|Review by Troy||posted 01-08-2010 05:17 AM||7323 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I got this planer a few months ago mainly cause I really needed to upgrade from a bench top model I had (Dewalt). My shop has a 100 amp service subpanel and I left room for it at the first drop for my DC.
It came in a decent crate, which had minor damage, but prevented any issues on the machine. The control panel outer cover had a ding for some reason, but it gave it character, so I don’t mind.
There was a ton of packing grease on every single moving part. While reassuring that the parts were in great condition, it was an effort to remove all the grease, and you cannot use this thing before it’s clean. It was pretty manageable with the top cover removed and the table fully lowered.
It took 2 deliberate efforts to get the in-and-out feed tables just right, but once dialed in provided excellent support and zero snipe. It’s kind of a guessing/anticipation game when adjusting the allen bolts before locking in the table attachment bolts though. Not hard to figure out at all luckily.
The helical head——AWESOME. I love that thing. So quiet, so smooth. I doubt in the next 5 years at least, that I will need to replace one single chipper.
Chip collection (not really dust) is good. I would give it 85% when hogging and 95%+ when taking very light passes.
The vertical control is super smooth, and at times, almost seems loose. No issues yet though.
I just ran some figured maple through it with light passes and the results were very good. Couldn’t expect any planer to do better probably.
The roller pedal works just fine. I wheel it around with no issues at all.
All-in-all, for the price…this thing is a damn good machine.
-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com