Our New to us PM 180 planer and Unisaw arrived today

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12-12-2013 01:29 AM

So we picked up our new / used planer and unisaw and unloaded them today. I was sort of concerned about unloading the 1200 lb planer but the harbor freight engine lift did just fine. I have included a few pics. Keep in mind these machines are pictured after just being brought into the shop so the pics may not be the best.

So far I am very happy with the machines. The planer checks out fine as far as the gears and hand wheel crank adjusments, etc… It all appears to work. I have not yet plugged it in yet but will do that soon enough. I bought a heavy duty flat bed cart off of CL today for a good deal in order to store the 1200 lb planer on until we move into our new shop.

The unisaw has a Biesemeyer fence which is cool, but what is really cool is how new the fence appears. We have had this fence on past saw purchases but usually the fence is more worn or used. So it will be fun getting this saw set up in our shop. Since we have a couple jobs coming due, getting the unisaw in service will be a higher priority.

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 02:13 AM

Jerry, you have been hitting some home runs on equip. lately! enjoy it and go make some money for those kids!

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 02:17 AM

Jerry, I am really glad that this purchase is looking good for you so far. It is nice for a woodworker to get a break once in a while. Between the new shop and “new” tools, life must be good in San Antonio. Enjoy!!!

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 12:30 AM

Thanks for the comments JB and Art. I was able run run the planer and it ran well, no motor or bearing issues so should make for a great planer after cleaning it up and fine tuning. It is even quieter than our Wood master 725.

I have found buying machines to be a fun side hobby. But the hobby has to be self supporting. It is fun, the risk is low and the return is decent. Some auction machines we keep, others we sell especially since we just do not have the floor space. Most machines sell quick when we are selling a machine. I enjoy it and have fun with the machines. For one reason or other, I really enjoyed listening to that PM180 just hum when we turned it on for the first time.

No other investment I know of can give strong returns inside of 30 days and I get to play with the equipment also. It is rare we run into issues but whenever we have the repairs have been simple. Like one time we changed out bearings that were pressed on.

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 04:31 AM

Bumping this thread to ask if that’s the best way to lift one of these?

Place the one I bought has a forklift. Dad and I are gonna make a metal frame with casters and need to lift it off the casters on onto the angle iron frame we’re gonna make.

Is there wood underneath the top for the chain to contact?

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