Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Columbia, MO 65202
DANG!!! THANK YOU!!! I think there is a chance this is an earlier model (the model names: lab 30, vs C300 could make a person think that). And it appears to be Italian, which is what Gil told me this machine is. Mechanically it looks nearly identical. The lab 30 is three-phase, where Gil's is single phase, and the controls are a bit different than what the C 300 controls originally were.
The C 300 was designed with an absolutely terrible control switch system which had a huge 12 deck stacked switch, to select functions. Even more strange, the motors did not have starting capacitors. There was one starting capacitor that was switched among the three motors with the giant switch stack, and then it had a second control that I would describe as an ignition switch. You had to rotate it to the "start" position to spin up the selected motor, and then it would return to the "run" position with a spring-loaded return. The switches were not sufficiently robust and could not carry the current if a careless user crowded the machine too hard, as in trying to plane hardwood with dull planer knives, a thing Gil was prone to doing. Also, Gil could not learn to turn the switch to the "start" position, so the motors would spin up very slowly, pulling huge amounts of current while doing so. He burned up the switch decks for the table saw and planer about 15 years ago. I was able to find replacement parts and rebuilt the switch deck. Several years later he called me again. The switch decks and the motors for the planer and saw were all burned up. By that time I had enough of that set up. I hauled the thing to my shop, stripped out all of the cheap aluminum Italian motors and replaced them with good American made heavy duty power tool motors. I replaced the switch mechanism with ordinary 20 amp toggle switches. A few compromises had to be made to fit in the motors, but now the machine is extremely robust and nearly bulletproof.
I wish I had room for it, but I just don't, and I don't do enough wood work to justify buying it myself. I'm going to get the surface rust off of the tables, free up all of the motions, clean it up and sell it for him. Your discovery of a workable service manual is going to be a great help in this regard. On behalf of Gil and myself I offer you our most heartfelt thanks!!