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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 09-02-2010 02:28 AM 8151 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 02:28 AM

Today I purchased the PC Planer at Lowes, and let me start out by saying… this is not for you looking to use DustCollection… Messy…

But Its an excelent planer for the price($219). It lacks a depth guage, as does it a dust collector hookup… but it has shaved my timbers square…. maybe that doesnt sound right…

Its not all that noisy either… I hate the chopsaw noise.. but this is merely a low drone… so I dont feel the need for ear protection on it(dont use it anyway, but if it were that bad I would…)

I would definately give it an 8 out of 10 in cheap planers..

Now just to hope it doesnt rust over night… since someone through out my pasta wax…

Tommorrows chore… finish the boards, then sweep! I should see if anyone has any pigs that need beding…

On the issue of snipe… its not too much… particularly if you catch the board…

$230 including tax, Razor sharp blades, messy, low snipe, lack of thickness guage… about sums it up…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 03:04 AM

Glad you’re enjoying your new planer. I’ve owned 3 different portable planers (Delta 22-560, Delta 22-580, Ridgid 4330), and all 3 have been the loudest tool in my shop…I definitely wear hearing protection, and recommend that you do to. About the time the planer doesn’t sound loud anymore, it could be too late.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 03:45 AM

Take it from someone who has to wear hearing aids. Get some hearing protection! Once damaged, your hearing will never return.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 08:30 PM

Not trying to be the nieve young person… but I am serious.. its not loud at all… less than a table saw… less than a belt sander..(Much less)...

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 03:06 PM

I use hearing protection with just about all my shop tools.

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 07:22 PM

exposure to sounds in excess of 85 dB for enough time to plane a few boards would require any shop manager to furnish hearing protection to employees. never seen any planer that is not louder than that before. so my vote goes along with knotscott,lew and knothead, .... use hearing protection.

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 09:26 PM

Sorry I know they are typos but waxing your pasta and bedding pigs….just what do you get up to for fun in your parts LOL! I gotta go get a life now :-)

I also would vote for hearing protection…I worked on heavy equipment for years (when I was young and invincible) and really regret not having worn hearing protection (they weren’t macho enough), now my wife and kids also regret that I didn’t wear hearing protection either.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 10-21-2013 01:35 PM

you gotta love the muffs man?? put em on!

However I think everyone is missing the one clue in this scenario… acoustics. In a brick, hard and loud room, that thing screams, put it in a carpeted living room… still screams!!! ha! but def not quite as much….

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 01:48 PM

If the planer is not loud, there is a chance you have already damaged your hearing.

Speaking as someone who has worn hearing aids for 40 years, thanks to working in a loud factory as a teenager, I strongly suggest you get a hearing examination.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 10-21-2013 06:48 PM

Kudos on the planer! It seems to be serving you well. :-)
I waited 8 years before getting a planer and feel so stupid for waiting…

Seriously though, don’t be stubborn; get a good set of ear muffs and rest easy knowing you can enjoy this wonderful hobby without sacrificing your hearing. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 10-21-2013 06:53 PM

And the OP has waited 4 years for these reponses. LOL

I actually have this same planer. It works well. Its an exact duplicate of the Delta model and the parts are interchangeable. That said, the dust collection chute for the Delta 305 fits/works perfectly.

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 07:40 PM

Well dayummm. I usually check the age of a thread before I respond. Musta been distracted.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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