Pluses: With a traditional three-knife cutterhead using jackscrew height adjustments, this planer delivers a lot of performance for an attractive price.…
With sharp knives, it cranked out surfaces as clean as any other tested planer, and its snipe tied with two other machines for the shallowest. We like that its table locks are on the same side as the cutting-depth handwheel. It comes with a plug on its power cord; not all planers do. Minuses: Setting the knife height after a resharpening can be tedious using the included jig. The dust hood mounts to the planer cover with bolts and nuts, but should the nuts ever work loose during use, they could potentially fall into the spinning cutterhead; we’d prefer threaded inserts or lock nuts to secure the hood. Setting up this machine required extensive cleaning to remove the thick rust-inhibitor coating, and we also had to add gear oil (not included) to the crankcase. Although it can plane a full 15"-wide workpiece, its stock-return rollers mount 1/4" below the top of the posts that hold them and can accommodate only a 14-3/4"-wide workpiece.
Ease of Use
out of 5