First the disclaimer. The Dewalt planer is the ONLY portable planer I have ever used. It is also the BEST portable planer I’ve ever used.<G>
But, I have been running lots of rough cut wood through it lately. Dropped a few hundred dollars removing a small pittance of the wood stacked up around frenchy’s house. Now it’s time to clean it up.
This little planer has been eating up the wood. With the exception, that I was really really slow realizing the blades were dull and just kept making smaller and smaller cuts to compensate, it’s done great.
Last night I finally said, ‘hey stupid, it’s time to put the other set of blades on it.’ I did, and as a mechanical designer, I am incredibly impressed with the engineering that went into their blade setup. All the tools were included, work well, store on the tool where they are totally accessible, but totally out of the way. Putting new blades on and aligning them was quick and easy. The instructions on how to do it weren’t perfect, but far above average. And, other then using a torque wrench to tighten the bolts just right was done totally with the included tools. The torque wrench made me feel better, but wasn’t really needed.
After a year and a half of use, most of it within the last week or so, the blades I took out were dull, but not nicked or damaged anywhere. They just need a light touchup. The blades come with 1/8″ of sharpening length, at that rate they could be sharpened several times. The feed rollers still look new, as does the rest of the mechanical mechanisms.
Well built, well designed machine.
Now, if I just trusted myself to sharpen them. Think I’ll see what the sharpening shop down the road would charge. Ken does good work.