|Review by Ian_S||posted 02-13-2011 08:14 PM||4686 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I recently purchased ($1390.00) this planer from my local woodworking store Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck New York. The planer was on display in the store, so all I had to do set up wise was bolt on the cast iron bed extensions, connect the dust collection hood and install a plug. Set up time under two hours. The adjustment screws on the bed extensions were easy to use when leveling the beds, though the screws on each end had limited room for turning the allen key.
This planer appears to be very similar to the Shop Fox and Grizzly model planers, both of which are less expensive by about $100-$200 when you add freight. I chose the General because there is something about seeing and touching the tool before you purchase it. And you can’t beat the feeling of driving to your shop with a new machine on the back of the truck!
In use the planer is quieter than I expected it to be, the two feed speed work well, 16 & 20 fpm. I will admit I don’t know what I will use the 16 fpm speed for yet. The crank operation on the bed is very smooth and cranks quickly with little effort. The base has wheels so no need for a mobile base but it is difficult to move at over 500 pounds.
Only downside is that the machines snipes more than I feel a machine of this price should. Not more than 1/16th deep but almost 3 inches up the board. When I have more time I will attempt some adjustment to cure this and will report back any findings.
All said I’m happy with the purchase and look forward to years of use from this machine.
For more specs from General www.general.ca/sitegeneral/gproduits/planer/30-125.html
-- Ian, NY