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Forum topic by john74 posted 09-06-2010 02:49 AM 876 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 02:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer helical cutting heads planing figured wood shelix

I have been given a Makita 15” planer. It is in OK shape except that it needs two rollers covered.

What I really need is a planer with helical cutting heads because I do a lot with figured woods. It will cost $950 to fix the rollers and convert this thing to helical cutting heads based on the estimates I have received.

The question is “is it worth it?” This planer is very solid and very heavy but is it a good long term investment?

Your thoughts?


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#1 posted 09-06-2010 03:48 AM


I’ve been using mine since 1980 and it’s likely the best tool purchase I ever made. I did reduce the feed speed and have replaced the rollers once. I bought new rollers from Makita because I didn’t know other companies would recover the rollers for less than a quarter of the price. Before you decide you need a helical head, why don’t you get the planer running? I don’t know about the later ones but the early ones available in the US were set up for soft woods and hard woods required a feed speed reduction kit for optimum performance. I’ve yet to see a planer that gives a better finish and I’ve used a lot of different models.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 11:58 PM

Thanks for the background. I will probably get the rollers covered and sharpen the blades before I do anything else. I can feed it some figured cherry and see what happens.


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