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05-05-2015 02:28 PM

With only a 4 3/4” cut per pass it doesn’t seem that useful compared to the expense and effort making it stiff and accurate. Seems really well built, but you could get a 15”+ 3 hp 4 post for about the same price used. The only advantage I see is in being able to hand feed a planer sled continuously from the side?

Video of it running.

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#1 posted 05-05-2015 02:38 PM

Sears marketed one that wasn’t nearly as robust back in the late 70’s early 80’s. I saw one at a Sears close out store in eastern Kansas where we were living at the time.

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 10:26 AM

Williams and Hussey and Woodstock make an open sided planer as well.

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 01:04 PM

My grandpa has a 6” craftsman like that. Mid 50’s model from what I remember.

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#4 posted 05-06-2015 01:32 PM

I have a Craftsman 6” sitting in my basement. It uses the same cutting head as the 6” jointer. It has no feed rollers. Instead it has pawl to prevent the board from kicking back. There are no teeth on the pawl but I can’t imagine it not leaving marks in the wood.


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#5 posted 05-06-2015 01:37 PM

Sears marketed one that wasn t nearly as robust back in the late 70 s early 80 s. I saw one at a Sears close out store in eastern Kansas where we were living at the time.

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that was the “Alien planer” lol,here’s a picture of it:

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 03:09 AM

That sears one actually looks pretty cool. Anyone know what the marketing hook was for it? Other than being able to make a massive rabbet in a board and being somewhat compact, I just don’t get it, I’m just probably missing the usefulness.

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#7 posted 05-07-2015 03:49 AM

Perfect for small parts such as model building, guitar or violin building, doll-houses, etc.

There are woodworkers who specialize in things like instrument building, boxes, etc. Like my grandfather, he built clocks and his workshop was fairly small.

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#8 posted 05-07-2015 11:52 AM

Use molding cutters in it and since it has an open side you can make round or oval picture or mirror frames and arch top door/window molding. That is why the cutter is not that wide it’s mostly a molding machine for curved work.

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#9 posted 05-07-2015 12:03 PM

Wish I were closer,I’d have it in a heart beat! Problem is from Ms. to Chicago, is fuel cost. Down here any tool you see on any selling outlet,the owner wants as much as new.

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#10 posted 05-08-2015 03:57 AM

I had the Sears version at one time. It was well used when I got it. Quickly tired of having to shove and pull material through it, as it lacked feed rollers.

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