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Posted on Getting an older 15” Bridgewood planer going

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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 07-21-2018 02:27 AM

1- The new pictures show a fair amount of rust, might suggest machine was used to process green or wet wood? Like I posted before, IMHO needs a full tear down, inspection, cleanup and rebuild. I would remove cutter head, gear box, feed rollers plus bearing blocks, chip breaker, replace anything worn or damaged.
The 1st pictures show the table feed rollers are heavily rusted, they have 2 bearings, one in each end that likely need to be replaced. There are also bearings at base of 4 posts for raise/lower mechanism that should be checked for condition, as the posts are open on sides, and debris/water can sit on top of them easily.

2- Cutter head disassembly is easy, sort of, just weighs a lot.
Pictures are worth 1000 words: FineWoodworking site has a thread from 2017 on replacing fixed cutter head with Byrd shellix segmented cutter head. It shows how typical 15” planer head is disassembled and re-assembled. Google has link. OWWM has threads on rebuilds as well.

3- In my experience, there are no pins, or references for setting blades. You will need to obtain some sort of knife setting gauge.
I know Grizzly and Delta versions can still be found online. Due Bridgewood similarity to Jet, might able to get factory version from Jet also?
Alternative planer knife setting gauge can be made from wood and dial indicator (search LJ), or buying magnetic knife setting dial gauges sold in many places (Amazon, Ebay, etc). Principle challenge with non factory versions is you either need to know what exposure distance to use, or must measure/record the existing blade height with adjustable gauge BEFORE you remove old blades. This topic has much discussion in WWW, and no reason to repeat details.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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