I was asked that question today and couldn't come up with an intelligent
answer since i don't know how it operates.My friend has the oppurtunity to
buy a new planer which has only one blade in it for $299.00 and asked for an
honest opinion. I told him it had to be junk. I can't see a single bladed
planer lasting very long
Dan Are we Talking Thickness Planer ???
If so how do they get the head to be balanced,
I have never heard of one, even with all the imports.
I would stand back on this untill I knew more about the company and the
dynamics of the unit,
He can get the Ryobi at HD for I think 259.00
Knock Ryobi all anyone wants to but they invented the benchtop planer with
I just ran some 4/4 rough sawn mahogany thru the one that i have been
torturing for at least
12 to 13 years maybe even longer.
This machine is just to dumb to die. <G>
What brand/model is this thing? Seems I recall Makita or someone building
an odd machine some years ago. It had only one blade and, well, it was
basically a big powered PLANE, but not a planer. Remember seeing ads for it
but never found one at a retailer. May have been one of those ideas that
looked real good on the drawing board? Anyone else remember something along
A'yup. It did indeed happen and if memory serves me Hitachi
also had one. They had a fixed blade set at an angle to the
table and would shave off a full thickness of veneer across
the width of the board. You might do a search of some of
the luthier (stringed instrument makers Leon) sites to see
if you can find a picture of one.
If this is indeed what the friend is looking at I'd snatch
it up at $299 and eBay it then take that money and buy a
brand new (insert lunch box planer here) and a brand new
(insert name of cabinet saw here). The left over proceeds
would probably go nicely towards the down payment on a new
There was also a write up in Fine Wooddorking magazine. I
want to say it was late 80's/early 90's.
I got a wild hair and thumbed through some Fine Wooddorkings
and guess what, OK, I didn't find the write up but I did
finds some ads from Issue 38 (Jan./Feb. 1983).
The Makita was the Model LP2501 which had a 9 3/4" width of
cut and 180 feet per minute feed rate.
The Hitachi was the Model F 8-700 which had a 9 27/32" width
of cut, a 1/8" max. cut and the blade shifted from 0 to 60
No prices were given.
I Googled and came up empty.
That was a short write up on a luthiers get together where
the author made mention of seeing the machine in action. He
only called it out as "a Japanese machine". Remember that
this was back in the day when names like Makita and Hitachi
were just coming around and the Ryobi AP10 wasn't even on
the market. Oh, and Jet, you wouldn't wish one of those on
a syphilitic dog.
The article I remember had a picture and went into some
I'm off the case. I figure if it is the questioned planer
then it's up to the guy who brought up to speak up if he
wants more info.
UA100, who did subscribe to Fine Wooddorking with Issue 11
or 12 and cannot believe how time has flown...
OK, I found it, sort of.
In FWW On Woodworking Machines there is an article by Paul Bertorelli
called "Super Surfacers".
Goes into Makita LP 2501 and Hitachi FA-700. Since it was Bertorelli
it was prolly pre-1984 but I don't... (tom gets pissed and goes into
OK Issue 38, January 1983, p94.
(tom wonders why fww can't get their shit together as far as indexes
go since this was listed in neither the print index or the website
index which i think sorta sucks and shows a lack of attention to
detail that is pretty damned sad in a woodworking rag...)
Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet
Actually, Anatole is a good guy. Good questions at press conferences.
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave
it to. " Dorothy Parker
Nope. That appears to be some of the equipment NASA is
sending to Mars for future use, if it survives the
OK, I wanted to be out but being it's Bridger asking...,
The aforementioned machines looked at first blush like any
other planer. The "cutter head" is/was on top. The bed
(below/natch) looked more or less like any other planer.
The head held a flat cutter in a revolving fixture
(flat/parallel to the bed) with the sharp edge towards the
operator. Imagine a giant Stanley No. 3 fixed above a
table. The wood was introduced to the planer just like any
other planer, passed beneath the head and a shaving was
taken off the whole width. The operator could/would stand
there watching the shaving peel away. Imagine toilet paper
coming from the roll.
I think most of these machines were snatched up by luthiers
for obvious reasons.
The initial buzz was something along the lines of a machine
that produced a perfect finish but for conventional use
(someone planing/not needing veneers) the "waste" could be
something of a pain. Imagine all your planer shavings
having to be "rolled" up. Imagine the questions on
WreckWooddorking on how to dispose of this "waste".
It should be noted, both machines came equipped with long
infeed/outfeed table/rollers which I suspect had to be used
otherwise I suspect the feed wouldn't go right, i.e., the
motor is trying to force the board through a fixed knife, it
also didn't need to be trying to hold the cantilevered board
flat at the same time.
UA100, wishing he could see one in the wild when he has his
Take down all information, no matter how insignificant it
may seem. Take a digital picture or two if you can.
Oh, and in case it wasn't/hasn't been brought up. could it
be a case of the machine has a two knife/three knife cutter
head and the current owner is too much of an idiot to
realize it needs/takes more?
Stranger things have/will happen.
Well, it does/did beat the hell out of most of the traffic
the wreck sees, but then that could just be me.
In days of old when knights were bold ...
I saw one up close and personal at Pleasant St. Machinery
right here in river city (aka DeKalb, IL). The proprietor
was Ben Rock, estwhile purveyor of fine used machinery (okay,
some not so fine). Ben thought very highly of his goods, and
priced them accordingly. My memory is extremely hazy on details
here, but said machine was priced to sell somewhere in the 2K
range IIRC. I didn't get to see it "in action," but it did
make for an interesting trivia-type reply to the wreck when some
ignorant neanderthal claimed no motorized machine could plane
like a handplane. Silly savage. :)
The From: header above is wrong on porpoise
Well, since the name of the game is CPI (cuts per inch) I suppose if the
feed was slow enough and the blade RPM was fast
Of course just how long a single blade doing all the work would last is a
But, with De Walt and Delta coming out with their new two speeds, throw in a
couple of bucks more and he can do a hell of a lot better with one of their
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