I have a Central Machinery 10" planer that I picked up at a garage sale
a few months ago. So far it has worked well for me. However, this
weekend I was squaring up a lot of wood for a workbench top and noticed
the planer was leaking oil on the left side of the machine. This was
the most continuous cutting I've done done with it, but I have not
noticed a leak before. It leaked about a 1/4 cup of oil.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should look at to fix this? It
may be a while before I can replace it with a better quality machine,
so I need to keep this one alive for a while longer.
Here is a picture of the machine:
The unit has sealed bearings and a light coating of grease on the table
support rods, each end of the cutter head, the drive chain and the table
If you've found 1/4 cup of oil on the left side of the planer start
looking overhead for what's dripping?
I doubt that (I hesitate to call it a machine) planer could not possibly
have oil in it. It only has pre-greased bearings. Look for other sources
of the oil. Maybe wet wood?
I have a Jet 12" planer that has planed 1000's of board feet with zero
problems (other that new blades). I've have decided to replace it as soon
as it breaks. But then again, that was three years ago. It was only $300+.
Doubtful that there was 1/4 cup of oil in it to begin with, or indeed any oil
I'm betting that:
a) your shop is in your basement;
b) your household includes a dog or small boy; and
c) that ain't oil that dripped onto your planer from the floor above.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
When I use the planer, I am outside in front of my shop, so I know the
mess came from the planer - this time, at least. To put things in
perspective, when I was cleaning up, my 4 year old son came running out
fo the house totally naked to help me put the tools away. Consiquently,
I would not be surprised by just about any mess I find around the house
Your manual calls for putting grease on the bottom chain under the planner.
It also calls for oiling the drive chains (lightly). Since this is a used
machine I would check everything that moves and give it a shot of WD 40 to
see if it has any grease on it and then reoil or grease as needed per the
manual. You can download the manual from HF's website. There was no gear
box that I could see on the item, but check for one anyway just to be sure
that you don't have one that is leaking. Sounds to me like some one may
have over oiled the machine at some time. JMO for what it is worth
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