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Forum topic by s1rGr1nG0 posted 11-08-2017 04:56 PM 3813 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2017 04:56 PM

Greetings all!!
I am new to woodworking and my wife and I are both looking to start out with some small projects for around the house..
Having said that, iwas looking around and found a lady selling a Hitachi planer/jointer combo. I looked at the pictures and did some more searching and to my untrained eye it looks like an F1000A.

She said that she accidentally “locked” it and wasn’t sure if she wanted to sell it unless she knew it worked. Aside from being a bit dusty it looks to be in good shape. I asked her that since it was locked if she would take $250 for it and she said that she could do that.

Now, my question to you guys is, what do you think being “locked” means? There is a little red switch on it that says “Remove to Lock” and there is another picture she posted that shows someone with that little switch removed and in their hand. Could it be as simple as replacing the switch to “unlock” it?

For this make and model of planer/jointer combo, if it runs, is $250 a good price?
I have included some pics below to hopefully help explain what I’m talking about.

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#1 posted 11-08-2017 05:02 PM

After chatting with her a bit more I found out that this was her fathers machine but he’s had a couple of strokes and is unable to do woodworking anymore. She said that before she locked it it was working. In fact, she was showing it to someone and pulled the red safety switch thing off and has not been able to get it to start since then.
I’ve heard that sometimes those switches have issues but that it’s an easy and inexpensive fix.

Seems like a good deal for $250 for a newbie woodworker. Thoughts?

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 05:03 PM

Those are supposed to be good machines.
The Makitas are more common in the states
but I think I would prefer the Hitachi personally.
The Makita rollers fall apart. I haven’t heard that
about the Hitachi rollers. Also the extension
tables on the jointer are a cool feature.

I would say $250 is a good price but if the motor
doesn’t run it would be a costly repair. Hitachi
offers no parts support on older machines so
don’t expect to find the plastic part. Putting
on a new switch would be easy though.

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 05:03 PM

I’m not familiar with that particular planer but I know on my jointer I can pull the plastic off the switch to “lock” it. Good chance you just need to put that plastic piece back in place to unlock it.

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 06:08 PM

If it runs, $250 is a very good price. But without knowing why it won’t run, it’s a gamble. You could try bypassing the switch (pull it and short the leads) to verify if it does run. It’s only 4 screws to get to the back of the switch to test. If it does, then a switch is an easy fix. If it’s something else, it could get costly fast. My guess is that she broke off the tabs on the ‘lock’ switch or somehow messed up the safety mechanism in it. If so, it’s a $5 repair to swap out the switch – doesn’t need to be OEM, just needs to work :)


PS: If you go look at it and can’t get it to run, you could try to get it for a bit less by explaining how most of the parts are proprietary and getting it to run will be fairly expensive. If it’s the switch, you got a fantastic deal. If not, you could always part it out to recover your money and perhaps a bit of a profit.

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 05:32 AM

Where can you find a replacement switch for the Hitachi F-1000A planer?

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 06:10 AM

Had an older model, simple push button on/off switch, great machine, found all sorts of parts on Ebay and google search, check my projects for a jig to resharpen your blades.

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