I have had my own shop set up at my house for a little over a year now. During that time I have built up what I would consider a pretty complete shop. The only real major tools I was missing was a Jointer and a Planer. I had no plans of buying either tool either because my dad who also does woodworking had a nice Jointer/Planer combo in his shop that I used. I would just make a trip to his place when I needed to use either.
Well last week my dad told me I could move the Jointer/Planer to my shop. He was not using it as often anymore and was kind enough to let me put it in my shop. The Jointer/Planer is a 3hp 12in Mini-Max FS31 and its about 15 years old. It weighs 600lbs or more so getting it in and out of my trailer was a bit of a project but we managed. I had to add a 220v circuit and outlet to my shop which I did myself. I also gave it a much needed cleaning.
The machine works great. It only takes seconds to switch it from a jointer to a planer. All you have to do to switch machines is loosen a couple knobs and lift up the jointer tables. It couldn’t be any easier. I have a lot of rough sawed lumber so this is going to be extremely handy in my shop.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"