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Oliver 4420 16” 5hp helical Planer

Oliver 4420 16” 5hp helical Planer

03-02-2018 06:43 AM by Trout121180 | 1 comment »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks, I am writing to review the Oliver 4420 16” 5hp thickness planer. This is going to be a two part review. I just received the machine today. So this part of the review will be about my initial impression, setting the machine up, packaging, and Oliver customer service. I will follow up with an update after a few months when I have run several hundred board feet of lumber through the machine. I will start off by saying I did a ton of research before I made this purcha...

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Nice upgrade

Nice upgrade

03-05-2016 04:07 PM by Jarrhead | 8 comments »

I’ve been woodworking for about 15 years now. One of my first machines was a Jet JJ-6CSX jointer. It is your basic entry level floor standing machine. It has served me well over these many years, but I frequently found its capacity lacking. I wanted to upgrade to a 10” or 12” jointer, but was stymied by the fact that my shop is in my basement, and the only access is very limited. So I settled on an 8”. I figured it would do 98% of all the jointing I will ever need. So, 8” it is; but wh...

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New Oliver 4420 16 inch planer with Helical Head

New Oliver 4420 16 inch planer with Helical Head

03-07-2015 07:05 PM by bons | 8 comments »

I just got my new Oliver 4420 16” planer moved into my workshop. My workshop is a work in progress as I look forward to working less (NOT “RETIRING”) and spending time “working wood”. At 670 lbs., it was a challenge to get into my walk out basement workshop. I Rented a 1000 lbs. capacity dolly, recruited 3 really young, really big guys from our church home, fed them a “lumberjack’s ” breakfast and we went to work. I had built a ramp from 3/4 pl...

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review Oliver 4230 jointer

review Oliver 4230 jointer

07-10-2014 02:57 PM by bons | 11 comments »

I posted a couple of pics of my new Oliver 4230 jointer and have started to tune the machine up and learn all its little secrets for best performance. The jointer has a Shelix spiral cutter head. I looked at a lot of 8” jointers and liked the look and weight of the Oliver at the price point listed. I have not run a lot of stock through it but, so far, the machine is extremely quiet, powerful and cuts like a dream. The bed is 75” long and provides ample space for running long board...

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New Oliver 4230 8" Jointer

New Oliver 4230 8" Jointer

05-30-2014 05:00 PM by bons | 8 comments »

Just wanted to post some pictures of new Oliver 4230 jointer I recently set up in basement workshop. I looked at a lot of reviews before pulling tigger on Oliver. Really liked the weight at 655 lbs, long bed and overall look of machine. Took 4 of us to get it around and into to back walk out basement door. My two sons at 6’4 and 6’2 and son in law at 6’5. I helped but but at 63 and 5’9, not so much. Moral support. Removed bed and moved in two stages. The machine comes ...

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The Blue Elephant In The Room

The Blue Elephant In The Room

02-27-2011 09:01 PM by Ian_S | 19 comments »

When I decided to upgrade to a 12 Inch Jointer at the end of 2010 I researched many brands and models. Usual suspects like Powermatic, Delta, Grizzly, General, Shop Fox and even some of the Euro models at the urging of a respected colleague. The Euros were way out of my price range (I refuse to take out a loan to buy a machine as my colleague suggested). While researching the remaining brands I found this video of an Oliver on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMxIY0iGlw . The Oliver Machi...

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