Power planer - It's not what you're thinking!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-05-2008 02:26 AM 2430 reads 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wondering if anyone has ever seen one of these before?
This is a first for me.

There’s a guy in my town that actually has one for sale. $1450

Here’s another variation:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 02:35 AM

New one on me too. Hate to think what would happen with knotty alder or the like. Looks like a motorized spill plane, get one for your fireplace today.

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 02:41 AM

Never seen that one. I always love seeing unique tools.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 02:52 AM

The title to the post made me think – hand held, unti I saw the video. Never seen one before, and I have to wonder what a knot will do that blade. Something tells me that it would have to be sharpened alot to keep those shavings coming off so nice and curly.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 02:58 AM

I think it makes more sense to have the blade on the bottom. I was wondering how you would adjust the makita to take such a thin shaving. With the blade and bed on the bottom, the top (feeder) can float on a spring. Pretty slick tool. I guess I can throw away my #7 now.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 03:00 AM

Ditto, Brian and Grumpy. That thing has to be a constant sharpening project. You know when the blades get dull, that thing makes some serious tearout, as fast as the wood goes through. You also wouldn’t want to get caught up in the piece you sticking in there. It would suck your hand in there before you knew what happened.

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 03:03 AM

I don’t know about yours but knots put a big hurt on my rotating planer blades. That was my first lesson after I bought the tool. I wouldn’t think it would get dull any faster than a planer plade travelling at supersonic speed.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 03:10 AM

I was thinking more of the infeed issue than blade wear. As to planing knots as you well know it is often a necessity given the proclivities of the client.

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#8 posted 05-05-2008 03:10 AM

What’s it for Gary?
I don’t see what step is improved or deleted from the short clip?
Interesting though.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 03:11 AM

Wow! That’s a first for me too. That second one is impressive.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#10 posted 05-05-2008 03:22 AM

These are surfacing planers made in Japan. The best are made by Marunaka. I don’t know if Makita is still making them? They start at around $15,000 . They have been made for many years. Some were sold here in th USA, but they never caught on on a large scale.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#11 posted 05-05-2008 03:26 AM

I’ve never seen one. I’ve seen advertising of a planer that spins on a circular disk Like of like a spiral blade, but it looks like a dinner plate. The blade starts at one side and goes to the other side. The advertising said it will plane thru glue and knots.

The RotaryPlaner

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 05-05-2008 03:26 AM

That’s cool. You had better be wearing at catcher’s mitt if you are standing at the out-feed.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 05-05-2008 03:26 AM

Ah John, you saved my #7. I better go get it before the trash man comes. 15K will buy a lot of nice boards.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#14 posted 05-05-2008 03:42 AM

thats amazing! i have never heard of much less seen one of those before. thanks for the post Gary.

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#15 posted 05-05-2008 05:18 AM

GaryK, Saw one of these about twenty years ago when the big tool show was in Los Angeles at the convention center. Before Anaheim and now Las Vegas. I asked the guy about the planer and he told me that in Japan they use a lot of large exposed beams in their construction. Like vertical grain Douglas Fir and the like. Used mainly to put a fresh surface on the beam that is smooth and flat. And you can see why it didn’t catch on. Was very cool to watch though.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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