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  1. I think NTN makes an electric motor bearing with...

    I think NTN makes an electric motor bearing with a CM clearance that is within the normal range but a little more precise. Similar to SKF Explorer or Natchi Quest. I'd ask about those. Dave
  2. If Hermance does a DD head, that would be my...

    If Hermance does a DD head, that would be my choice over Byrd. The head swap makes most sense if the original is bad or a clamshell. Dave
  3. Darcy may know of some but generally the machine...

    Darcy may know of some but generally the machine is converted to belt drive ( or maybe a lovejoy connection ) as the head is part of the rotor so both would need to be machined. Very costly for...
  4. When I'm a buyer, too many share the pursuit. ...

    When I'm a buyer, too many share the pursuit. When I'm a seller, not enough. Dave
  5. The Porter also had a swing away guard that could...

    The Porter also had a swing away guard that could be easily removed by pulling a pin. It makes it easy to run a wider board over the jointer twice. Doesn't give a perfect flat cut but good enough...
  6. The Porter is similar in build to the NF heavy...

    The Porter is similar in build to the NF heavy duty. If the MD is in much better condition I would consider it but the Porter is one of the best jointers made. Spring bed on the infeed end, 96"...
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    The balance of the head and pulleys, the belt...

    The balance of the head and pulleys, the belt quality and alignment, and even the bearing precision and clearance are bigger factors than three phase vs single. Enough other reasons to prefer three...
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    The NF is a 1500 lb machine. I put my Oliver 166...

    The NF is a 1500 lb machine. I put my Oliver 166 on mobile bases but a pallet jack and a crib are a better choice. If you move it, you should mark the floor and put it exactly back in the same...
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    +1 on what Darcy said. Other than a proprietary...

    +1 on what Darcy said. Other than a proprietary controller , all the modules inside the SAC are off the shelf. IEC stuff is compact in size but doesn't last so I always have a extras or at least...
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    A new 15-16" planer won't be an upgrade to a 20...

    A new 15-16" planer won't be an upgrade to a 20 year old planer of similar size, just newer. The head is the only design improvement over that 20 year period. I'd either fix the old PM or upgrade...
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    Does the motor run when you try to lower the...

    Does the motor run when you try to lower the table or is it dead? I don't remember a kill switch if the table is moved to close to the head. Darcy might know. I think the first picture is just...
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    The link belt might not be the issue but it isn't...

    The link belt might not be the issue but it isn't an appropriate power transmission belt for the high torque bandsaw needs. Dave
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    Condition and how flat the table are are more...

    Condition and how flat the table are are more important than belt vs direct drive. A jointer is not a finish machine so cuts per inch is less important than long flat tables. Northfield originally...
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    Single stage collectors are what are generally...

    Single stage collectors are what are generally used with a widebelt. Bags with a built in shaker or outside to inside cartridges with a pulse jet blowing inside to out are effective with fine dust. ...
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    The bag needs to have enough surface area and the...

    The bag needs to have enough surface area and the ability to surface load so the dust cake doesn't cling or clog. If you have large enough bags and the chips and dust easily drop off, their is...
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    Taking the sliding table off is always a better...

    Taking the sliding table off is always a better option. Stuff gets banged around enough in the process that taking the table off and not stressing the bearings is worth the effort. Dave
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    Thickness should be greater than plate of blade...

    Thickness should be greater than plate of blade but less than kerf. Dave
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    There is more to it than the power of the motor. ...

    There is more to it than the power of the motor. 5/8" arbor, diameter of shaft between bearings and size of the bearings themselves are all factors that come into play when spinning that much...
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    Well done. It is a great feeling to find such a...

    Well done. It is a great feeling to find such a well built machine and know you paid a fraction of what new and inferior would have cost. Dave
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    Thanks for the link and info. Makes the new...

    Thanks for the link and info. Makes the new Corvette look cheap. Dave
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    Kind of like the new Corvette. Dave

    Kind of like the new Corvette. Dave
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    Peter, I was told that by an SCM guy a few years...

    Peter, I was told that by an SCM guy a few years ago when they acquired Casadei. We were talking about sanders but I thought he was referring to all machines. That may no longer be the case ( or he...
  23. I've had four over the years and all were...

    I've had four over the years and all were repeatable which is more important than accurate. Iturra had some problems with indicators years ago when Mark Duginske tested them and they got a bad rap. ...
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    Casadei is owned by SCM and a good value. SCM...

    Casadei is owned by SCM and a good value. SCM sells Casadei at a lower price but the difference with SCM is kind of like Chevy vs Oldsmobile for those of you that remember the old GM. I would not...
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    Everything is relative. Darcy is a pro but I'm...

    Everything is relative. Darcy is a pro but I'm just a hobby guy and moving 900 lb machinery is easy. I've moved 6000 lb machines and that is hard. A Johnson bar, a couple of dollys, a few pipes, ...
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