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B4B

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05-01-2015 04:50 AM

So I found this about a week ago, the seller just got back to me. Originally there were no pics, or any information.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/tls/4996346305.html

Concerns:
the rollers may be missing.
The rust looks deeper than surface rust.
Seized rollers, belts, motor.

What else should I be looking at?

Bottom line: for $150 and a 100 miles round trip is it worth the time and energy to restore?

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.


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#1 posted 05-01-2015 05:04 AM

Rough shape?
Looks in pretty good shape to me… much better than a lot of machines I’ve restored.

Is it worth $150 and 4 hours drive? That’s up to you. I’d be real tempted…

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I love rust – It is easy to remove and lowers the asking price :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 05:27 AM

I’m going to take a look this weekend. The bummer is that we don’t own a pickup and at 400 lbs its a beast. Size wise it’d probably fit in my Prius, but the weight would probably be too much.

My wife’s friend is willing to let us use their pickup and may even come out to help load it. I’ll end up chipping in for Gas and buying lunch or dinner.

Any words of wisdom?

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 06:18 AM

Based on the description and the fact that it’s a 230v machine, don’t expect to give it a test drive :) You will have to go on your gut feeling about the machine after examining it up close. Don’t worry too much about the stuff you will have to replace anyway (belts, bearings, knives, wiring, etc…), Mainly, look for broken castings, bent shafts/rods, missing or broken parts and stuff like that. I’ve found that over the course of many restorations, it’s the missing/broken stuff that will bite you in the wallet, particularly on older machines where parts may be tough to obtain (I actually wound up getting a South Bend metal lathe just so I could make my own parts if needed). If you see any signs of major damage or other serious problems, shake the gentlemans hand, thank him for his time, and walk away.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 08:05 AM

Grab it! Throw a spiral cutterhead in it and look for a 3HP motor to put on. You will be set. I love mine!

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 02:19 PM

If it will run, its worth 150. A little TLC and even worst case, you have to redo bearings, that’s a hell of a price for a 15” planer. I’d take it in a heartbeat.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 07:56 PM

thanks. If I can, I’m going to pick it up.

There is no power where it’s stored so I won’t know if it runs till I can get a 220v outlet installed in the carport.

I may have questions about cleaning it up.

Hopefully it’ll work out.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 10:01 PM

The ad has been taken down, so if not you then SOMEBODY got it!

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 10:10 PM

Looks like someone grabbed it. If it wasn’t you, I’d consider driving up to Grizzly’s headquarters in Bellingham tomorrow because they’re having a tent sale. Lots of discounted machinery because of things like paint chips and stuff. Might get a good deal on a planer there. I think it starts at 8, and there’s generally a large crowd so you have to go early.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#9 posted 05-02-2015 12:35 AM

Not me. But the seller did let me know it was sold.

I’ve been thinking about going up to the tent sale, it’s about 2 hrs from me.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#10 posted 05-02-2015 12:49 AM

OWWM Rule #5 strikes again.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You aren’t going to get much for $150 at that tent sale :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#11 posted 05-02-2015 12:50 AM

Not for $150, no. But You could probably get it for 60% off or so.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#12 posted 05-02-2015 01:10 AM



OWWM Rule #5 strikes again.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You aren t going to get much for $150 at that tent sale :)

- MrUnix

The funny thing is I’ve been trying to get there to see it. Oh well.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#13 posted 05-02-2015 03:37 AM

i would of bought it in a heart beat even for $300. I am in the midst of getting my Jet 15” planer. Taking everything apart and de-rusting with EvapoRust and electrolysis (can check my blog about such ventures). Really is worth the effort of tearing something apart and putting back together.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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