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Forum topic by Ian57 posted 03-06-2018 02:02 AM 374 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ian57

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03-06-2018 02:02 AM

Since I decided not to go for a new table saw I now have a little spare cash burning a hole. so I have started looking at Thickness planers. I Cam across this on at Home Depot https://www.homedepot.com/s/Wen%2520three%2520blade%2520thickeness%2520planer?NCNI-5
What are your thoughts on this?
Full disclosure I have posted a similar question in other wood working forums.


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#1 posted 03-06-2018 02:11 AM

I’ve seen reports that WEN offers good value
for the money. It’s a basic benchtop planer
with no cutter head lock. It will snipe, but they
all do to greater or lesser degrees.

It depends on what sort of work you want to
do but all in all I think benchtop planers are
an amazing value in terms of the hand work
they save.

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 04:47 AM

I have a Wen spindle sander and have no complaints, but it is the only spindle sander I’ve owned. The brand gets overall positive comments in the hot deals threads and people are usually excited when their stuff goes on sale. That said, I don’t know anything about the planer.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Rich

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 05:00 AM

Like Woodknack, I have the WEN spindle sander and their slow speed grinder. Both were good values and suit my needs. I have no idea about the planer, but I suspect it’ll be a decent performer.

You can sand off snipe, or go long on the boards and cut it off. Worst case, the head isn’t parallel to the base.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 03:52 PM

I have several WEN products, as a hobbyist they have performed well for me. Plan on buying the 12 inch benchtop drill press next as my back up to my JET 17 inch floor model.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 04:02 PM

I am dubious of ANYTHING from Home Cheapo BUT I have bought some WEN machines and love them and they are half the price of the next runner up!

I have been reading great stuff about WEN

-- No one likes the truth...

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#6 posted 03-06-2018 06:34 PM

I had a WEN soldering when I was in high school, in the sixties, but did see any other WEN products at that time.
Just last year I purchased some 4” WEN anti-static dust collection hose and for about 1/3 the price of Rocklers similar product from Home Depot.
Works like a champ

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 03-06-2018 06:51 PM

I have some Wen tools, an old electric hand plane and a “Skil” saw. I recently bought the oscillating spindle sander and it works as it should. So far I have not had any problems with any of the Wen tools. Judging by the positive reviews of other Wen tools, if I were in the market for a “lunchbox” planer, Wen would certainly be on my list. For the price, I really don’t expect too much, but I believe they are the best of the clones.

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#8 posted 03-06-2018 06:56 PM

This planer has been mentioned a cutech 40700H-CT. It sells for around $325 with a spiral cutter. Any body here have one?

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BoardButcherer

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 07:13 PM



This planer has been mentioned a cutech 40700H-CT. It sells for around $325 with a spiral cutter. Any body here have one?

- Ian57

I have their jointer. Their spiral cutter heads are fine for soft woods but you’ll want a bigger machine overall for hardwoods. They just don’t have enough teeth and you’ll see a lot of tear-out.

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Ian57

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#10 posted 03-06-2018 07:19 PM

I have their jointer. Their spiral cutter heads are fine for soft woods but you ll want a bigger machine overall for hardwoods. They just don t have enough teeth and you ll see a lot of tear-out.

- BoardButcherer

I just watched video just before you posted this. The guy was planing some ash and the planer really seamed to struggle. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that at the moment the Wen 3 blade M/c will be enough planer for me at the moment.

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