|Review by Tucker||posted 972 days ago||9957 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This machine was originally problematic. Attempts at repairing it by the company’s repair person were unsuccessful. It was eventually replaced, though it took quite a long time and many visits, emails, calls, etc. to get a new one.
To be fair, the machine is a good one but the communication and replacement procedure was poor.
The replacement machine has performed quite well, with one caveat. The feed rollers sometime bog down and cause the stock to get stuck in the machine. This has caused, on a few occasions, a bottoming out of the cutters resulting in a few pieces being planed with a huge cutout – about 1/2 inch less than the depth of cut setting. This ruined the stock and has happened about 5 times out of hundreds of cuts. Other times the feed rollers simply stop feeding. There’s quite a large screech and the piece requires the operator to push it through to complete the planing cut. This has happened quite a few times more. I’ve tried waxing the planing bed and adjusting the depth of cut but this doesn’t seem to affect this issue.
If I had to choose whether or not to buy this machine again I probably would do so. However, I’d really like to compare with the competitor brands before clearly recommending buying a tool site unseen.
In summary: I don’t expect perfection in tools. I can live with the problems this has exhibited, and I do credit the manufacturer’s customer service in replacing the original unit. Most of the time (upwards of 90 – 95%) this tool performs very well and I consider myself lucky to have such a powerful milling machine. If you were to visit my shop I’m confident you’d want one of your own.