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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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Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

11-14-2011 04:15 PM by tenontim | 8 comments »

Decided to upgrade my 15” Grizzly planer to the Byrd shelix head. This head not only has the helical design, but the inserts are set at an angle to cause a shear cut to the wood, which will cut down on tear out and give a smoother cut. The cost of replacing the standard blades was beginning to get my attention, so if these index-able, 4 sided, carbide inserts hold up as advertised, I should be saving some money. I bought this planer head through Grizzly, which is on sale right now f...

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Heavy, Heavy Duty, and a Very Good Performer

Heavy, Heavy Duty, and a Very Good Performer

08-31-2009 10:02 PM by PurpLev | 36 comments »

After getting a Jointer, I realized very quickly that I should have gotten a planer FIRST. I was able to flatten a board, and joint an edge, but that is something that I can do fairly easily with hand planes. thicknessing that board on the other hand is sometimes a bit more challenging to do by hand – especially when you have multiple boards to mill. Price I have limited funds, and so visit craigslist often for tools. I was actually not expecting to find the Dewalt 735 in my budge...

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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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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 | 13 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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If you are a hobby woodworker check this unit out.

If you are a hobby woodworker check this unit out.

05-16-2014 12:14 PM by JAY Made | 10 comments »

This is a great planer, out of the box the unit performed very well very smooth surface and virtually no snipe. I adjusted the in feed and out feed tables now there is no snipe at all. The only slightly annoying thing is the out feed table will not fold up all the way with the dust collection port installed but I can live with that (I’m not even knocking any stars off). I was thinking about getting the Dewalt 735x but I wanted a segmented cutting head, and upgrading the Dewalt later was way o...

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Grizzly G0453Z

Grizzly G0453Z

04-15-2011 03:06 AM by Scott H. | 4 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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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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Accuhead info

Accuhead info

06-30-2011 05:26 AM by Doogle | 3 comments »

Accuhead makes a Model M1304902A to fit the Dewalt DW 735. My neighbor and I put one in his machine and since we had never tried it before it took us a little over an hour. If you take your time it’s really not that difficult but a good memory helps. He loves it and it runs quieter and leaves a great finish in mahagony, maple and oak and he’s able to take heavier cuts without slowing the planer down by putting it under a heavy load it can’t handle. They had some test that ...

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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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