Ok, I'm finally in the market for a planer. i know that this has been
hashed around before but what should i be looking for and more specifically
what should I be avoiding! I'm thinking about a portable (Delta ect) but
may go to a floor model. i'm just a rec woodworker but want something that
will last for years. what do you guys think? thanks
I've had a DeWalt portable for YEARS. It works as well as when I bought
it. I've gone through one set of knives. It cuts smoothly with
negligible snipe. (As in not visible) There are a couple of fellas that
have posted on the Wreck that portables are not up to the task, but the
majority of Wreckers have posted positive comments about their portable
planers such as Makita, DeWalt, Rigid, Delta, et al. Some models have
more snipe than others, so read some reviews in mags or search the net,
if you are serious about getting a good one. Some are 2 speed, but I
think that's more of a marketing gimmick than anything.
Dr. Doug Trotter wrote:
On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 12:14:40 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .
I have run a lot of oak as well as some softer stuff thru my Delta
22-850 thirteen inch planer. It's portable if you're a gorilla. I
think it weighs 97 pounds. I put it on a roller cabinet with storage
under it. and roll it out into the middle of the floor when I need it.
Couldn't ask for a better planer for anything I've run through it so
far and I get my rough wood straight from tthe mill.
Have only used the slow speed a few times - made minimal difference.
You sound like me. I wanted something that would last...preferrably
outlast me, or at least my interest in woodworking.
I was patient and eventually found a 15-year-old 3hp 15" delta-clone in
excellent working order. It was a little dirty and needed adjustment.
I paid $400 - which was certianly not a gloatable price...but a fair
one, I think. While I'm sure the lunchbox planers are good machines,
(at least some) I know that this one has 15 years of use and will still
take a good chunk off a 15" oak board without missing a beat. If I
were in the buying position, knowing what I know, now, I would
probably pass on the lunchbox planer. But I buy stuff from HF, too...
I had the chance to borrow a friend's Delta planer, and I recently bought
one of the discounted DeWalt planers from Lowes. The end results were
about the same, but I find the locking mechanism on the DeWalt easier to
use. On the Delta you have to turn a crank, while the DeWalt has a bar
that you just push down to lock and pull up to unlock. The bar doesn't take
much effort to move, and tended to make it easier to unlock, change the
depth, and lock again.
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