Got mine from http://www.wilkemachinery.com/ . They make the bridgewood
line. FWW typically gives them rave reviews. Paid less than a $1000.00 more
than a year ago. Works great.
Concordantly that make their own Yorkcraft line. For the same amount of
money you can get a 20" model.
Good luck, Jack
I haven't used that specific machine but looking at the specs I say buy
1. A spiral is way better than the not spiral and a true spiral is way
better than the "spiral like" carbide things with all the little blades
like everybody is offering.
2. 3hp on a 15" planer is ballsy.
The only downside is the bed rollers are not easily adjusted. That is
the case with pretty much all mid range machines so no difference
On higher end machines you have micro adjust of the beds from the front
of the machine. Real nice. It's less of a concern if you setup for one
type of stock, either rough or faced. With faced you can minimize snipe
by setting bed rollers low but rough stock won't feed. If the beds are
up enough to run rough stock, then snipe is maximized.
I purchased a Sunhill 15" planner and added the HELIX cutter head.
This is the replaceable tooling type not the bendable knives. Curly
maple through the planer with NO blowout.
3hp, 220v, 1phase
Installation $150 (They change the gearbox)
It was worth every penny!
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