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Small Putnam planer FS

Mike U.

Aluminum
Joined
Apr 30, 2006
Location
Gloucester Pt. VA
I purchased a small Putnam planer a few years ago when looking for a “shop sized” planer to machine engines in my home shop. I think it’s probably late 1870s-1880s vintage. Others more qualified than me on this forum can probably chime in and date it. Not long after buying it I ended up with another planer that was even better sized for my needs. Both need some work and I’m going to concentrate on my other planer and offer this one here in case someone else can really use it and is interested in making it operational. I don’t need two planers and won’t get to this one any time soon. I’d like to see this one running again rather than sit in storage. I’m asking 2800.00 obo. I realize this is a lot of money but it is actually less than I have in it. Email me at (DatsunDoc (at) aol.com) to make offers if you are seriously interested and/or want additional pictures. I would consider a nice Hardinge TU mill as a possible trading item but I’m not looking for any other project machines.

The planer has a 42” x 15” platen and a little over 18” between the uprights. I think this is a really nice size for the home shop. It’s small enough to make room for yet big enough to do some serious work. Approximate overall dimensions are 66”L x 45”W x 67” H.

Condition issues:
The pulleys need some repair. One has a small piece missing and another has a section that is cracked and needs to be repaired. There is also evidence of some previous vintage repairs etc. on the pulleys. In my opinion these need to be carefully repaired or recast to make it operational. The power down-feed linkage for the cross rail is missing and one ear of the down feed crank that would operate that function is broken off. There are some gouges in the platen so I can envision that a crash event broke these items all at once sometime in its history. I have some pictures of this linkage from another Putnam to show what’s missing or others here at PM could probably provide pictures from their planers. This planer has power down feed for the tool head as well so the cross rail down-feed parts would not need to be fixed to make it operational. My other planer and most planers I’ve seen don’t have this power-feed on the cross rail. Email me at (DatsunDoc (at) aol.com) for any questions.

Mike
Gloucester Point, VA
 
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Damaged parts needing repair.
 

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I looked at some old catalogs and copies. The best I could narrow things down is somewhere from 1881 to 1895, more or less. Or just call it the 1880's for close enough.

By 1896 the top rail updated, but rest of the planer was just as this one. I will attach a scan from 1899 to show how this size looked in 1896. (yes I mean 96, I have a scan from 96, but the quality of 99 is better)

In 1877 this size had not yet been designed. One smaller and one larger.

In 1881, I see a much larger planer with the same style top rail. I have just one page on planers from 1881. I dont know if they got around to redesign of smaller sizes at that time. I guess, I just copied one page of the 1881 from the Historical Society Library.

Unfortunately the Historical Society is in the middle of a move to a new location and this could take months or more. I wont have access to any records until the move. This is a shame because I have some time now. I had hoped to go back and revisit Putnam research in more detail.

PLEASE DONT REPLY TO THIS THREAD UNLESS TO CLARIFY OR QUESTION MY DATING, BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW THREAD, WITH A NEW LISTING OFFERING FOR TRADE
 

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