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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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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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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 | 12 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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thickness planer

thickness planer

04-27-2010 05:17 AM by UncleSnail | 5 comments »

Hi All, ‘Picked up this 734 dewalt last week at Lowes. They had just dropped the price down to $399. I know you can get it for less at other stores on line but the shippng is outrageous so…. I have used other people’s planers….and this 734 is the best yet. It is a three knife system and gives a very smooth surface but the best feature is it’s 4 post hold down on the blades. The knife also has a a lock.. I plane short boards due to the size of my shop….w...

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Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

06-14-2011 05:02 AM by Boneski | 2 comments »

About a year ago, I decided to purchase a Woodfast 12” 3 HP 240V combination jointer / thickness planer. Most other gear available in Australia in this price range was only 10” capacity and didn’t seem to be put together very well. Woodfast is an Australian company that have been around for a long, long time. I grew up using their equipment at school and they are still major suppliers to the education department. Sadly, as is the case with a lot of companies these days, Woodfast as a company ...

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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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G0453Z Review

G0453Z Review

03-04-2011 01:12 AM by TJU | 6 comments »

It has taken me a few weeks but I have finally got my new planer and jointer all adjusted and running. I ran about 30 bf a cherry through them for a project I am working on. This is the first Grizzly purchase that I have made and I will definitely look at Grizzly when I go to upgrade my 9” crapsman band saw that I got for $35 on Craig’s list.The fit and finish we about what I expected. I took about 5 minutes to file the sharp edges and scrape a few drops of paint off the jointer fenc...

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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

09-17-2010 05:21 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks. Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completel...

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