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Jules19/02/2010 19:05:10
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Evening all
This is my first 'thread' so sorry if I get it wrong!.  I am a keen diy woodworker and am now looking for an  old planer thicknesser - so that you get a decent cast iron table with it.
The problem I have is that I was only looking at about £150 - a chance do you think? Also what would a good one be?
Grateful for any advice
Oddjob19/02/2010 19:33:43
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I reckon your chances of getting a decent one with a cast iron table fall somewhere between very slim and zero.  You may get one with an alloy table at or about your budget.
Olly Parry-Jones19/02/2010 19:43:49
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Welcome to the forum.
I'm inclined to agree with Richard... Unless you got very lucky, you're unlikely to get an old cast iron machine for that amount. Another consideration is that a lot of the old machines will be wired up for 415v so, unless you have a three-phase supply, you'd either have to spend another £100+ on an inverter to run it off 230v or buy a new motor and fit it. That's not to they're all like it; looking on eBay, that is how the majority appear. You may have to double your budget and keep your fingers crossed.
Delete20/02/2010 00:26:52
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The best machine you might have a chance of buying is a Schepach . The older ones had a steel table . Not as good as cast but I find mine perfectally adequate. It also gives a very good cut and came top in the Woodworker review some 6 or 7 years ago.
You might have to up your finances a bit  to get a good machine even without a Cast table.
Big Al20/02/2010 08:18:27
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I bought a sheppach 260 10 years ago, like roger mine has the steel table and it is a fantastic machine, very accurate.
There is a kity on ebay that may suit you, click here for the listing. 
Jules20/02/2010 10:16:53
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Many thanks for the advice and recommendations - I shall keep my eye out for a Sheppach and the one on ebay and let you know how I get on.
Thanks again
Jules21/02/2010 16:51:59
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On ebay there is an inca 6" planer thicknesser - which seems to run off a separate motor - I can see the planer bit, but do these have an attachment for the thicknessing bit - as always your advise most welcome
Delete22/02/2010 09:14:19
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Jules if you post the item number we can look at the same thing you are looking at.
Jules24/02/2010 23:01:43
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Gents the item number of the inca is 280465627265, but it looks as if the thicknesser attachments are not available - better luck next time!
Robert Hopkins14/03/2010 19:52:21
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It's worth keeping any eye on ebay, single phase planer/thicknessers with cast iron tables can be found for £150 or under, although a bit of travelling may be required. It's worth bearing in mind that the older the model, the greater the use (and abuse?) and therefore more wear on the bearings and consequently more expense.
chris baggaley29/03/2010 21:47:22
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Hi, sorry to intrude but I have a problem with my woodstar pt 85. When I use it for thicknessing the table drops as the wood goes through. I can see the handle gradually unwind but can not see anything to tighten to stop it
Sparky30/03/2010 19:38:47
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Hi Chris
Not know much about this machine it does sound like the handle has lost its grip.
Once the machine is turned off, try undoing the handle and clean it and the bolt/washer it connects to, you may just have some debris which is stopping it tightening up fully.
I'm sure some other will give better advice when they see this.
Good luck and let us know how you get on.
dennis wake30/03/2010 20:07:21
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hi Chris
     i have the same modle as you and i have the same problem.appart from that it is a verry good machine. will put the folt to the manufacturers and see what they come up with. will keep you informed.
Olly Parry-Jones01/04/2010 10:42:50
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Chris, you could try contacting NMA Agencies, who are the UK distributor of Woodstar products. They're usually very helpful.

Your problem sounds very irregular... Only thing I can suggest is that the knives may be very dull or, are you taking deep or heavy cuts? If it's a relatively new machine though, NMA will almost certainly be able to help.
Wood Smith04/04/2010 22:28:05
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I got my 60"x12" cast iron surface planer on Ebay for £50 about 4 years ago.  It had a 3 phase motor but it was one where the motor simply hung on the outside of the frame and the cutter was belt driven.  Dead easy to change the motor and starter switch helped by having an old motor lying around that was suitable.
One advantage of it being a really old, open frame, machine is that it weighs nearly half a ton and everything is adjustable and serviceable.  For chip extraction I just boxed in the cast iron frame and put a 4" pipe outlet at the bottom.
My Jet 12" thicknesser was a £99 Ebay purchase too at the same time.  It was one of a batch a seller had that were suffering minor damage.  He said a container of them fell off a boat and he was able to buy the damaged ones cheap and then replace the dented panels with original parts from the manufacturer.  I checked mine over and it was as new, except for the damaged box, and the cut was parallel.
It is worth scouring Ebay sometimes and looking at the odd and unpopular items with a view to modifying or adjusting them to suit if you are able.

Edited By Wood Smith on 04/04/2010 22:31:12

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