Looking at a used Craftex Thickness planer

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Forum topic by retired2 posted 08-17-2019 03:29 PM 193 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2019 03:29 PM

I’m looking at a used Craftex 15” 3 blade thickness planer with a 2 hp , 220 volt Youba induction motor. I can’t try it because the owner removed the motor to move. It is doing less woodworking now and has just moved into a small townhouse.
Are these planers any good? Is there anyway to tell if it’s good. Any suggestions as to what to look for? He is selling it with a Craftex B404N 240 volt dust collecter. Total price $800 CDN.

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#1 posted 08-18-2019 04:09 PM

Craftex is the Canadian import brand for generic 15” planer made in Taiwan.
It’s a clone of the US made Delta/Rockwell RC-33, and likely identical to the 2HP Delta DC-380 made in Taiwan.

If you are used to a lunch box portable planer, there is a big difference. The 4 post planers require more maintenance, plus take more time to set cutter knives, and tune the machine for best performance. It is big step up in thickness planing machinery.

The 15”Taiwan made planers are reliable machines, but have many wear points that need attention. In particular they have have bushings on the in/out feed rollers that require weekly oil application during use. Most machines used in an industrial environment I see those bushings nearly destroyed, allowing shaft play, and needing replacement. Another challenge is the condition of in-feed and old-feed rollers. They are solid steel, and prone to rusting during storage. The rust transfers to wood until gone. It’s easy to clean up, just takes time to tear it down, remove rust, and reassemble.

As far as pricing:
Used in great working condition, a fair price is about 50-60% of new Grizzly machine price ($500-600 USD). If they need a rebuild, or any new parts, subtract it directly off the price.

Have rebuilt a couple of 4 post planers. You can replace all the bearings (~ 23 in motor, cutter head, gear box, and conveyor) for about $150-180 USD in parts. Adding gaskets, seals and new bushings; will send ~$220. The only cost challenge is when you need to replace feed roller, which runs $100-$150 USD each. As long as cast iron is not damaged, even a fugly 4 post planer can be salvaged if bought cheap enough.

One nice thing about those planers is that Grizzly, Jet, and Powermatic are still buying newer versions of same 4 post planers from same mfg made 20+ years ago. The original top mounted motor has different parts now, but there are many common parts between these machines. I have not had trouble finding a replacement part, even if I had to put a Grizzly bushings ($8 each), on Powermatic PM15 machine as PM wanted $32 for same part.
PS – Note that there are two different mfg of clone 4 posts planers with subtle differences, so not ALL 15” planers are identical, even they look exactly same. But both mfg are still in business/imported, and wear parts are relatively easy to find assuming you look to alternate brand name sources.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 08-18-2019 05:01 PM

And what about the motor?? Is it in food shape and is igt included with the planner?

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 02:48 AM

Delta clones, many will even have Delta badged stands, and the long Delta in, and outfeed roller beds. I have one, not a Craftex though (there were many names associated with these)

Delta levied an equalizer, they could copy the tool pretty complete, but just a 2Hp motor, versus the 3Hp for the Delta’s.

Sounds like it might be a big liability???? I never could notice they were any less powerful, and most I have seen had good quality motors, so none of that it says 2 Hp, but it’s really only a 1.3 nonsense.

4 post Delta clone planers, are the “NORM”, easy to work on, many parts swap, and they are a great design. If it runs, I could see 700 bux, if you are seeing that much for a DeWalley 735, These would eat the DeWalts lunch.

Any tool that doesn’t run, have a motor, cord, or any other nonsense that keeps you from finding out it’s trash, is worth 5 BUX, and walk if they give you grief. Cause it sux big time to pay 5, 6, 7 hundred, and find out you need to spend 650 in parts, time, and all that to make it work. You could have bought a new Griz.

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