New (to me) planer - RBI 612

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Forum topic by WillliamMSP posted 03-23-2015 02:41 PM 3125 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2015 02:41 PM

Whelp, I done did it. After nearly losing my patience (and sanity) with combing the backwaters of Craigslist, all while debating “lunchbox or stationary?” I came across a promising ad for a planer a just over 100 miles away. Seemed to do just dandy on the test board that was run through it and all the parts that are supposed to move do so freely and smoothly – no rattles or bumps. The arrow for the thickness indicator needs to be replaced and I’ll have to find/make a knife setting jig eventually, but everything under the hood (3hp motor, belts, pulleys, rollers, etc) seems pretty solid. Price was $250 and a half a tank of gas for the round trip.

(in/outfeed tables were taken off for transport)

My understanding is that this is the same, or very similar to, the Woodmaster 612; I’ll have to find a manual and go through it and then make any adjustments necessary – any advice to a n00b is welcome. In any event, I’m glad to be done looking and happy to have a major piece of my budding shop in place.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 05:04 PM

HOT DAMN! What a find, that’s a beauty. I have no advice for you at all just wanted to drool a little with you. Once you get it tuned up I’m sure it’ll true your stock up nicely.

-- Talent, brilliance, and humility are my virtues.

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 05:14 PM

no advice, but let me be the first to tell you….you suck!!!! Seriously your patience paid off…good job..

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 05:37 PM


-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 05:43 PM

Congrats William!




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#5 posted 03-23-2015 06:26 PM

^^^ Cool – thanks for that!

Ha – I thought that it was a decent deal (a local shop that sells used machinery has one of these, with no knives, at $600), but I wasn’t sure if I was in ‘you suck’ territory or not.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 01:40 AM

I think you did very well! The knife setting gauge from Woodmaster works well and should work on your machine (and was the cheapest option when I shopped around).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-26-2015 07:44 PM

Hawk should have pretty good customer service. If not I can answer most questions about the machine since I’ve had one since they came out under RBI, and for whom I sold the machines. It has seen lots of trouble free mileage.

Take good care of the feed rollers and keep the bed waxed with a good quality slippery wax. Crank the bed all the way down and be careful of the knives. Clean the rollers with mineral spirits, kerosene, and I’ve used isopropyl alcohol. Their knife setting gauge is a must. I wish there was an easier way to reliably set the knives because it gets tedious when they move about as you tighten the gib. I’ve considered ways to temporarily secure the knives in place while the gibs are tightened, but nothing I’ve tried works reliably yet.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL If you think you left something on and don't return to check it, it will be on.

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#8 posted 07-26-2015 11:42 PM

Looks like a good deal.
Hey I’m looking at a Wixey digital plane gauge.
Check it out to replace the old indicator.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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