This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: rlevine@kansas.East.Sun.COM (Rick Levine - Sun BOS Software)
Date: 19 Mar 91 01:55:17 GMT
>It is somewhat underpowered. The maximum depth of cut varies with the
>board width, but if you use it for wide boards, it can take a long time
>to clean up rough stock. I surfaced some 10" maple which required four
The number of passes isn't neccessarily an indicator of quality or power.
I'll sometimes take that many on a big planer. Knife sharpening angle,
dryness of the plank, feed speed and obviously how rough a job the mill did
on the plank all contribute to the number of passes you'll suffer through,
as well as your preferences for quality of surface finish.
I haven't worked much with the portable planers, so it might be reasonable
to go with the one that has the most beef, but be aware that there are more
factors than amperage that contribute to how much time you spend feeding the