Tips for Evaluating Used Jet 15" Planer (JWP-15cs) Prior To Purchasing

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Forum topic by Pecosgirl posted 07-09-2018 05:22 PM 1976 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 05:22 PM

Hello Everyone,

I will be looking at a used Jet 15” Planer (JWP-15cs) and would appreciate any tips on what to look for to evaluate the condition and if I should purchase it. It is being stored in a storage unit but the owner thinks he can run it off of a generator so that I can put a few boards through it. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 05:48 PM

Hey Pecos Girl,
I would suggest the obvious stuff first. Since it has been stored for who knows how long, check inside and out for rust, dents, and damage. Take a good look at the condition of the knives and then get a quote on line for new ones to make sure they are available and within your budget. A 15” planer should be a real workhorse for your shop but you should be sure you actually need that much machine and width. (I have been getting by with an old Delta lunchbox 12.5” for years and it has served me well with strong performance and cheap replacement knives.

Make sure you have dust control/ chip removal covered because a planer will choke on its own chips if they aren’t removed effectively.

Good luck and happy planing.

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 02:51 PM

Thanks you Tim! I appreciate your tips.

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 03:22 PM

lol, what to look for depends on price?

Suggest best way to learn how to review a used planer is read the mfg product manual. They show all required regular maintenance items and how to complete them. Once you understand what it takes to keep one running, it is really easy to figure out if the current owner has taken care of planer, and/or how much use it seen. There are also several existing posts on LJ that already answer this question on 15” planers?

Can completely rebuild old rusty 15” delta clone planers for <$180 in new bearings/seals/belts, then add $65 for new blades and have near near planer. All you need to check is that all parts are there, motor works, no cracks in castings, and feed rollers and bearing blocks are not damaged. Blade setting tools frequently get lost, and can cost $100+ to replace with original version; so make sure it is included.

Since most of the clone 15” planers came from same China/Taiwan factories, they are very similar.
Am sure that original owner paid lot more fro JET, but a new bare bones Grizzly 15” can be bought for ~$1000, which makes paying more than $500-$600 for used 15” planer a potentially bad idea, unless they are running perfect. More expensive parts to replace are motor, or in-feed & out-feed roller; so check them for damage. For rest of operational items to check, read the product manuals that are easy to find online.

Best Luck.

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 06:52 PM

Thank you CaptainKlutz for your sound advice! Have a good day.

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