Hitachi P12RA jointer blades in bad shape

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Forum topic by HandyHousewife posted 10-11-2018 11:03 PM 2646 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-11-2018 11:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer planer hitachi tool maintenance

So about a year ago I found an old Hitachi P12RA jointer/planer combo at my local ReStore for probably more than it was worth, but I bought it anyway. I knew absolutely nothing about it, I wasn’t looking for one, it just was there and it begged me to bring it home. And being a sucker, I did.

And honestly, for a couple of newbies who know little to nothing about woodworking, it’s been a phenomenal machine. I even (very) briefly considered replacing the blades with those Shelix heads I’d heard so much about…right up until I saw the cost. Wowza!! The current jointer blades have some pretty significant nicks in them, and I’ve tried moving the fence to compensate, but it’s only a 6” jointer to start with. I found these on Amazon, but are they any good? Or does someone have a suggestion for where to send them off for sharpening? Or is that even a thing you can do with jointer blades?

Also, if anyone has any maintenance tips for this machine, I’d love to hear them. I really like it and want it to last for a lot more years.

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 12:35 AM

Have you considered looking on the internet for a manual for your machine. Most jointer knives are fine to resharpen and will cost anywhere from .80 to 1.20 per inch to sharpen.
But always follow the manufacturer instructions for replacements and how to set them.
Search your area for a saw sharpening service.
Good luck

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 12:55 AM

Just have them resharpened. It doesn’t hurt to have an alternate set ready to go for when you ship the dull set off.

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 06:27 PM

Thanks! I’ll look into getting them sharpened then. :-)

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#4 posted 03-22-2019 02:49 AM

I also recently purchase the Hitachi p12ra from the original owner.
I printed out both parts and user manuals and researched the heck out of the planer on the internet concerning use and basic maintenance. As a result, I wasn’t able to find much. From what I have read, the Hitachi P12ra and Hitachi F1000A share some parts (not confirmed). You can order parts from ereplacementparts and/or Amazon.
Today, I replaced the belt, brush, and roller blocks as preventive maintenance. I also cleaned and oiled the machine. The blades were in good shape but with an older machine I thought it would be best to order planer blades. I also ordered the blade setting guides as well.
It was quite a pleasant surprise seeing little to no plastic parts other than the 2 side covers and the bolts, nuts, and washers are stainless steel.
Good luck.

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