|Review by DAC||posted 12-11-2012 09:10 AM||6125 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I was using this tool and had great results. Then came the cold weather and the table warped. I use it for edge planing for glue ups. I first make sure I have a straight edge then plane it for smoothness. In the warm weather it was just fine. Plane the edges and lay the boards flat and if you line up the grains just right it could be almost impossible to tell where the glue line is. Now I get a bow. Ehe ends are fine but gradually bows toward the center of the board. After resawing the boards to make sure they were straight I enede up with the same results. I then took a straight edge of known accuracy and sure enough the tables are now off. shimming will not work as the warp is not consistant. different angels in different areas of the table.
I used a freinds jointer planer that has a cast iron table and weighs a ton or two. perfect planes. I bought this in June of 2012 and it is now December 2012. I am bring it back to Lowes to get my money back. I just bought a Jet. It is what my freind has and it works with no problems. I really did not want to spend that kind of money but it is a case of wasting alot of expensive exotic woods or spending it once on a good tool.
I cant hand plane worth a cr@pp so I really need the accuracy and ease of a machine. Plus the arthiritis limits my time spent on a hand plane.
I am posting this so you will know what you may be getting into and not have to go through the agoney I did.
Just think of it as my small bit to help others gain knowledge in the wood working community. Sometimes there is a reason the price is low. In most cases you get what you pay for and there is no such thing as a free lunch.
I hope this posting has helped some one.
-- Wood is a zen like experiance.