This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: grut@hpihoah.HP.COM (Bob Aglietti)
Date: 19 Feb 88 15:27:05 GMT
I've got to put in my two cents for the INCA 550 or whatever the current
model is. It's a little out of your $1500 price range, but it does have
the advantage that you can use the full width of the planer. It's always
amazed me that folks will sell rigs that have a 10" or 12" planer with no
way to get the first side of the plank flat. Anyhow, I've been real
happy with the 550. The quality is really good; good solid castings, clean
finish. The knives are sort of a bear to change (~30 minutes) but I
don't need to sharpen them all that often so it's no bother. Sharpening the
knives is a challenge, though. I ended up buying one of the Makita
motorized stones (the kind that has a rotating horizontal water stone). Its
got a jig for holding jointer knives that is pretty good and seems to do the
job. It's a pretty quiet machine too, if that's important to you, and the
size is certainly right.