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#1 posted 09-29-2010 09:12 PM

I think your’re correct on the snipe issue, just make sure the infeed AND the outfeed tables are adjustable. Grooves in the planed wood are most likely caused by a nick in the blades. You could raise the outfeed roller, run a piece through and isolate the problem at the knives.

The uneven pulling is something I experienced on a older Delta 13” planer. The pressure on the infeed and outfeed rollers is often set with an allen bolt compressing springs at either end of the roller shaft. If these are not set correctly (evenly) it can cause uneven pressure contributing to pulling to one side.

As a minimum I suggest you insist everything operates to your liking before even considering purchasing it. If the seller can’t make it right, you will have an even more difficult time. And if you want more advice ..o0.. I’d pass on the thing altogether and look at 2 machines, a jointer and a benchtop planer. Here are my reasons:

When and if the motor fails you are left trying to get parts for a machine-specific discontinued product. Then both planer and jointer are out of commission. That would be a total pisser…

It’s hard to get excited about a 2 knife cutterhead. Most planers are 3 or 4. Makes me wonder if that is contributing to the surface finish problem you identified

You will want an 8” jointer at some point. Just like we all want FAS cherry at $1.50 a BF. It’s just natural…

How comfortable is the working height of the combo machine? I recall it was kinda close to the ground…

Resale (if the hobby is not your thing) is much easier with seperate machines.

You didn’t talk about price but there are lots of good deals on 2nd hand seperate machines. Good luck with your decision…and a shout-out to all the combo machine members!

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