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Forum topic by OneShot posted 05-28-2022 02:01 AM 206 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2022 02:01 AM

Hello Everyone, I have a question about a planer. I found a 1985 G1021 15” planer. The planer has a 2018 motor, new belt, new drive chains, infeed/outfeed rollers, mobile base. The seller included a video of the planer running and it sounded good. Price is $1000. What do you all think about this planer and the price?

Thanks for any guidance you guys can provide, Marty

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#1 posted 05-28-2022 02:18 AM

Price sounds good. I’ve not used one so pretty much everything is hear-say. Seems many like it, and it’s a decent size. It would be good to find out why so many changes/repairs were done, did it self destruct or what?
One thing I will note as ‘I don’t like” is the moving table. I like to set up infeed and outfeed tables and if the bed moves, they they should be readjusted every time. I have a Delta with a moving head, so once the setup is made, you don’t have to continually readjust it.

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#2 posted 05-28-2022 02:46 AM

Thanks hcbph_1! I will ask to verify why all the parts were replaced but I think he may have restored it. I don’t understand what you mean by the “moving table”. Based what I can see the upper portion of the machine or cutter head adjusts up/down so it appears the infeed and outfeed tables wouldn’t need adjusted each time. Am I misunderstanding the comment?

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#3 posted 05-28-2022 09:29 AM

- G1021 is a moving table, fixed head 15inch planer, with a 2HP motor. Stock 2HP motor is plenty of power for straight blade cutter head. If you are hell bent on converting to segmented carbide head, a 15” planer runs much better with 3HP motor, and you should skip one with 2HP motor.

- Price may be little too high IMHO. Price when new was about $1000. They were only $1200 when discontinued, and replacement sold for $1400 for many years. Bought several rusty wreck 15” planers for $250-$350. Spend ~$250 on bearings, bushings, seals, belts, wiring, replacement dust chute, and new rubber out feed roller. Sell most of my rebuilt 15” planers for $750-$900. Considering cost is about $160 for both feed rollers, and new motor is $300+; seller could have spent nearly 75% of the original machine price on rebuild? Might be hard to get a lower price? :( Make sure the seller has actually rebuilt the unit, not just replace bork’d parts; as planer that old almost always needs new cutter head bearings and seals.

- Rarely have I rebuilt a planer than needed new in-feed roller. Would ask why was replaced. G1021 came stock with smooth metal out feed roller and unless badly rusted, rarely needs replaced as well. A rubber out feed roller does help with feeding, and some prefer it. If feed rollers were replaced, the end bushings should also have been replaced.

- Drive chain replacement is needed for one reason; Machine has been used thousands of hours and chain stretched and is worn out. When this happens, you must replace the drive sprockets at same time. If seller didn’t replace the $25 in sprockets with chains, need to remove dust cover and check condition.

- All Taiwan made 15” four post planers from last century are nearly same, regardless of brand. They are valuable tools in shop, and can last for decades. Newer versions are still made/sold today, and repair parts are easy to find.

- A 15” planer is an industrial grade thickness reduction tool. It has more adjustments, and requires more maintenance than a simpler plastic bench top planer. Standard straight blades can last 1000-4000bdft, which is much longer than bench top unit; and key advantage to owning one. If you have never read the manual on 15” planer, highly suggest you read it entirely before buying one.


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#4 posted 05-28-2022 10:58 AM

Thanks CaptiainKlutz, Thank you for the information and clarification on the moving table. I didn’t explain things to clearly in my original post. The only new/replaced things on the planer are Motor, drive chains, belt. The infeed/outfeed tables and mobile base are included. The motor is 2018 model and is a 3hp motor, so sounds like thats good. I was able to get the price down to $900, based on your comments that may be on the high side.

I do have the manual available so I will read through it.

Thanks again!

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