I am looking at purchasing a Jet planer/molder today. I like the
thought of a closed base to keep the wood chips out, but wondered
about maneauverability and storage.
I can see in reviews or photos.
Can someone tell me if there is an access door in the enclosed base
that would allow storage of plades, etc?
Also, does this or does this not have wheels similar to the open base
There is an access panel held in place with four phillip's head screws.
There isn't really much room inside the base as the motor, switch and switch
wiring take up most of it.
It has wheels mounted inside the base of the cabinet. There is a foot
operated "rocker switch" to lock and unlock the wheels.
I'm very happy with mine. It was a nice upgrade from the Dewalt 733... much
quieter, less of a chore to move around, and less of a problem with long
stock. I used the 733 on top of a workbench and there was always something
in the way with long stock. With the Jet planer/molder I roll it out in the
middle of the floor and length isn't an issue at all. It's quieter due to
the induction motor vs. a universal motor. The surface finish is more than
adequate for a thicknessing machine (i.e., dimensioning machine) and a
smoothing plane gets it ready for finish with ease. With the infeed and
outfeed rollers adjusted properly snipe is minimal and cleans up with the
smoothing plane quickly. I'm not doing "production" work so I leave it set
up for the slow speed feed.
For me the inclusion of the infeed/outfeed rollers and the look of the
closed base pushed me to the closed base over the open. Assembly was trivial
as the base and planner/molder come assembled.
I'd buy it again...
The cabinet does not have a provision for storage. There is an access
panel held on by a few screws to allow you to get to the motor. Not
sure if the wheels are identical to the open stand version, but the
wheels on mine are low profile and there's a brake pedal to lock the
wheels. It's easily maneuverable on a solid surface, a little
top-heavy. I opted for the closed stand for a couple of reasons; I
need to cut down on the noise as much as possible (I woodwork in my
apartment), and I need excellent dust collection. This planer is
quiet compared to my old portable Grizzly with the screaming universal
motor. With it hooked up to the 1.5HP Oneida cyclone, planing is now
a very clean operation.
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