Powermatic model 100 Changing cutterhead

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Blog entry by Todd1911 posted 11-26-2015 10:49 PM 1100 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! I am looking for a little bit of help. I just picked up a Powermatic model 100 planer off of CL. What I would like to know is how the heck to I remove the cutter head? I am looking at putting a byrd in. I cant quite find enough info on line to remove the cutter head and its not a project I will try to do with no info. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-26-2015 11:00 PM

I don’t know of specific instructions for that model but most planers are very simnilar. I did this for an old 15” grizzly planer. Very much well worth it. There weren’t specific instructions for that model but it was similar to several other models. I watched a Grizzly video and looked at several others. Did a lot of googling. Byrd has some generic instruction but you might need to call them to get access. IIRC, they weren’t on the web site.

I’d start with the manual for your planer. Then watch the videos. Document each step of disassembly so you can put it back together. In the end, if you are modestly mechanically inclined (as I am), it won’t be too bad.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 01:44 AM

If you have the manual, it will show how it goes together. If you don’t have Manual look at powermatic’s site at the manuals. I think most all jointers are similar. On the front in the middle there are two bolts that hold the collar around the bearing . they have to be undone. You have to lower both tables down as far as they will go. In the back you will see the bolts.
Grizzly may have the Byrd head, which will be cheaper. I ordered mine head and bearings from Byrd and they were very helpful. I would call them again for very good help.
I hope this helps.

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 10:09 AM


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