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Posted on Last machine to think about, planer

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 01:16 PM

Mine is a Delta that I put Byrd head on, I’ve had it 20+ years and it’s served me well. For well documented reasons I wouldn’t suggest a Delta nowadays. Personally I’d probably go Grizzly. But for the fixed table versus fixed head question: I bought my Delta for that exact reason, I wanted a fixed table reasoning that I would have to adjust the infeed/outfeed stands as I planed wood. that turned out to be pretty dumb reasoning, in the years I’ve had it I think I’ve used stands maybe a dozen times, pretty much they mostly aren’t needed. The overhead motor does make the thing a little top heavy, but that doesn’t matter since it’s a fairly short machine. But to me the fixed table versus head is a non issue…pick one on other criteria. One thing you might want to consider with the insert heads is shear cut versus straight cut. The owner of Grizzly declares there is no difference, and truthfully I agree with that (with no experience with the straight cutters whatsoever).. But it’s fun to argue the merits of one versus the other.

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