Nice machine and size too. He's done some work getting it down to just doing the ways , be great for a scrapping class project. I own a smaller one and can't wait to get out and work on it. It's killing me this spine trouble I have. You have to love old machines to own them with care.
Yea, If I had the room I would have bought it. I already have two planers that are projects, one that size, one a bit bigger. I think the only thing that planer really needs is reassembled and a motor drive built for it. Planers tend to wear evenly on the platen ways, and scoring won't hurt the ways much (it's not like you are going to scrape deep enough to get rid of the scoring anyway). I hope someone besides the scrappers get it. At 250, it's starting to look like it could get scrapped.
I just bought it for 255. I don't know where the hell I'm going to put it. I think I may strip it down partialy, clean up the bare metal surfaces and paint them over with epoxy primer and leave it outside till I get time to do something with it.
I am pretty sure the same planer was a give away 2-3 years ago, the seller tried to sell it for a few hundred, IIRC, and finally just said "take it away." I guess it gained value sitting out in the rain, mud, and sun since then. If you look at the seller's other ads, he is a dealer...
I made this guy a reasonable offer for that machine about a year ago, and was turned down. Unless you want to give that 1000 dollars (which I don't think that machine is worth) then don't bother calling him. I offered 600, which I think is quite a fair price for that machine. I figure about scrap metal price on the ground is more than fair for machines in that bad of shape. That way you are paying close to bottom dollar and the seller doesn't have to worry about you scrapping it, since by the time you get it to the breaker, you will have lost the transport cost.
I'm local and saw this several months ago and he was asking $2,000. Even posted the same picture in the forum somewhere. I'm glad someone on the forum got it and for a much more reasonable price IMHO. When I saw it, it was only on the local CL for a couple of days and I speculated it had been bought by a collector. It also didn't have that extensive description which CL doesn't seem to make folks worry about like eBay does. But I could guess it had to need some work being that old and I don't have the space or the time. Luckily it wasn't that price or I would have bit off more than I could chew.
I hope to see an update soon as to the actual condition of the machine. I know little to nothing of planers so anything you post will be informative. I hope it turns out to be in good condition, good enough to use anyway.