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Posted on 15" Planers-Ugh!

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 05:03 PM

15” planers coming out of China (Powermatic, Jet, Grizzly, General, etc) have tons of issues, some not fixable at all.” Did he give you any real examples of the un-fixable issues ?

One example that stood out for me was 3 powermatics he went on service calls for. I’m not admittedly familiar with the construction of these, but the areas surrounding the cutterhead were mis-cast when in production. He had other examples as well (motor issues, etc.), but the problems started all at the same time and the consistent factor is country of origin.

He recommended going with an older used model. I’m not sure why I should cast suspicion on him as he could have easily sold me a brand-new Chinese-made planer. I think he was being brutally honest with me at the expense of a sale. I think he doesn’t want to come out for a service call when there is an issue. Obviously, it’s happened enough recently for him that he doesn’t want to waste his time. This leads me to wonder about the future of cast-iron stationary machines and being able to get them at the hobbyist level. The industrial machines will be around for awhile I think. Lucky for him, the Festool stuff is selling like crazy and he can’t keep enough in stock.

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