|Review by Shopsmithtom||posted 04-09-2008 10:42 PM||8607 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Well, for anyone who expects an in-depth review that has it’s foundation in a thorough understanding of wood planers, you’re going to be disappointed.
This is my first planer and I’ve only actually been near an operating one once before, so all you’re going to get is a novice’s impression of a machine that’s probably meant for a novice. Maybe that makes me the perfect guy for the job, after all.
This model sells locally for $239.00 and (of course) lists much higher. I did a brief blog about this a couple of days ago and mentioned that the reason I couldn’t resist getting this was the price ($186 with free shipping from Amazon.com)...that and my experience watching one in use with Lumberjock “Woodgizmo” who was kind enough to plane some stuff for me for a recent project. I think his was also a Delta. I really wasn’t planning on getting one just now, but you know how it goes when you find a price that’s too good to pass up…you make up a reason to give your spouse that makes it seem almost un-patriotic not to buy it.
So I did it.
It’s definitely user friendly in that you can have it up & running in about 5 minutes. All I had to do was install the elevation crank, the cutterhead cover, and level the in/outfeed table extensions. Like I said, all done in 5 minutes.
Since space is an issue for me, I just clamped it to my B & D workmate with a couple of C-clamps. Moving it around is only mildly inconvenient and probably wouldn’t even be that if I was 20 years younger. The carrying handle is padded which is good foe carrying, but not for it’s other use as a stock transfer bar…oh, well, you can’t have everything. (oh, wait, yes you can…I have a Shopsmith…sorry, just couldn’t resist)
In use, I adjusted the crank 1/2 turn per each pass and the planing went great. I’ve shown a piece of pallet wood and how another looks after planing. Looks like mahogany. I thought it was prudent to remove all the nails before planing it, although if I hadn’t I could probably have included the blade changing procedure in this review.
In use, everything went as I’d expected. The up/down adjustment works well and the thickness scale was dead-on. Each 1 full turn supposedly gives 5/64” adjustment. That, also, seemed accurate. As to snipe, there appears to be a little, but it doesn’t seem excessive, and since this was my first try with the machine, It might just be my inexperience.
I give this 5 stars, not because it’s the best around, or because it has a ton of features, but rather, I believe it does it’s intended job as a portable low cost planer very well, and it has a 2 year warranty as well. -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you