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#1 posted 09-07-2013 02:01 AM

The model number on the planer is wrong. When I searched it to verify if I’d seen it or not the number comes up as belonging to an 8” jointer. That being said I read about a Craftsman 15” planer in the comparison reviews they do in woodworking magazines in the early nineties. Without a correct number I can’t locate particulars on this machine but as I recall the reviews were basically about degrees of good and none of the machines were dogs. The Craftsman had a distinct housing on the top end, Like a flat front sheet metal skirt in stead of a bare bones appearance. At that time Delta and Powermatic still had production in the states and along with Canada’s General line were always at the top of the heap. The good news is I don’t remember negative criticism of any the machines and I rarely forget a poor rating on such things. A 15” planer is a beast, most weigh around 750 lbs and are built like tanks and 220 is a requirement. If that machine is in good working order I’d buy it in a heartbeat. $450.00 is what you’d pay for a lunchbox planer that will wear out in a few years while this one will last a lifetime. They don’t have to be top shelf to work well. I have an old 20” Lobo and it’s still ticking right along. I wouldn’t trade it for 4 of the lunch box planers. The jointers sound good but are a bit over priced and the omnijig, well it’s a good deal if that’s the direction you want to take.

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