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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 06:38 PM

Snipe is pretty common. I wouldn’t suggest that as a screen for a planer purchase.

A planer is a precision tool. HF stuff is not known for precision.

Those who advocate purchasing this level of tool don’t seem to value dependability as much as I do. While it is guaranteed, and if it breaks they’ll give you a new one, that’s a day ruiner right there.

But what if it doesn’t break, what if it just won’t keep the table parallel to the head? So after running a 100 bf of wood through, suddenly boards are a thirty second thicker on one side than the other? And since they’re random widths, each board has two random thicknesses!

I have not had this experience, nor do I know anyone who has, but for me, this scenario stamps a big negatory on the potential purchase. As always, YMMV!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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