This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (David Doshay)
Date: 21 Feb 92 22:00:14 GMT
I posted last week the reasons why I bought the Makita, but at that time I
had not used it yet. Now I have and I am happy with the results, with the
same complaint that I wish carbide knives were available.
I first ran several passes of some 3" fairly hard red oak. It comes out so
wonderfully smooth that I did not even sand it before installation. There
does end up being a small dip in the wood at about 2 1/2 " from each end of
the piece at the point that the wood goes from being held by both feed
rollers to only one. I measured the depth to be 0.002" on a straight piece
of wood, but was 0.015" on a somewhat warped piece.
After running the narrow oak, about 8 or 12 passes, I planed an 11" piece
of some unknown hardwood. The surface now has a small bump running length-
wise, apparently where the multiple passes of the oak changed the flatness
of the knives. Indeed I wish there were carbide knives.