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Forum topic by Dullchisel posted 05-15-2016 02:49 AM 883 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2016 02:49 AM

I am curious as to what a good price on a powermatic 100 planer would be? The machine appears to be in excellent shape and is gold in color. It does have a 3 phase motor on it which I would have to either change or get a phase converter. The guy is wanting around $800.

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 03:03 AM

If it’s clean and taken care of I’d consider it.

VFD instead of phase converter. You can ramp the motor up and brake it as well.

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 09:33 PM

I paid a bit more for mine. It runs off 220v. Best investment in a machine I’ve made.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 10:13 PM

Depends on your requirements. Consider the width of
cut of course, and the number of passes required
to bring a rough board to dimension (planer passes
eat up a surprising amount of time with harder
woods and lighter planers), and the quality of
finish in relation to the sanding equipment you’ll
be using.

I don’t know what kind of board surface that planer
makes, but if it makes the boards you need quickly
it may be worth the asking price to you. I think
it’s high, personally, considering the variety of
imported planers available these days.

To illustrate, I sold my Belsaw 12” 3hp planer when
I got a bargain on a 2hp 15” Invicta knockoff from
Taiwan. I prefer the knockoff in terms of finish quality,
ease of adjustment, and superior chip collection, but
in dimensioning a run of oak boards I found myself
lamenting the Belsaw’s absence because it could have
got the same stock removal done in half the passes

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