At $210 tho; pretty hard to beat what Pete has done with that Wen for Shapers Supply. And among the Aussies and their love of the Makita; a conversion kit for a shaper who already owns a Makita improves it greatly.
Now a lil update.
I finally have it in my hands and damn, I can't wait to get well and use it for the next board. But I think it won't be before end of January.
Meanwhile I'll make some mods.
I opend it and checked the belt and bearings and everything looks ok. I cleaned the belt and lubricated the bearings. The back of the planer it's kinda long so I think I'll cut it at least 3-4 inches.
First thing was the dust collector, I tried few models but didn't like so, I had to design it by my own.
Next mod I hope will be the spiral cutterhead.
I also redesign a gauge scribe and printed and gave few to my friends, also backyard shapers.
Nice . You’re good to go. I prefer the Grit Barrel that Shapers Aus. Sells. It’s very well done.
Yeah the grit barrel could also be an option but the price ... too damn expensive for an backyard shaper. The spiral costs less than 200€.
Factory bearings are sealed so no lubrication is needed. Be careful using any oil or grease on a planer, you'll find out why when you glass the shape. Maybe sooner if you use anything flammable like WD-40 near the motor brushes.
This one has normal bearings... damn it, nit sealed
Bearings are standardized, just measure the unsealed ones and get double-sealed types (sealed each side). These open bearings will seize with foam dust and then the housing or shaft (maybe both) will be history. Make sure that the bearings are rated at least 15K rpm. If not the seals will blow out from the heat, and the rating will vary widely depending on the manufacturer. Most 220V - 50Hz planers run at 12K rpm instead of 16.5K like US 110V - 60Hz models. On modern EU planers this is designed-in for IEC safety regulations (vibration on hands) or unintentionally if a 60Hz universal motor is run at 50Hz. Here's the H-series parts diagram, I think there may be actually 4 bearings instead of the 2 shown:
That’s right. And; It’s got more to do with the thread on compressors, but drain your compressor.
Get good sealed bearings, not cheap ones from china. I've had a set of bearings go bad after one use when the seals came off. Luckily it was on a router bit that I added the bearing to.
Wow suprized. Not much heat or pressure on a guide bearing.