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05-21-2014 12:50 AM

Having just decided to purchase the Dewalt 735 I had the crazy luck of someone offering me a Sun Hill 20” planer for the surprising price of free. I can’t seem to find much information about Sun Hill other than they went out of business or this planer in particular. The owner said he was “tired of it”... not sure what that means either or what kind of condition its in. Does anyone know anything about Sun Hill planers? I wouldn’t be surprised if its 220v but I’m hoping it’s not 3 phase, if i understand correctly that would be difficult to do in my garage. Any suggestions on if this is worth my trouble?

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"


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#1 posted 05-21-2014 12:59 AM

http://www.johngweber.com/jgw/NW/nw2014.htm

You should jump on it. Ship your Dewalt to me. :-)

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 01:22 AM

Luckily I haven’t bought the dewalt yet…

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 02:47 AM

Three phase is not difficult. My 20” is 3phz. I got a 10HP RPC (rotary phase converter). I have less than $300 in the RPC, if i rember right.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 02:49 AM

If that link shows the proper model, the motor is single phase.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 10:03 AM

Only problem could be finding replacement blades. I’d look for the to see if available but even if not, the old ones can be sharpened. Jump on this deal if it runs or not, too good to pass up.

How come this kind of thing never happens to me. My best deals have been when a neighbor borrows a tool and I eventually get it back.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 10:58 AM

Man, a free 20” planer! I’m with oldwrangler. How do I get in on these deals!

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 02:37 PM

Not a clue how i got so lucky, my biggest issue now is getting a 800 lb planer out of my truck and in my garage. The alley behind my house is paved but my carport between the alley and my garage is dirt, which is probably not the best for a rented forklift.

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"

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#8 posted 05-21-2014 04:34 PM

If you were closer I’d be there in a heartbeat to help. I’d love to know a guy with a 20” planer that owed me a favor.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 05-21-2014 05:05 PM

Free… you have nothing to lose.
Go for it.

I think Sunhill was a made in China brand… They were selling Oliver and Sunhill…
They looked ok..

At 20” I would love to have it.

-- Jeff NJ

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giser3546

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#10 posted 05-21-2014 05:24 PM

Would that mean Oliver and Sunhill may at least be similar?

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"

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#11 posted 05-21-2014 08:14 PM

Sunhill was a Taiwan badge like Star, JET. I think they were
known to be decent quality and I think they were doing
a pretty good job with wide belt sanders. The owner
passed away a few years back and the family decided
to close the business.

Planer knives are pretty standard for most stationary light
industrial planers with gibbed cutterheads. They come in
a few thicknesses but gig screws adjust for thickness
variations anyway.

The owner may be irritated by a creeping depth setting.
Somebody local to me was selling a 20” Grizzly
with this issue pretty cheap recently. Totally a solvable
problem, imo.

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#12 posted 05-21-2014 08:21 PM

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#13 posted 05-21-2014 08:24 PM

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#14 posted 05-21-2014 08:27 PM

Today oliver is mostly medium sized industrial-class machinery
made in Asia. It’s an old American industrial brand.

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#15 posted 05-21-2014 08:35 PM

I have an old sun hill bandsaw. Basically, the sun hill machinery was just like Grizzly back in the day, they both imported machines from taiwan using the same castings. According to the info plate on my bandsaw, they were also located in the Seattle area.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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