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117 Re: Opinions on Thickness Planers

From: stanj@hpnmdla.sr.hp.com (Stan Jaffe)
Date: 27 Nov 91 17:16:58 GMT

I just fired up my Delta portable 12" planer a couple days ago for the first
time. My experience so far has been one board...BUT I can tell you:

* Assembly was absolutely minimal (screw on a handle and chip deflector)
* Blades were already aligned (I checked with the included gauge)
* Unit looks well made, sturdy, solid, etc.
* The rough sawn piece I ran through it (spruce) came out "baby bottom
smooth" as our old high school shop teacher used to say ;^)

I would have no hesitation in recommending this unit. I plan to build a
long table for this planer, similar to the one that appeared in Fine
Woodworking some time back. This table adds about two feet of infeed and
outfeed support. I feel this would be a very worthwhile addition. Note
that this type of table only works with units that have a moving head
rather than a moving table.




 

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