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dadude



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 257
Location: Georgetown Station, New York

PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:14 am    Post subject: Oliver 299 Reply with quote

Fellow Junkies,

Recently upon stopping for a roadside look at a powermatic 20" bandsaw I stumbled upon my dream planer, a helical head 299 and I mean stumbled. I took a chance as machine had been outside, poorly covered for an undisclosed period of time. It sits proudly replacing my two planers (which sold immediately on woodweb) and runs perfectly. What can I say? when a curious fellow asks if your interested in a planer? always say YES!

Best,
Dadude
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nektai



Joined: 17 Dec 2004
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Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great score! When you say that you pulled over to look a t a roadside powermatic 20" bandsaw I picture it being used to hold a mailbox.

How does it run?
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guzziguy



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Western NC

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what condition was it in? it looks pretty clean for a planer that spent some time outside.
ju
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dadude



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Georgetown Station, New York

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nt and ju,

hello gents, pm 20 had not degraded to that point for mailbox fixture, in true Jeff Foxworthy fashion my mailbox is affixed to an antique 2x spindle chair borer and is indeed proper redneck.

getting back to 299 talk, fellow had covered it with two tarps fortunately but a significant amount of surface rust had occurred (hence my 3500 purchase price) tables and ways have cleaned up just fine, bed roll adjustment dowangie jimmie was bound tighter than uncle dicks hatband and typical poor moving procedure process had bent the lever like a pretzel. other than that it runs, planes and feeds just fine.

GRAY is a problem! i'm a green guy, original color was green, oliver green.was nervous about small stock like solid edgeband stock i prepare, finish dimension of 6x22mm. it is very sensitive to bedroll adjustment for thin stock and seems to plane to 8mm just fine without a shoe, the bedrolls are powered. it loves fast feedrate varible from 20-60 fpm, head mtr. is 7.5 hp and feed mtr 2hp, dusthood came with it complete with control gate.

guy has a older rockwell 20" bandsaw with if wood/metal pete is all over but if wood only it is available, also a small crown like ours and some misc. which i will inventory and post. also a scmi T3 sliding shaper, a bit of a cheapie when it was made but curious with a stub spindle for coping and tenoning, needs TLC, look for further posts on this stuff and more

all best to you and yours,
dadude
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crzypete



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: New York State

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude, Sweet planer. Don;t know if you noticed but there is a manual on eBay right now. http://cgi.ebay.com/Oliver-299-D-Wood-Planer-Factory-Manual_W0QQitemZ190234857472

As to the rockwell saw, I have no interest, so if someone else if interested, let them onboard.

Damn I'm jealous of that 299.

pete
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dadude



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: 299 Talk Reply with quote

thanks pete I did win bid on manual for 299, actually very close to my serial number in original issue. Eagle Machinery did a search on my machine and it was built in 1975 for Corning glass works and cost 9K. they make the machine today for 31K, i can buy the grinder motor and accessories for 1500 from Eagle, i think it's worth a try to ask the guy i purchased from if it's around, we'll see? cutters are 4 sided and carbide, about an 1" square and 84 of them, sharpening takes how long? seems like very light grinding will be the procedure.
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