• Chuck Hess

Rare Oliver 299 ITCH head planer

Updated: Nov 17

Hey All, this machine story starts with Ron, a friend of ours, who also happens to be my planer mentor, calls and tells me there is an Oliver 299 planer in an auction and I have to buy it. My response was I already have a 299 that we like very much, but that did not slow him down. This one is a rare 299, he says, It is one of the last round body castings and has the quickly adjustable bed roller handles built into it. He told me that Rich said there were only "6 or 8" of these made before Oliver went to the square body design. Let me ask right now if anyone reading this has any accurate data on this please let us know. So he then proceeded to tell me that if I considered myself an Oliver collector, that I should take a hard run at this machine because there are very rare and I might not see another come up, ever. Ok, I was starting to waffle, then he added some backstory. This machine is at the best lumber company in southern California, and my buddy has been in the mill shop several times and seen the machine and has been keeping an eye on it over the years. Ok this seemed like an inside track tip if there ever was one. So even though we just rebuilt the 1958 planer that we have 2 years ago, which was a lot of work, I looked at the auction and placed a bid. Here are the auction pics;

So it looked pretty good, but I was telling myself that I don't need the project right now, because we are super busy in the shop, there's a pandemic going on and I won't be able to pick it up myself since it is in southern California, it doesn't have a grinder with it and it will probably be a lot of money. But other than those bumps in the road, I was starting to feel it!

That was back in August and I did win it! I knew this was going to be a slow moving project but that was OK. Freight took forever partially because I used the cheapest carrier and partially because the plandemic has every thing slowed down.

9-24-2020 She's here! Whu Hu! Here's the arrival pics;

Here's a few pics Ron took of the location where the planer was;


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