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Forum topic by woodslabs posted 05-06-2017 04:44 AM 1147 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodslabs

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05-06-2017 04:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: can tek chen sheng planer

Hi All,

I’m interested in purchasing a larger planer. I found this company from Taiwan http://www.chen-sheng.com/all.htm

Has anyone bought anything from them before? It looks like they manufacture the planers Can Tek Sells http://www.cantekamerica.com/machinery/planers-71/planers-single-surfacers.html

Has anyone bough anything from chen sheng machinery before?

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#1 posted 05-12-2017 10:27 PM

anyone have any experience with newer Taiwanese planers?

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bigJohninvegas

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#2 posted 05-13-2017 12:35 AM

I have not heard of either company. Looks like serious industrial equipment for a pro shop. Just how big are you looking for?
I recently got to use a Woodmaster 725. 25” planer. I was very impressed, and it is very easy to convert to a drum sander. I used both the planer and sanding feature. I had seen this company advertised, but never gave it a thought. A bit high end for me and my home shop. I would someday like to have a larger planer, and now that I have discovered this planer. It may be in the way for me to go. The planer I got to use was in a pro shop. space is always at a premium, and it works well for him.
http://www.woodmastertools.com/725

Quick edit. I have recently read that the taiwan made tools are better than mainland china.

-- John

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#3 posted 05-13-2017 12:53 AM

Looks like some pro shop equipment. Too big for my space. As for Taiwanese made machinery and tools, when I am looking to purchase an import, I prefer Taiwanese made over mainland China. The fit and finish is better.

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#4 posted 05-13-2017 12:59 PM

I wish i could go bigger but i only have single phase in my shop so the phase inducer will eat up a lot of amps. From what i can tell these are well made. We shall see

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#5 posted 05-13-2017 08:58 PM

What size planer are you looking for? What I saw on the web sites you posted was a 20” minimum. I did not see prices for any of them either. What i saw was all industrial size machines.

-- John

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 01:44 AM

Im looking at the 30 inch

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 04:06 PM

What do you need a 30” planer for? Do you have a 30” jointer? Why a planer over a widebelt sander for that size? The way I see it, planers are for processing solid stock, and maybe glued-up blanks. So what are you putting through this that is 30” wide? If you have a live edge slab, you first have to flatten one side to get it true, then it could run through the planer. In that case, you most likely have a CNC or router sled setup. Why not then just flatten both sides that way and use a widebelt instead to finish sand? I guess if you make butcherblock countertops, you could be running 25” wide long glueups through the planer. That is a use that sems to be worth it, especially with a spiral cutterhead.

On that note, PLEASE do get a spiral cutterhead and you will waste so much time trying to set 30” knives. Any extra expense if worth it both in time and cut quality.

-- Matt Rogers, http://www.cleanairwoodworks.com and http://www.cleanairyurts.com

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#8 posted 05-16-2017 12:18 AM

Hi Matt,

You can use a jig to flatten live edge slabs on a planer. Its fairly easy to shim a twist. CNC takes up too much room in my shop. Drum sanders take too long to flatten slabs. Yes i plan o get the spiral cutter for sure.

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