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#1 posted 06-29-2011 05:44 AM

The planer moves on a single post. Across the face of the
board deviations can be a problem with it, but end to end too.
for rough-sizing it is very powerful but the feed rate is too fast
for finish planing. The type of work you do, wood species, and
your approach to sanding are factors to consider.

I don’t know how exacting your work standards are. Accuracy
is relative. Lunchbox planers are not accurate enough for millwork,
in my opinion, but 9 out of 10 guys on here will rave about the
clean surfaces their Dewalts turn out with nary a mention of
thicknessing consistency – a factor that is not so relevant to the
hobby guy but costs you real money if you’re a pro.

All sorts of compromises are okay if you’re not making a career
of woodworking. For that matter – all combination machines
make compromises – your skill and discernment as a craftsman
will determine the excellence of your output more than your
selection of machinery will, but when you are in a rush to crank
out a kitchen-full of face frames, a planer that makes the boards
all the same to within under 1/64th is a boon. Your methods
of joinery matter too. I became so annoyed with pocket holes
and loose tenon joinery I am now mostly using dowels because
the alignment is much more positive and consistent, resulting
in less sanding of misaligned frame parts.

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