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Baxter D. Whitney & Son, Inc.
Wood Working Machinery
24" X 8"
Model 105 wedge bed cabinet planer
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2/4/2008 11:36:09 AM
Here is the Whitney planer I just acquired from Jeff Behan. He bought it from a cabinet shop in Maryland.
The 105 was introduced by Whitney ca. 1946. It is a more compact model than most of their older planers and was designed as a medium duty planer. This one has a 10hp 3500rpm 3ph 220/440v direct drive motor running the four knife cutterhead and a 1 1/2hp motor running the feed through a Reeves variable speed drive. The planer came with all its accessories including dust hood, grinder, jointer, knife grinding counterweight and knife setting tool. Jeff also snagged the blueprints for lubrication, adjustments, wiring, and floor plan, as well as the original owner's manual.
Whitney planers are distinguished by their one piece main frame and wedge bed table support. The main body of the planer is cast as a single massive unit rather than being assembled from several castings. The wedges that raise the table are single castings as well, which means that there is no possibility of the bed getting out of alignment. The four knife head is surprisingly quiet, and there is no vibration anywhere.
The planer is in fantastic condition and was obviously well maintained, aside from needing the knives ground. It wears its original black paint with pride. It is now residing roughly six miles from where it was built in Winchendon, MA.
Houston, the monster has landed
This is the locating finger for sharpening the knives. It was missing so I made a new one.
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