In a woodworking shop where the largest piece made is a dresser or desk,
is there any significant advantage to an 18" planer over a 12"?
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I just measured the side panel of the dresser next to me. It is 17" wide.
Since it won't fit through a 12" planer easily, the 18" may have some
advantage. Of course, if you have a 48" wide belt sander, it does not
I don't own a big planer but here is what I understand:
1.Wider capacity (duh)
2. Speed/power, You can take a bigger bite and dimmension stock more
quickly... it's also a tad more quiet.
1. Initial cost
2. Not the same level of finish quality (or so I hear)
3. How do you move that sucker?
The > lunchbox planers are really a production tool. The tradeoff of finish
quality is not really a big deal for a pro cabinet shop as they are likely
to have a big drum sander to finish that off anyway.
18 vs 12 is a convenience, but it's still not going to let you plane a
full-width desktop to I don't see it as anything more than a modest
improvement. It does not eliminate a step in making all but 12-18" panels.
I came to the conclusion that there is no point in *me* as a hobiest, to
move beyong the lunchbox.
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