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#1 posted 06-29-2011 04:30 AM

I owned a Robland XSD310 for awhile. The mortiser was pretty cool,
but the jointer required fiddling after switching back from planer mode
and the planer lacked finesse and wasn’t capable of producing stock
of consistent thickness within 1/64th. Lunchbox planers produce
a nicer surface but still have problems with thickness consistency.

Still, for 3 machines in 1 it was a useful tool to have on hand and
a real timesaver when surface-jointing wider boards. The tables were
not flat but I learned to work around its flaws.

These days I use a vintage Belsaw planer and it’s no less of a brute than
the Robland, but consistency from part to part is much better.

A sliding table is really great to have on your table-saw and the Robland
is a better solution for a small shop than any add-on units I’ve seen. Of
course the true Format-style sliders trump the older x31s.

I’ve been told the shaper on the X31 is not that great, but it at least
is not underpowered and the slider simplifies some setups, perhaps
nullified by the switching over from table saw to shaper and back again.

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