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#1 posted 11-15-2012 07:36 PM

I’ve never heard of the brand. Having said that, if it’ll work for you, then great. Yes, check as you have suggested. Take a known straight edge and test the beds for flatness and parallel.

But, instead of buying, how about building one? Yes, it’ll cost more, but you can do it in steps. I’m in the process of building this one:

Instead of doing what the designer did—strip a portable planer for its cutter head and motor—I’m going to use a 15” planer cutter head a friend doesn’t need anymore; he swapped it for a Byrd style cutter head. I’ll need to purchase a 1.5-2hp motor, but those are fairly cheap used.

My Jet 6” jointer works a charm, but it’s too damn narrow!

I’m figuring $300 total on the project.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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