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Forum topic by Chris208 posted 03-29-2014 09:24 PM 1987 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2014 09:24 PM

I have once again scored a great tool at a great price thanks to Craigslist, and a job that allows me the flexibility to leave in the middle of the day to go look at tools.

3 Fridays ago, I was looking at my local Craigslist and saw a 4 post planer listed for $50. I immediately called the seller and asked if I could come look at it. He agreed. I asked my boss if it was ok if I take off for a little bit to go check it out, and she was cool with it, so off I went.

What I found when I arrived was a 1982 rockwell 13 inch planer. It was not in great condition, and had no plug so I couldn’t test it before buying. Still, I thought for $50, I could sell the motor and sell the planer for parts or scrap for way more than I was giving, so I bought it. I had to borrow a truck to get it home, so I didn’t pick it until the following day. This thing weighs about 400 lbs, so I knew I needed to come up with a plan for moving it, or the guys helping me might never help me again.

I built the equivalent is a medical backboard, with hand holds and slots cut for ratcheting tie downs. We simply walked it over to the bed of the truck, and tipped it in. We repeated this in reverse when we got it to my house. It was the easiest tool move I’ve ever done, despite being the heaviest. I love it when a plan comes together!

With it in my garage, I stated disassembling and cleaning the machine, so I could figure out how much it was going to take to get this thing running. The table and posts were rusted, but not too badly, and there was a lot of old grease to deal with. It took a few hours to get it cleaned up.

I spun everything by hand and listened to the bearings. The were quiet, which was a positive sign. I replaced the gearbox oil, and greased the chains.

Next I built a 25’ 10 gauge cord for it, so I could run it to my dryer outlet. This was my first 220v tool, and I don’t have 220 in my garage.

I put it back together, plugged in, and flipped the switch.


No popped circuit breaker, no smoke, no nothing.


I pulled the cover off the switch box and immediately saw the problem, my connections between the cord and the switch had come loose. Phew! I reconnected everything, and hit the switch, this time the machine roared to life.

As it ran, I noticed that the chain that drives the feed rollers was climbing one of the sprockets. The feed roller sprockets were no co planer. After looking at the pics I took during disassembly, I noticed that I had put the infeed roller sprocket on backwards. The chain had caused some damage to the teeth of the sprocket, too.

I took it apart and flipped the sprocket over. I put it back together, and this time all is well.

Runs like a top. This thing is all cast iron, and steel, with very few things that could break with my hobby useage. It should be a good worker for years to come.

All told I spent about $140 on the planer with over half of that ($77) going towards the new cord and plug. The rest was for lubricants and a couple pieces of hardware. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.

No I can sell my little Delta Lunchbox planer. I bet I can get $150 for it.

Now I know you all don’t believe anything without pictures, so here she is:

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 09:29 PM

I have that planer, but it is the Delta version. Got mine for $200 and with about an hour of cleaning it was running great. I love mine and I think you got a good deal on yours.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 09:43 PM

Well, you deserve the obligatory…. YOU SUCK!!!

Congrats on the score and the beastly addition to your arsenal!!!

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 10:01 PM

That is a nice machine, and a great price on it. Congrats on the find. I bet you feel good knowing you saved a wonderful old machine from the scrap pile…

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 10:07 PM

Great deal and a nice job of clean up and servicing.

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 10:13 PM

Great find! I have the Delta version and it works well. Especially after downloading the manual and setting it up properly. The previous owner had it all out of adjustment.

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 10:37 PM

Great buy!! Just a note, I always take pictures as I tear something down. I never get back to it in time to remember how things go together most of the time and that has been a real life saver. Especially when I tore my tractors pto pump apart the first time ever doing that. larry

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 10:44 PM

Good job on the re-hab and yeah, you deserve a big ‘ol YOU SUCK from me too.

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 11:30 PM

Great find and great refurb job

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 12:22 AM

Great job and machine. That will out perform any new planer in it’s class.

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 12:28 AM


Looks good… I’ll bet it is much nicer than listening to the lunch box whine… The induction motors are nicer.

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 01:28 AM

I envy your ability to rehab this “diamond in the rough” into what looks like a great planer.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 09:46 PM


Great deal and a nice job of clean up and servicing.

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#13 posted 03-31-2014 07:13 AM

I had the Rockwell-Invicta version of that planer (made in Brazil around 1982). It was an excellent machine. I looked into Byrd’s Shellix helical head for it, and actually took it apart enough to get the necessary specs for Byrd to make me one. But then things went in a different direction, so I no longer have that planer.

The Invicta had metric dimensions rather than inch, and it had broken a drive chain before I bought it, which in turn broke up the cast iron gear & chain cover. Ordinary inch dimensioned chains wouldn’t work, but I found that Grizzly used the exact same chains on their planers, so all was good. I fabricated a steel replacement cover for the gear box and chain assembly.

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#14 posted 03-31-2014 05:16 PM

I am envious, there is never anything tht I would consider a deal around here on CL list….in fact all is mostly see is stuff that is highly overpriced. There is constantly homemade workbenchs made of plywood and 2×4s for 150.00, or HF stuff at a higher price than in the store….but I still look everyday!!! Sooner or later, right?

Great score, good restoration….

-- Mike

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#15 posted 03-31-2014 07:57 PM

Don’t worry mook, you’ll get one sooner or later.

So all you had to do was put a plug on it and clean it up?? Someone call the police, you stole that, and you suck.

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