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Forum topic by Mechanical_Max posted 05-29-2017 01:54 AM 1460 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2017 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: general international planer molder tool cabinet style question

Hey everyone,

I’m new here, but wanted to ask opinions on a planer / molder that I am thinking of purchasing. I found a General International 30-100 cabinet style planner / molder on Craigslist. It looks brand new even though it is about 8 years old, has a 1.5hp motor, and comes with a set of molder knives that cost $240. He is willing to let it go for $550 which is around what I was expecting to pay for a Dewalt DW735 new. I saw it action planing a board of hard maple and the results were very good, but had a small amount of snipe about 2.5” from each end, which seems unavoidable for planers from what I can tell. I know that some people make extended beds for planers out of wood which helps reduce snipe, but that may be difficult on this machine since it has an adjustable table height instead of changing the height of the cutter head assembly.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had experience with this machine or could give insight on the quality to expect from General International. What is your guys’ opinions on this deal, is it worth it for a cabinet style planner / molder? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,


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#1 posted 05-29-2017 11:52 AM

hi Max. the one you mention look similar to the grizzly and jet 13” planer/moulder and they all seem to get good reviews. i recently w upgrade my planer and decided to go with an older 15” planer, instead of a new dewalt 735…

if that planer(30-100) came available around here for that price, i would have bought immediately as long as everything checked out. good luck

and welcome to the site

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#2 posted 05-29-2017 01:11 PM

JR, thank you for the reply and warm welcome! I was of the same mindset, just wanted to double check to see if there was anything I should know about the machine before buying. I’ve been out of town all weekend and am heading back today, picking it up on the way home. As I said, this thing looks immaculate and did a fine job planing, just with a bit of snipe that I will try to address when I move into my new basement workshop in a few weeks. I’ll definitely post some pictures of the thing.

I’m excited to be moving into a place that has a large space for a workshop and this will be the first tool I’m picking up, just because it seemed like such a good deal. Now to find a decent table saw, jointer, bandsaw, and dust collection system. Looking forward to perusing this forum to get some more project ideas and pick everyone’s brains.

Thanks again for the response!



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