Will I get more dimensional consistency with an industrial planer?

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Forum topic by Loren posted 07-23-2013 01:45 AM 637 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2013 01:45 AM

I’m considering a Japan-made planer with a heavy, cast iron
bed about 3” thick.

I’ve never used a real industrial planer with the thick beds
and I’d like to know if it contributes to more dimensional
consistency… you know, in terms of like less ripples
to sand or scrape out.

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 02:40 AM

Loren,why do I get a feeling you are itching to upgrade?lol.
I would say go for it ,the only drawback is ,when your projects don’t look right you can’t blame it on the planer.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 02:45 AM

If you get one, let me know what you get. I have been thinking about the same thing.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 02:51 AM

How long is the bed? Will you see less ripples/snipe? Less tear out? I bought a drum sander to reduce tear out on wild grain, but then I’m just a commoner making a box or so, and not a production kind of guy, like you are.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 02:58 AM

Not sure if it will contribute to a better final surface. An industrial machine is built for a production environment.

A good quality planer will perform well, and leave a nice finish if its been properly adjusted and maintained.

Just a hypothetical here…
Say the planer head uses a standard 3 knife cutter head and one of the blades was higher then the other, then you would have a noticeable ripple, more sanding/scraping required. Does not matter if the machine is an industrial production machine.

A planer, even if its properly adjusted will still leave some marks. Sure beats planing to thickness by hand.

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 03:59 AM!!

I don’t know about thicker bed reducing ripples and giving you
consistent dimensions, but I think a more efficient cutter
head will give better results in those areas.

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