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Forum topic by lumberjuniorvarsity posted 01-12-2016 05:16 PM 814 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 05:16 PM

So after my last failure in getting an Incra setup for next to nothing (because I was too late), I’m trying to move quickly on this Hitachi F1000A:

From the little research I did it looks like a pretty good machine, and could be a great solution for my space and $ limited shop.

Interested to hear anyone’s thoughts, and I’ll update if I get it. Waiting to hear back from the seller. Praying this one works out!

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 05:37 PM

Those are awesome machines, and built like a tank… but if you do go look at it, check the feed rollers, which is about the only weak point on them. The original rubber coating deteriorates over time and they will need to be recovered or replaced. Replacements are about $200+ a piece, or you can have both recovered for about $200 total.

Those are considered finish planers, so don’t expect to hog off lots of material – but they leave a baby butt smooth finish and when tuned properly, no snipe. Also about the easiest to set knives on the planet, done with just two hardwood blocks – takes about 30 seconds per knife. They also have separate cutter heads for the jointer and planer, so there is no setup time going between functions. You can seamlessly go from running your stock through the jointer, then turn right around and feed it through the planer.

I have two Makitas that are basically identical and love ‘em :)


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#2 posted 01-12-2016 07:00 PM

Thanks for the tips! If this works out, it’ll be my first jointer and planer. All I know to check for in person is what I read online, so I’ll definitely look at those things.

If it’s been sitting unused I’m guessing any rubber coating may be dried out and cracked… We’ll see. Still seems like (at a minimum) a good deal, considering what people are asking for jointers and planers around me. As always, though, gotta see it in person.

Thanks again.

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 03:10 AM

Haven’t received a response after calling, texting, and emailing. Not looking good.

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