Jointer/Planer Combo... Tool Gloat!

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Blog entry by Dan posted 02-17-2011 05:23 PM 5249 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had my own shop set up at my house for a little over a year now. During that time I have built up what I would consider a pretty complete shop. The only real major tools I was missing was a Jointer and a Planer. I had no plans of buying either tool either because my dad who also does woodworking had a nice Jointer/Planer combo in his shop that I used. I would just make a trip to his place when I needed to use either.

Well last week my dad told me I could move the Jointer/Planer to my shop. He was not using it as often anymore and was kind enough to let me put it in my shop. The Jointer/Planer is a 3hp 12in Mini-Max FS31 and its about 15 years old. It weighs 600lbs or more so getting it in and out of my trailer was a bit of a project but we managed. I had to add a 220v circuit and outlet to my shop which I did myself. I also gave it a much needed cleaning.

The machine works great. It only takes seconds to switch it from a jointer to a planer. All you have to do to switch machines is loosen a couple knobs and lift up the jointer tables. It couldn’t be any easier. I have a lot of rough sawed lumber so this is going to be extremely handy in my shop.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 06:00 PM

Nice addition – reminds me of a Transformer. The best part (besides the price) is that you are already familiar with how it works.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 06:35 PM

Nice! And it stays in the family, too. Great tool gloat.

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 09:08 PM

I bow for you, its deffently a great gloat …..LOL
a tool you know already very well and have it way before time given to you as a gift
and at the same time knowing your dad will pop in unexpected from time to time
to work in the shop too having him around sharing knowledge and thoughts about
the same interess as you have …...just can´t be better

congrat´s Dan you are a lucky man if you don´t know it :-)

take care

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 09:20 PM

I know I am very lucky. With the money I make now there is no way I could afford a machine like this. As it is now all my big power tools were bought used.

I am sure my dad will like seeing it now that I have cleaned it. He kept it in his garage which had a leaky roof so the jointer top had a lot of surface rust on it. I spent hours sanding and buffing the top back to shape. I will be taking good care of it that is for sure.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 09:29 PM

just by doing that he will know you have paid for it next time he sees it :-)....if he know how hard it is

good luck with it


Edit : or ells just making a sign to sit on top saing 54 hours ….LOL

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 09:41 PM

Very nice machine. It is always nice to get a new tool even if it is just new to you.

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 11:02 PM

Great machine and worthy of a gloat for sure. She (“Lil Maxine”?) cleaned up nice, too.
That machine should be around for that little guy you’re holding in your avatar picture.

Stay warm!!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 11:43 PM

Whoa! A MiniMax? This kind of thing never happens to me. That’s a really high quality machine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 01:21 AM

It was real nice of your dad to give it to you know.At least this way he can see you enjoy his tools and you will always have the memories of him every time you use it.That is something that all the money in the world could not buy you.

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 05:25 AM

Transformers….......more than meets the eyes!! That is a cool machine!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 03-05-2020 11:41 PM

Do you have the setup manuals for this machine? I have been looking for the correct ones for ever!Al of the ones I seem to be finding don’t have all of the adjusting information in them. Thanks

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