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Oliver Machinery Co.
Grand Rapids, MI

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Planer, Wood
Machine Size: 30" X 12"
Submitted By: Tom Moore
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 261 Planer
Date of Manufacturer: 1940, according to www.oliverusedmachinery.com (SN: 48884)
Serial Number: (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 7/15/2004 3:40:33 PM

This mother of all planers is located in the woodshop classroom of El Camino College, in Torrance, CA, some 12 mi. south of downtown L.A.

I have used it for 2 years, since I do not (yet) own a planer. It is the only planer that I have used - I'm ruined for life!

A 10 HP motor makes it all hum. The apparatus above the main body holds the built-in grinder for dressing the cutters which are staggered around the cutterhead. This one has a 4 speed horizontal feed. At the slowest speed, it makes about a zillion cuts per inch. Smooooth.

Total weight is 6,700 lbs. of prime american cast iron. Footprint is approx. 6 ft. square.

One student recently brought in a laminated butcher-block table top (Maple?) that was 12 ft. long, 24 in. deep, and approx. 6 in. thick. On both sides were deep dishes where the wood was slowly cut/worn away as the butchers cut meat through the years. The whole thing was planed down to about 4 in. thick, cleaning up completely, and the motor seemed not to slow down. He ended up with quite a nice pair of free workbench tops!

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