Having just decided to purchase the Dewalt 735 I had the crazy luck of someone offering me a Sun Hill 20" planer for the surprising price of free. I can't seem to find much information about Sun Hill other than they went out of business or this planer in particular. The owner said he was "tired of it"... not sure what that means either or what kind of condition its in. Does anyone know anything about Sun Hill planers? I wouldn't be surprised if its 220v but I'm hoping it's not 3 phase, if i understand correctly that would be difficult to do in my garage. Any suggestions on if this is worth my trouble?
Not a clue how i got so lucky, my biggest issue now is getting a 800 lb planer out of my truck and in my garage. The alley behind my house is paved but my carport between the alley and my garage is dirt, which is probably not the best for a rented forklift.
Sunhill was a Taiwan badge like Star, JET. I think they were
known to be decent quality and I think they were doing
a pretty good job with wide belt sanders. The owner
passed away a few years back and the family decided
to close the business.
Planer knives are pretty standard for most stationary light
industrial planers with gibbed cutterheads. They come in
a few thicknesses but gig screws adjust for thickness
The owner may be irritated by a creeping depth setting.
Somebody local to me was selling a 20" Grizzly
with this issue pretty cheap recently. Totally a solvable
I have an old sun hill bandsaw. Basically, the sun hill machinery was just like Grizzly back in the day, they both imported machines from taiwan using the same castings. According to the info plate on my bandsaw, they were also located in the Seattle area.
I buy my Woodmaster 25" blades from Woodmaster for about 100.00, a set of 3 brand new sharp blades. I wonder if those could be cut down to 20" and fit into your sunhill planer. Like Loren said, gig screws will accommodate different thickness in knives. Just a thought. Congrats
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