|Review by AaronK||posted 07-16-2010 03:44 AM||13345 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Bought it used off craigslist for $40. I spent about 4 hours on it getting it to what is its most usable form without major modification. I work slow, but figure you’ll probably have to spend at least half that time if you have the same problems I did…. and the other two reviewers here on LJ did too. Here’s what needed to be done:
1. shim infeed table to be coplanar with outfeed. Fortunately the tables are not warped, as far as I can tell.
2. adjust the blades to be level and the right height.
3. Bolt to the existing warped fence a double-thickness shop-made MDF fence.
The new fence is extended to a few inches longer than the beds. Unfortunately, and the reason for giving this only 3 stars is that the fence is a major pain to adjust into square with the tables and it’s wobbly, so it needs constant rechecking. This is a major aspect of power jointers and is the weakest aspect of this unit. unfortunately there’s no way to secure a new fence without considerably more and intrusive modifications.
On the plus side, knives were easy enough to adjust, and it has plenty of power to face joint 6” f cherry and maple I’ve thrown at it. adjustable speed might be useful. oh, also I dont have too much slop in the infeed table as was mentioned on the other reviews, so at least that’s good.
If you can pick this up cheap and are willing to spend some time setting it up, it will work passably for smaller scale work… since i’m cheap and figure that setup teaches me about the machinery and can only do smaller work at the moment, I don’t mind so much. So to sum up, it WORKS but it needs constant adult supervision.