I have had a few people ask for more info on how I hinged my planer bonnet so I figured I would make a small writeup with a few better pics. Maybe the people at woodmaster should take a look at this and make their planers a bit more user friendly The top is just too heavy for 1 person to lift off without help all the time.
If memory serves me correctly you will need 2 new 2-1/2" bolts same size and thread as the black wing nuts that hold the bonnet on and 4 washers and 6 nuts.
1 set of hinges tall enough to do the job and nuts, bolts and washers for it (pics below)
1 piano hinge and required nuts and bolts.
For cutting I used an air tool with a 2.5" fiber wheel.
The pics below show the hinges I used and how.
The front will need to be cut out and hinged back on to be able to clear the table when swung open. Will also need to drill for the front bonnet wing nuts to clamp it back down when in use. I also cut the old front studs off so the bonnet clears better.
Here u can see where the 2-1/2" bolts go to bolt the front face back when in operation.
you will also need to notch the back in 2 places so the bonnet will clear the rear bonnet wing nuts.
and the end result should be something close to this
Makes it a lot easier to change blades, lube bearings and feed rollers.