Rigid TP1300 planer (cleaning/tune-up) questions?

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Forum topic by ajthomas5009 posted 06-03-2014 01:38 PM 1349 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2014 01:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer question refurbishing

I got lucky with an ad on CL recently picking up home improvement jobs recently and it put me in a position to spring for a piece of used equiptment. I picked up a used Rigid TP 1300 the seller wanted 200$ and after a week of doing the dickering I was able to grab it up for 100$.

The planer has had minimal hobby use. Owners health went bad 5 years ago and finally decided to sell off his equiptment. It runs great as is and with originally sets of blades still sharp 2nd set unused. As far as appearance I’d say fair condition. No damage what so ever and works as should but it’s collected dust for 5 plus years plus if I had to guess the previous owner wasn’t a polished tool guy like me. Either way after having some fun with it I decided it was time to disassemble clean and regrease everything. This way I’m happy with the appearance, get familiar with machine and get a gauge for future maintanence.

I was hoping it would only be a 1-2 hour job but can already tell it’s going to be a 2-3 day spare time type of job. Lots of pitch, dust possible some light surface rust mixed in and what appears to be leftover packing grease which probably made the dust worse. Since searching the web yealded very few guides especially for lunchbox planers on top of all being different I was looking for some advice and to get some questions answered. My plan is to disassembly the planer into as many large components as possible, go over everything with a shopvac, clean with mineral spirits and rags a fine 3m pad where necessary. Regrease everything possible with silicone free PTFE dry lube to avoid future dust problems. Reassemble the give it a test run and make any necessary calibration adjustments.

I started last night no problems yet, just more work than anticipated and questions.

Can I use the dry lube stated for the height adjustment screws-gears and head gears-chains? Fine woodworking article suggested but every other source says grease.

About half the bolts were used locktite as well, I don’t mind doing so aswell just unsure. Also about half the bolts have washers and half don’t. I figure to just reassemble with a washer and all of them to make things less confusing and insure that all the ones the manufacturer put washers on have them. Good / bad idea or doesn’t matter much?

After doing this work how clean can I expect to keep this planer with just proper DC and wiping and waxing visible areas. I like tools clean and shiney but will not make a second job of it. Just want reasonable expectations. After this I would hope to only have to do it again every 2+ yrs.

Lastly the machine performed very well the way it was. Should I plan to spend hrs recalibrating or just reassembly test and make light adjustments?

Thanks in advance and sorry for the length. Just figured the more thorough I was the better the responses.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 02:29 PM

You got a good deal. I paid $200 for mine on CL. Sorry I can’t offer advice but I’ll be sure to follow along for any info you might get.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 04:28 AM

I posted a similar post on SEMWW and got a response. The poster said they have been using silicone free dry lube on the whole planer for some time now without any problems. He just suggested to put on 2-3 coats on the four height posts and 3-4 for any parts of the drive train. Looks like I’m going to give it a try unless I hear conflicting information in the meantime.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#3 posted 06-04-2014 06:17 AM

I use Empire dry lube on my planer height adjustment mechanism and it works great. Grease will only attract dust chips.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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