A couple of months ago my good old Skil electric planer died right in the
middle of a job, so I had to go buy a new one immediately.
Nearest was B&Q so I bought the McAllister one for £49. Seemed OK at first
but performance is utter crap. It's going back.
Anyone tried one of these Bosch Woodrazor Planers? Sounds good, but are
On 2006-11-22 21:54:28 +0000, "The Medway Handyman"
Yes, I have - the 40-82C. Quite a nice product and the feel and
control weren't bad.
However, I also tried the Festool EHL65 which is only about £20 more
and felt very much better balanced and did give a better finish. It
is only a 65 vs 82mm planer though, so depends on the application.
To be honest, I don't have a quality electric planer because I have no
real need for one. I have a very old B&D one which has been sitting
in a corner of the garage attic for years and seldom sees the light of
day. When it breaks, I probably won't replace it.
Either I use my combination machine if I want to produce material to
specific sizes and with planed finish, or one of a number of hand
planes for something like a door or similar joinery that are not easy
to move. I can get far better control with a hand plane, but can see
the process is slower than an electric one.
Certainly I can see the point for what you are doing - it could be a
time saver. OTOH, I believe that both this Bosch as well as Festool's
blades are proprietary. In that sense, something like the Makita or
DeWalt which use standard blades I believe, might be less costly to
keep on the road. I would expect you would ding a fair few blades
because you are not typically working in a controlled environment where
many planer grippages can be avoided.
Not got personal experience of a Bosch planer, but generally you can't go
wrong with Bosch, be it the green "DIY" or the blue "Professional". I've got
a green 24V cordless drill, a blue jigsaw and a blue power drill, all
The Woodrazor refers to the blade I think, which may or may not be a
gimmick, but at least you know the rest of it will be well built and will
Ok - had time to play with it.
Core machine - excellent, really excellent. Smaller and lighter than I
expected in the hand - don't be tempted to a lighter machine unless
you're certain you only need to do very light planing. Depth adjustment
fantastic, couldn't feel or be better to use. Chip ejection excellent.
3 chamfering grooves (different sizes) on the base work really well.
Feels like a tool that will work well with left-handers (I'm
right-handed, but the tool is symmetrical)
Fence and rebating stop, cheap bits of pressed metal. They lock up
reasonably solidly, but clearly Bosch intends them to be little used
Crate. Far too big. I don't know if this is some attempt by
manufacturers to big-up their tools, but I would much prefer a compact
crate (and one with a few built in little pockets for the accessory
bits). But perfectly servicable otherwise.
Other things. Very nice little draw in the tool body for spare blade
(supplied) and allen key. Blade replacement looks to be simplicity
itself, slacken 2 bolts, remove/replace blade, use flat bit of metal to
get blade end level with drum end, tighten bolts. Long and good quality
mains lead. Neat little pop-down fit to save the blade if you put the
tool down before the drum has stopped spinning.
I paid £135 (incl delivery) on ebay.
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