Benchtop Planer 6469-5VGA - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Benchtop Planer 6469-5VGA

Central Machinery - Benchtop Planer 6469-5VGA

Central Machinery’s 12-in. planer is lightweight but lacks many features available on models from other brands.

$290 (As of 1/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Planers

by Lon Schleining

review date: January 1, 2003

Today's thickness planers vary in price from less than $300 to nearly $500. In an effort to learn whether the price differences reflect the quality and features of the machines, I put nine of them through a hands-on test. To begin with, it's important that the infeed and outfeed tables be flush with the bed, and I found that all of these machines made it easy to adjust the tables up and down. In addition, I tested how accurately and smoothly the planers cut (all produced amazingly smooth cuts). I also measured the noise level of the machines, checked to see how easy it was to change knives, and gauged the effectiveness of the dust collection.

The Central Machinery planer had the most snipe and made the most noise. The manual had lots of poorly translated text, and it was a chore to adjust the tables and bed rollers. On the other hand, it's lightweight and compact, and the carriage parallelism was excellent. The machine is inexpensive and the company offers free shipping. 

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Less than 0.001 in.
Average Snipe 0.0075 in.
Time to Change Knives 25 minutes
Knives Can be Sharpened Yes
Noise Rating 105 dB (load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Central Machinery
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 1-800-444-3353
Extra Set of Knives Included No
Price for Set of Knives $19
Reversible Knives No
Built-in Dust Collection Hood: Not available
Speed 8,000 rpm (no load)
Amps N/A
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 12 in.

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