|Review by dmoney||posted 01-02-2010 02:42 AM||22388 views||0 times favorited||22 comments|
keep in mind:
I’ve had this for about a week so here are my opinions so far.
This is my first planer.
I bought this one reconditioned.
It was cheap, only $159 at cporyobi.com. free shipping and no sales tax.
It does a good job planing. All I’ve ran thru it is oak and pine. The results are very good, probably because the blades are still new.
It has no infeed/outfeed extension. In the pic you can see I made a crude one for myself using a leaf from an old dining room table. It’s slick on top and works great. I put cleats on the bottom so it wouldn’t move. I also had to shim the infeed part slightly with a couple puzzle pieces to get rid of sniping. There is probably still some snipe that someone more experienced would be able to find but the results so far look good to me.
The dust collection…is terrible. I have a big shop vac that sucks pretty hard but this planer still makes a terrible mess. It’s surprising to me that it planes so good with all those shavings going everywhere. You can see wear on the infeed/outfeed table I made, that is from the dust chips that get trapped underneath the wood I’m planing. I will probably have to clean/wax this area a lot.
Overall, I like it. It’s awesome to have a planer! Sure beats planing by hand. I would recommend this to beginners (like me). I think it’s a good first planer. An experienced woodworker would most likely be disappointed. It lets you get your feet wet without breaking the bank.
I’ll add to this review after I’ve used it more.
-- Derek, Iowa