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Posted on Last machine to think about, planer

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 02:09 PM

Maybe it comes down to length of wood. Typical I guess is under 4 or 5 feet, but even if 8, as you are holding it on entry, and walk around on exit, I guess you are right on that. I had not thought that through. With a 4-post, either side needs to be rigid to prevent snipe so not sure an inherent advantage.

Criteria? How about gross weight! Griz is cheapest, big and heavy ( most look like the same castings) but at least on their aftermarket heads, fewer smaller 2 sided cutters, so actually a cheaper machine.

A head runs about a grand, IF I could find a used machine. Seem quite scarce these days.

Just ordered a Shelix head for my joiner. I was talked out of it until I needed to run some birch ply glue-ups. Yea, I could have made a sled and used the TS, but I don’t like to have to think about my tools. Knots and glue be damned. Easy to add a Wixey to any of them.

About half the available planers are out of stock, so a little time to think. Most likely, I will cheap out and go the 735/Shelix option. Under a grand. I do not like the amount of current it pulls over 110. ( Their spec is flat out false advertising) but it does seem to work with only a few complaints. I am not going to taking a 1/16 off 15 wide purpleheart. But the “real” machines sure look tempting! Don’t see much advantage to the rest of the 13 inch class over the DeWalt, but wil look in more detail.


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