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Planer Thicknesser: Recommendations, Please


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#1 recoveringacademic

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 07:50 AM

One of the things about retirement is that you get to buy tools that help to keep you out of harms way (the kitchen). And I've decided to make my own cladding with a chainsaw mill. That's going fine. Now I need a thicknesser.

Looking back over a few threads, I see Joiner liked his Charnwood (#4).

Are there any others I should consider?
Thanks, Ian

#2 SteamyTea

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 07:58 AM

Wadkin are good.

Does depend how large you need it.

We had a combined unit, that had a spindle moulder, circular saw, planer and thicknesser.
It was OK, but the blades were rubbish and expensive.
So similar to this:
http://www.screwfix....CFcluGwodNUcJmQ

Do you have 3Phase, if not check that you can get single phase on larger stuff.

Edited by SteamyTea, 26 January 2016 - 08:00 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:41 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 26 January 2016 - 07:58 AM, said:


Do you have 3Phase, if not check that you can get single phase on larger stuff.


Hadn't thought about that.... thanks!

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 09:36 AM

You need one of these.... http://www.eddisons....020?pageSize=60

An auction of BIG woodworking kit at lovely prices...

Mostly 3 phase, but you know you want to...

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:28 AM

Leeds is just that little bit too far for me really :(
But if an auction comes up like that in the SE and someone knows about it please don't tell me! My bank balance really won't be able to handle it.
As fo recommendations. We use the mAkita 300mm at work and is a lovely portable little machine. Haven't really used many others so I can't comment otherwise.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:37 AM

Leeds is not that far. When I worked for a motorway service group, I lived in Hertfordshire and was often up in Leeds.
Just a case of getting up early. ;)

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:34 AM

If you have not got 3 phase, I bought a second hand SIP one years ago, 10 x 6, cast ally beds and loads of grunt, I planed all the oak to make my bespoke kitchen and it paid for itself in that one job. ( can't link to EBay on my iPad but there is at least one on there). If you like woodwork you will love this machine.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:39 AM

'...If you like woodwork you will love this machine....'


Oh boys, I just lurve wooden work. Specially when it saves me muneh (slang, tr. from Lancastrian : money, cash, pound notes)

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:04 PM

View PostPeterW, on 26 January 2016 - 09:36 AM, said:

You need one of these.... http://www.eddisons....020?pageSize=60

An auction of BIG woodworking kit at lovely prices...

Mostly 3 phase, but you know you want to...

I know I want to..

Whether I'll get permission or not I don't know (it seems I'm increasingly having to put as much effort into justifying tool purchases to SWMBO as I am using the darn things to build us a house), but I'm just round the corner from Ian so I could always say it's his and I'm just letting him borrow my 3 phase..

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:03 PM

http://www.ebay.co.u...3oAAOSwR0JUOBe8

this is the one we've got.......well i say we its Stu's but its in my workshop ATM

Great little tool. it churned through a 280mm wide plank of pine the other day and left it as if we bought it PAR

might struggle on that size oak but i think any machine would apart from the one in that auction, which i am not even considering bidding on, the thought never even crossed my mind........honestly i haven't even registered.......yet :D

my plan would be to put a picnic bench/ any old table at the end of the pile and plonk it on top then just feed them in as you take them off the pile. Bigger machines are nice but you have to consider weather you want to move the wood or the machine.

HTH
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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:06 PM

Get thee behind me Satan.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 06:30 PM

I've got a Charnwood table saw, band saw and belt sander and have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality. I would say better quality than the "red" budget units being churned out by Axminster these days (although the trade quality gear is still excellent, as is their customer service). All my Charnwood kit has come from Poolewood Machinery, no connection to them just very helpful (but a terrible website!!) http://www.poolewood...oduct_List.html

As for a planer/thicknesser I went for the Woodstar PT85 unit after reading a lot of reviews. Its seen some serious action, mainly softwoods but it copes with Oak fine. Strangely the cheapest I found it at the time was CPC: http://cpc.farnell.c...sser/dp/TL14156

If you don't have chip/dust extraction you'll need that too. Its amazing what they chuck out and will make a hell of allot of mess.

HTH

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 06:52 PM

View Postrecoveringacademic, on 28 January 2016 - 05:06 PM, said:

Get thee behind me Satan.
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

what did you do on Sunday??? :P

I am no devil. I am just one of many people who seem to keep suggesting you spend a lot of money on nice new tools :D

Edited by ConstructionChannel, 28 January 2016 - 07:01 PM.