Old (late 80's) Minimax FS35

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Forum topic by jspencer01 posted 03-19-2009 10:15 PM 5810 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2009 10:15 PM

Greetings to all,

First off, I am new to Lumberjocks and was very impressed with all of the welcome greetings I received from members when I joined. Thank you.

Now for the topic: I recently found a great deal on a Minimax FS35 jointer/planer (with mortiser). I have not picked it up as it is out of state, but I am anticipating that it will need a fairly thorough tuning and cleaning prior to being put to work. I have contacted Minimax and received a very poor owners manual and was told that parts availability would be hit or miss. Does anyone have such a machine or information about this machine.

I am optimistic that it will only need cleaning, rust removal, new belts, and sharpening of the knives, but the practical side of me realizes that it could be much more. It certainly would be nice to have a contact who has refurbed one of these machines.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome and I hope to hear from anyone who can help me out.

Regards, Joel Spencer

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 10:23 PM

Any machine over 20 years old by default needs new bearings unless the previous owner can prove they changed them. The grease in sealed bearings turns to wax in that amount of time.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 04:52 PM

i too found an old FS35 (1987) about 3 weeks ago. i did a quick tune up and pressed it into service on a job that could not wait. i will tell you a few things i’ve observed: 1) this is a true industrial grade tool – very robust castings and simple design which i find appealing. 2) the planer feed drive wheel has a rubber tire which had developed a flat spot from being left engaged when not in use. i will have that re-lined at Western Roller when i get the chance. 3) some factory parts are EXTREMELY expensive, so bear that in mind) 4) the planer feed has only one speed – FAST – which is not good for tricky or figured wood (tear-out) 5) the knife-setting gauge that came with it is said to make knife changes simple, but mine was missing – tough item to find. 6) yes the manual stinks. 7) mine was also missing the planer chip discharge chute so i’m looking for one of those too ...anyhow, i hope it works out for you. please keep us posted -rich

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