 01:14 AM

The powermatic planer should also have a honing stone attachment that goes along with the grinder. I have an older model in school shop where I teach. It is a great planer once you get it tuned up. Looks like it is missing the handle for the grinding attachment. Well worth what you paid.

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 01:24 AM

Thanks Woodmaster1. It does look like I will have to find a replacement handle for the grinding attachment. I am excited to dig into that planer and get it fine tuned and working good. I have been watching youtube videos folks have posted using their Powermatic 180 planers.

So Woodmaster1, judging by your LJ name, you might own a Woodmaster planer? They are great planers.

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 05:51 AM

Jerry, I just checked out that auctioneer website. Cool stuff. Thanks for the link. Have fun with all those planers!!!

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 06:14 PM

That’s a delux over arm guard on the same….. not a duct collector arm….
I have the same one on my unisaw.

It doesn’t have a hole for a hose or anything in the guard, but the tube is hollow and might could be modified.

They make a relocation bracket to mount your on off switch up top on the arm.

But good score! The 180 looks great!!

-- David Henley

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