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04-05-2009, 05:59 PM
Has anyone purchased one of these planers from Great Planes, are they worth there cost?
I am thinking of purchasing one, but would appreciate anyone that has one, commenting on it.
04-05-2009, 06:04 PM
I have one though don't use it that often. You'll need some practice keeping it steady but it does grind down the balsa quite easily.
As I said, practice with some scrap until you are comfortable with it. My only other recommendation is make sure a simple sanding block can't do the trick first. I bought a GP Pete N Poke and though advertised as minimal carving, I used the gadget heavily for that plane.
04-05-2009, 06:27 PM
Yes............ I have one of these works fantastic . Bought it two years ago and I have used it once . It is absolutly FANTASTIC .............. FOR MAKEING BALSA DUST , and I will never use it again .............. ever
By there hand planner .............. its twice as fast and doesn t make a mess . and its more accurate
This is my experience
Tell you what ..................... I will sell you mine for $10 , its spanking new .
I will not promote this tool , it just looks like an easy way out :TD::TD:
04-05-2009, 08:10 PM
What Michel said. Almost word for word, except I won't sell you mine.
80 grit sandpaper works just as fast. With the planer, I've had it catch the wood and split it.
04-06-2009, 06:41 AM
I use a Stanley small block plane (about 3" long). As said, you have to pay attention to grain direction when using a plane (not so with 80grit paper).
The plane is good when you want to keep the dust down though.
04-07-2009, 07:59 PM
I have one, used it often and find it works well you can control the depth of the cut and with a steady hand it will do a lot of work. The offer of one for $10 sounds like a good deal.
04-07-2009, 09:22 PM
I bought one, and can't really control it. (The guy in the store thought his was indispensible!) The darned thing gums up on me, and you have to grip it hard as it has interlock switches on both sides that must be depressed simultaneously to make it work.
I prefer my swiss army knife for rough carving, and some course sandpaper to take it from there.
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