Any thoughts on a used Powermatic model 15 planer?

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Forum topic by robert triplett posted 04-01-2014 12:26 AM 4279 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2014 12:26 AM

I have seen a used powermatic 15” planer on craigslist. Owner says there are adjustment problems. The price is good. Anybody know much about this planer? The serial number starts with 98 if that tells you anything.

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 12:34 AM

Is he selling it for a good price, if so maybe plan on replacing the 3 Bs blades, belts, bearings. You would end up with a quality planner rebuilt that will last a very long time.

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 12:37 AM

I am a fan of the older heavy equipment myself. If the price is fair. I have an older pm180 which is the 18” planer. I am sure the planers are similar. I have had little useage on mine so far. I mainly use our woodmaster 725 until I can take more thorough time with our powermatic planer so I really cannot speak much from experience. Our planer is built strong and heavy and seems best fitted for rough planing. I personally go for it if the price was right.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 03:06 AM

Robert, if the price is right, I would invest in a new helix head for the old machine. Byrd now make replacements for most if not all models of Powermatic. They usually include new bearings on the shaft. It would end any adjustment problems and probably give you a machine that would outlast you.

The Byrd helix head is so much more quiet and there is no blade adjustment, you just turn the teeth when you need to. Of course you would want to investigate costs first, and it would be a pricey trade out, but it is a one-time fix.

I’m told the bearings on the cutter head and belts are the real wear dangers. Remember you are looking at a tool that weighs about 600 pounds or more. Have a strategy to load and unload it. Looks like new heads cost 1-2 K depending on the model. You will also need a 220/30 Amp service. It is a lot of hassle to install, and you will also need a cyclone collector for the chips, but the resulting tool is sweet to use.

This site lists the prices and models. I think this is buying direct from Byrd. Unless you really need the extra five inches of width, a new 15” might be a better buy and you don’t have to solve the transportation problems.

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 03:12 AM

Powermatic produced a version of the Belsaw planer moulder
in a 15” size.

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 03:56 AM

Could you run a board or two through it before you buy it? It probably will need a new belt and blades but that shouldn’t be too dear.

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#6 posted 04-13-2014 04:01 AM

Did u get the planer. A model 15 planer is at auction I am watching. Just curious if u got the planer and if u like it.

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