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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-19-2017 08:01 PM

I think you can work around that minimum cut, I do with my Delta. I put a piece of melamine through it as a bed, and I can plane down to about 3/16”.....but I don’t like to do it. Wood that thin has a tendency to lift up into the cutters and get shredded (exactly that word). So about the lowest I go is 1/4”, anything thinner than that needs to go through a drum sander. So…NO, there is no reason to not go with the stationary machine, assuming it is in operable condition. To build a little on what Loren said about the nicer finish….the benchtop planers have rollers that are covered in a rubbery type compound that grip the board by friction. The stationary ones have feed rollers that are serrated steel, and they leave tracks if you don’t cut deep enough to remove them. So they won’t do a skim cut nearly as well as a benchtop.

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