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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2008, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hi. I'm new here, and not sure where I'm at, so I'll try and do this right. I am looking at a used planer, CENTRAL MACHINERY 12" model #95082. Seller claims he only planed a small quanity of boards. Please comment on the quality and reliability of said machine. Thanks! Skolzie. mobilunit4@frontiernet.net
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Never had good luck with HF

tools. Motors and bearings burn out regularly. If you buy new from them, get the insurance and they will exchange things with no problem. it's just that you have to drive there regularly to exchange stuff.
I still buy stuff from HF, but not power tools.

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tools. Motors and bearings burn out regularly. If you buy new from them, get the insurance and they will exchange things with no problem. it's just that you have to drive there regularly to exchange stuff.
I still buy stuff from HF, but not power tools.

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I second what Tony B said. I buy from HF, things like clamps, ods and ends, but not power tools They seem to be low quality. I have a few air nailers and staple guns that have held up well.

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I assume that HF stands for Harbor Freight?? (What ever happened to the practice we were taught in English Class of first fully spelling out anything before using the initials eg. Harbor Freight (HF)?)

I have bought small cheap power tools such as a 4 1/2" grinder that I would use for occasional jobs.

I do not think I would purchase a major power tool there. Air tools may be OK.

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I've had good luck with air tools and odds / ends like clamps and some hand tools... but not powertools.......
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I would not get it.

I have no experience with that exact planer but I do have a HF 10" that I got used. Its almost 10 years old and canít get any parts for it.
Plus my dealings with the company have been less then pleasant. Bought a few things from them and think the only thing that didnít fall apart was a hammer. Also found there costumer service to be very poor.

Just my opinion but Iím staying as far away from that company as I can now.
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If you read the reviews that you can find of their various machines, many owners have had excellent results with the 14" Band Saws, 6, and 7" jointers (albeit with a crummy fence), the 2HP dust collector (with some modifications) is in a LOT of woodworkers shops for good reason, and several models of drill presses are proving out to be good machines. HOWEVER, I have never heard any kind words on Central Machinery (Harbor Freight's house brand for electric power tools) benchtop tools, specifically the planers. Save your money and pick up a Ryobi AP1300 or Ridgid R4330 if you can find one used. I have an AP1301, which is an okay planer, but it lacks the infeed / outfeed tables and cutterhead locks of the now discontinued AP1300... The AP1301 is reported by several posters to lack a cutter head lock, but from what I can read in the owners manual, there is one. If you want to go with a new Planer, the AP1301 is a good unit. I have been very happy with mine so far...

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Many thanks to the input on the Central Machinery planer. It's available for $100 off original price, but I still will pass. I am skeptical of Central Machinery equipment, and the responses reinforced my thinking. Skolzie.
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I see Im a little late on this thread, but I have the planer #95082. I was skeptical to buy, but needed one desperately and had little cash. Its been about 6 months and Im actually very satisfied, surprised actually. However, Its time to rotate the blades, the manual says remove the three hexhead screws to remove the blade guard... Where the hell is the third screw!?!? The images in the manual look like they were taken by Zack Morris's cell phone, worthless. Ive got the two out and the guard still feels pretty secured. Is there only two? Do I just need to give it some love taps? Thought id brows the interweb before i started beating on it, but still no answers. anyone? Bueller... Bueller?
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phantom 3rd bolt on harbor freight 12" planer

Yeah I assume you figured this out already, but for anybody else out there... When changing the blades on the HF 12" planer, the label on the machine refers to 3 bolts to be removed, but there are actually only 2. The cover will seem very well secured when the 2 obvious bolts are removed but you need to gingerly slide it to the right to release it. Hope it helps someone out there.
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This thread has a long and useful life---thank you for the technical help--Mike---
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