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Thread: restoring a powermatic 15HH

  1. #61
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    That color went on nicely!!!
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    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  2. #62
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    Looking good! Iíve been busy with family stuff but hopefully Iíll be painting soon too. Iím using the Acrylic version of the DTM, which only has 250g/L.

    Assembling a fresh restoration is one of the best parts!

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  4. #64
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    With work and holiday schedule it sat untouched until this weekend, getting close. New bearings everywhere since I had it apart. New seals for the gearbox. Just need to figure out a way to get a funnel or something to fill the gearbox up with oil, its in a hard to get to spot.

    Not going to paint the gearbox because its ultimately covered up, but once this is back together I'll pick a day to paint the rest of it.

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  5. #65
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    Looking good. You should be able to use some clear tubing to get to gearbox with the lube. Not sure what weight of fluid is called for but I know gear lube (80-90 weight) typically comes in a squeezable bottle to which you can attach tubing.

    I guess that isn't John Deere Green. Maybe New Holland Blue? Nah, too light.
    Regards,

    Kris

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    I used a straw when I owned a Four post planer.

  7. #67
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    I used squeeze bottles from Harbor Freight to fill the gear box.

    Good Luck,

  8. #68
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    Got the gearbox filled with a flexible funnel. 80W Gear Oil.

    I can confirm that its possible to install the anti-kickback pawls backwards and everything fits and it runs with no issue - but you'd never be able to plane a piece of wood.

    2.5 hour job to pull it apart and switch them around and I have a smooth-running machine.

  9. #69
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    Its been to cool/rainy to finish the painting, will get the rest turned blue in the spring.

    Wasn't too bad get the rollers and everything level and aligned with a feeler gauge. Need to align the infeed/outfeed tables and then run some stuff through it to make sure its all square enough.

    Proof of shavings:

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  10. #70
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    More notes:

    Good to have a torque wrench for the screws on the cutterhead, it was a little more than hand-tight with a screwdriver.

    I used Teflon grease everywhere (learned about it from building mountain bikes).

    Put a new 10 gauge cord from the machine to the wall and a dedicated 30 amp plug.

    I didn't replace the belts - any advantage to a link belt or something here?

    The Byrd shelix head is QUIET - so nice compared to the universal motor in my old Makita 2030.

  11. #71
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    Good to see that machine lacking chips again! You worked hard to get to this point, congrats!

    I wouldnít bother with link belts.

  12. #72
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    Beautiful

    Agree with Matt, ordinary belts are best.

  13. #73
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    If there is any brass or bronze in the gearbox be very careful what lube you use. GL 4 or less is fine. GL5 will eat yellow metal and destroy it in a few years. It is the new improved high pressure additives that do this. I am not sure if it even has to be run for the chemical attack to continue.
    Bill D

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