i recently purchased a General International 15″ thickness planer and have had nothing but problems. i spent a few hours calibrating it and could never get rid of snipe at both ends on every pass. so i called in the tech from the tool store. he came out and spent 4 hours on it and could never get rid of the snipe either. 2 days later he came back with the rep for general and they together spent another 2 hours and never got rid of the snipe. thats when they decided to tell me that its just the way big planers work they all do it, including the $15000 machines. now i find that strange since my portable delta has performed great right out of the box. so i returned to the store and 2 more sales men told me yes thats the nature of the beast. to satisfy my curriosity i upgraded it anyway to the 15″ with the motor below. after calibrating that one i still get snipe. my question is, does everyone really have this problem? having to make all boards 6″ long and cutting off the snipe? i find it hard to believe that a $2000 ‘professional’ piece of equipment is way out performed by a $500 hobby machine.
Urban Workshop Ltd
cheers. Ill buy.