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Solidly performing planer

Solidly performing planer

12-21-2015 01:53 PM by BehindTheCurve | 11 comments »

......I’m too lazy to get up and take a picture just for this so I found one in which the described planer is in the background…...... After reading the reviews for the Steel City Planer I thought I’d ad my two cents, as this is a piece of equipment I’ve never once regretted buying.I’ve had the planer 2 years, have used it extensively on many different kinds of woods, and it performs very reliably. Bought it for the supposed decreased sound output as compared ...

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Shelix Replacement Head Too Small in Diameter

Shelix Replacement Head Too Small in Diameter

12-12-2015 07:54 PM by greatview | 13 comments »

I replaced the stock head in my DW735 with a new Shelix spiral head. It seem as if the Shelix diameter is slightly less that that of the stock head. I had to remove the blades in order to pull the old head out as they were a larger diameter than that of bearing and I couldn’t remove it intact. The Shelix head goes through the bearing seat thus is smaller that the diameter of the stock head. Clearly the entry side is closer than before. In other words, I have to crank down the u...

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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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20: single surface planer

20: single surface planer

07-10-2015 02:43 AM by Steve | 2 comments »

Gave this planer a good workout today. Between the jointer yesterday and the planer today ended up with 6 55 Gal. drums of shavings. The planer performed great no problems at all. The helical head a lot quieter than knives. Reduced the 6” dust port to 4” and everything got sucked right out, another great tool!

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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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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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A worthwhile upgrade

A worthwhile upgrade

03-05-2015 04:00 PM by Jarrhead | 10 comments »

There are quite a few blogs and equipment reviews that touch on this topic, but I wanted to add my own firsthand experience. I bought a Byrd SHELIX cutterhead for my Jet 6 inch jointer about a year ago. It was definitely an improvement over the old cutterhead. There were several reasons that prompted me to make the swap. First was the decidedly difficult nature of setting the knives on a standard cutterhead. I’ve read lots of articles and blogs that made it sound really simple, and those...

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Did my one-time job and thankfully replacement parts are available to keep it ticking afterwards

Did my one-time job and thankfully replacement parts are available to keep it ticking afterwards

12-13-2014 01:47 AM by paxorion | 12 comments »

I bought this electric planer with a 25% coupon off over a year ago to serve as a one-time beater tool for the wing chun dummy my buddy and I made. I decided on this plane over the other models, like the 91062 power planer that was recently reviewed, based on overall better reviews on the HF website, and a personal impression of better feeling on the controls when I was playing with it in-store, and the ability to easily connect a 1-1/4” shop-vac hose. The planer was used for very ro...

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Harborfreight power planer 91062

Harborfreight power planer 91062

12-12-2014 07:17 PM by Farrout | 8 comments »

I suppose as an actual review, I would say that for the price, it fit my needs. Also, I used a 25% discount coupon to get it. So, really good at the price I paid. Video of the product.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igWpQ9eHs88

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WIXEY WR510 Planer Digital Readout

WIXEY WR510 Planer Digital Readout

11-13-2014 06:11 PM by eddie | 13 comments »

got this several months ago and put it on my planer really haven’t planed enough to a thickness to use this mostly have been just to get a smooth surface but here of late i have had to do a lot of cherry thur the planer to a 3/4 thickness and this little digital read out sure made it a lot easier to read and stayed accurate thru all the boards planed to thickness .my old eyes ain’t what they use to be and it saved me a lot of bending down to read the gauge that came on the pl...

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