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Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-22-2015 09:46 PM 2235 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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02-22-2015 09:46 PM

I have a chance to buy this 3HP planer for $200. It is actually sitting outside in the elements and the pictures show brown/red rust everywhere 2 hours driving distance. I already have a Rigid 13” 4661 lunchbox planer. Just wondering if the rust / restoration is worth this planer.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 10:01 PM

This is definitely a “maybe”. If it runs, and that’s only surface rust it would be worth a gamble…the price is certainly attractive. But depending on how long it’s been out (who in the hell does that?) it may be beyond hope (not likely). If it can be made serviceable it would be a nice upgrade from a lunchbox. I don’t consider a 2 hour trip too much to at least look at it.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 10:26 PM

I concur. IF that thing wasn’t out outside because of some major failure, it could be the big deal of the day. Does he say WHY it’s sitting outside?

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 11:34 PM

it is from a friend of a friend of a friend :) so emailing is the way to interact for this sunday afternoon.
i did toss an email asking why it is sitting out in the elements, does it even run.

the rust issue… i bought a 6” rockwell jointer that has surface rust that cleaned up nicely. i have never owned a “true” planer such as this before so am unsure IF rust is prevalent, what to look for. I assume, the 4 posts and bed itself… motor as well.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 01:34 AM

If the motor runs, the drum spins, and the feed rollers operate; I would sure give $200 for it. And drive 2 hours to pick it up! (and I already have 13 and 18” planers!)

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 12:21 PM

The rust will be on the cast iron and polished steel (table, columns, maybe the cutter head itself, check the serrated infeed roller). If things move semi-smoothly (the table adjustment up/down), it runs, and the 2 speeds are intact (you have to shift gears while it’s running) grab it!

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 12:58 PM

Boy, that looks like a LOT of work. My biggest concern would be parts frozen to other parts by rust. Just looking, I can see hours of work alone just getting the table off the columns, so it will go up and down again. From there, think of all the bearings, if water has invaded the end caps where the chain drive and sprockets live, all the rust.

That planer new is well over what, $1300?
But if you have to invest about 100 hours of your time, plus $200 and the day to get it home, new blades, bearings, chain, etc., it starts to make you wonder.

The last consideration is if and when you get all the rust off, and everything does move and work, are the dimensions still held to take off a finite cut since all the dimensions will be looser compared to when it was new?

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:00 PM

I’d give it a shot…

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 06:09 PM

Holbs, let us know what you do…...

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 11:49 PM

well, price was knocked down to $100. The people who have it said no powering up in couple years since it first sat out in yard. It came from a relative. I figure, 4 hours of my life driving and $100 for this Jet Planer is worth it. $200 was… iffy as I can forsee the cleaning and refit needed.
So I will have 2 planers: my rigid 4661 and this planer (once i get it working). Any use to have 2 different planers? Or should I sell off the rigid ?

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 11:52 PM

Ya done good son!

That will be a heck of a deal, and all you need to do is add some elbow grease, and probably some bearings. Break her down treat her right and you got a steal!

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 11:54 PM

I kind of am looking forward to cleaning it up. Gives one the clearing of the haze of a mechanical mysticism for a machine. Did the same for my Rockwell jointer. In the end, I will fully understand the parts and mechanics of a planer.

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#12 posted 03-02-2015 12:55 AM

Blog it Holbs and Congratulations!

Kinda looks like a Jet planer?

It should last you quite a while once you get it running.

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#13 posted 03-02-2015 01:29 AM

Go get it quick!

$100 – That gets you a big old, hot , steaming “You Suck”

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#14 posted 03-02-2015 11:58 AM

No doubt about it, that’s a “you suck” for sure. Congrats…..

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#15 posted 03-02-2015 03:10 PM

Be sure and keep us posted as to your progress with the rehab.

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