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Ultimate Grad Present

Ultimate Grad Present

01-01-2012 03:42 AM by zindel | 8 comments »

Okay so my parents are quite wonderful let me just say that. I just graduated college with a degree in MIS and they bought me this planer as a graduation present! Anyways onto the review. So as a back story to backup my review i have a few friends who have the Dewalt 735 and another who has an older Delta couldn’t tell you the model. I have seen the results of these planers and they were all okay, the Delta gave a lot of snip but that is no surprise as it is older. The dewalt does pr...

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Grizzly T10128 15-in. Spiral Cutterhead on ShopFox 1723 Planer

Grizzly T10128 15-in. Spiral Cutterhead on ShopFox 1723 Planer

05-18-2013 04:06 PM by wbrisett | 5 comments »

It was time to purchase new blades for ShopFox 1723 15-in. planer. I started thinking about the price of sharping the blades and the price of a spare set of blades and then wanted to see what sort of price I could get on a spiral cutterhead. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve wanted one for a while now. I loved the idea that you didn’t have to replace the entire blade, only the cutters that needed it, and you didn’t have to do that until you had turned each three times, ...

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Grizzly G0453Z

Grizzly G0453Z

04-15-2011 03:06 AM by Scott H. | 5 comments »

I purchased the Grizzly G0453 15” planer with the spiral head cutter. It works like a dream! There is some snipe on the front of the board “at times” which is to be expected. I just make sure that the board is a little longer than what I need for the finished board. The snipe isn’t that deep. Most of the time it takes only a little sanding and it disappears. It was packed very well for shipping. It was actually in a wood crate. After I unpacked it, I used one roll of paper towels and sever...

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Planer has been a horse - till I went to rotate the carbide cutters.

Planer has been a horse - till I went to rotate the carbide cutters.

09-18-2013 03:17 PM by Tennessee | 14 comments »

UPDATE: When I bought this planer 18 months ago, for some reason I also bought a pack of ten cutters. When I received the planer, I found a very small black piece of cardboard with a little blister pack stapled to it, with a couple of extra cutters. Completely forgot about it and put it with the odd wrenches we all have to collect. In this case, in a clear container with my router table wrenches, planer wrenches, and jointer wrenches, since the tools all sit pretty close to each other in my...

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Drill Master Electric Planer

Drill Master Electric Planer

06-17-2012 05:48 PM by Remedyman | 2 comments »

My wonderful woman bought me this planer for a Father’s day gift, but couldn’t wait and had to give it to me yesterday. It was the cheaper of the two but it seemed quite ok. I ran a short piece of douglas fir under it for a few passes. It planned the wood very nicely. It was glass smooth. And I put it down to spend some time with the family. Later in the day I ran a piece of older (partially rotten) douglas fir past the knifes just to take a little off. Then I picked up...

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a lot of oil

a lot of oil

06-11-2012 09:12 PM by rookiewooder | 3 comments »

I love my Steel City helical head planer. After reading many reviews on every portable planer, I went with Steel City. Reading some of the reviews on it, just about everyone said that it is was over protected with grease/oil.I took off all my blades and soaked in mineral spirits overnight and then used a toothbrush to clean the cylinder itself. Even after soaking, cleaning I still get some oil residue 6 months later, but slowly going away. Just be patient and clean as best you can after a...

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A real workhorse

A real workhorse

06-17-2015 02:54 PM by mramseyISU | 17 comments »

I’ve had this planer for almost 2 years now so I’ve had plenty of time to make up my mind I think. I got it as a package with the add-on tables and an extra set of blades. Out of the box all I needed to do was get the tables attached and it was ready to go. One thing to know going into this you need something to direct the chips off of it. The chip blower REALLY works and wood chips will be flying all over. I made the mistake of using it without anything and it looked like a torna...

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Phoenix Rebourn

Phoenix Rebourn

03-03-2016 01:21 PM by RostyVyg | 23 comments »

When I was looking for a thickness planer I found out that excluding a few companies (like Dewalt and Makita) most other tool manufacturers have their thickness planers built for them by one and the same Far East factory ( Shinmax: http://www.shinmax-qd.com/en/ ) that has been in planer building business seemingly forever. I have nothing against Chinese, or Taiwanese, or Korean goods if they are properly designed and executed and the fact that a manufacturer acquired good experience over yea...

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Works good for my needs

Works good for my needs

10-17-2015 11:59 PM by Willowlane | 9 comments »

Decided to purchase a bench top planer to use in my limited space garage (car, boat, mower, snow blower, kids bikes). My only experience with planers has been with grizzly and powermatic 220v units. I researched which bench top unit to buy for a few weeks. My factors were cost and availability. I make a lot of small projects and typically work with rough cut lumber in 2-4’ lengths. The planer was easy to setup out of the box. Tables are small but have adjusters to help with ...

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Powermatic 209HH

Powermatic 209HH

01-02-2012 04:45 PM by ToddTurner | 16 comments »

There is nothing negative to say about this machine in the way of performance. I am lucky (see my posts about the best thing i have-wife) to have a wife who supports my hobby for the sake of my sanity! The machine is absolutely perfect and the helical head reduces the noise to about 1/3 of the Ridgid lunchbox I had-the R4330 3 blade, which was great as a starter. You dont, but should, even need hearing protection when running it. I can even still hear the radio when its planing.Most important...

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