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Dominion ES2 Planer/thicknesser

I have just acquired a replacement Dominion ES2 planer/thicknesser, as I really regret selling my previous one.

It’s in a very sorry, rusty state so now to be completely stripped and rebuilt. These beasts are so heavy at 585kg, with the motor alone weighing¬† 42kg. And even completely dismantled every part is a struggle to handle.

Here’s a photo of it as collected: (Click on any photo to open in new window)

Dominion ES2 planer thicknesser

Thicknessing bed prior to dismantling and derusting:

Thicknessing bed prior to dismantling and derusting

It is now completely dismantled and I’ll start work on the base:

Dominion ES2 planer thicknesser base

The base and sides after stripping paint off with caustic soda and then priming:

Thicknessing bed after cleaning, derusting then priming and undercoating:

Thicknessing bed after derusting

A few of the various parts that have been cleaned and de-rusted:

rollers cutter block etc

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Various parts

Time to start the reassembly:

The gearbox is now refitted. It just needed stripping down, cleaning and repainting. New oil was put in and it will now go on for another 60 years at least. The gearbox on these provides two feed speeds; high & low. I normally keep it on the low speed, which gives the best finish on the timber.

Next, I fitted the original 3-phase electric motor. This was stripped down, cleaned and the bearings were perfect so just washed them out and put in new grease.

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The lift ram was then fitted.

And the cover plates for the gearbox control (on the left) and the lift mechanism (on the right)

Showing the underside of the thicknessing table and the mechanism for adjusting the table rollers.

 

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer table roller adjustment mechanism

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer bed and rollers

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer gearbox drivebelt

The main cutting block now back in

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer cutterblock

New blades fitted and serrated feed roller and pressure bar. The feed roller and pressure bar have to be carefully set, in relation to the cutting arc, and it’s much easier to do that now before the surfacing tables are fitted.

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer serrated feed roller and pressure bar

The outfeed roller and pressure bar refitted and height adjustment precisely set.

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer outfeed roller and pressure bar

A ‘Before & After’ photo

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer

Anti-kickback fingers reassembled and refitted. Infeed surfacing table fitted.

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer anti-kickback mechanism

Adjusting tables Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer

Dominion Planer and Thicknesser cast iron fence

 

Dominion ES Planer and Thicknesser before & after

All electrics fitted, machine tested and now in excellent working order. As good as the day it was built 60 years ago.

Dominion Surfacing and Thicknessing Planer now completely restored