Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Lapeer, Michigan
Just to satisfy your curiousity...
I went to look at this machine last week. It functions as a 10" jointer on the upper surface and a 10" thickness planer on an adjustable lower surface. There is one common cutterhead for both. The planer has the best anti-kickback mechanism I have ever seen on a compact machine, but have seen similar devices on large industrial planers (like the 24" Rockwell I use at my production shop). Parts are only available from Europe, but they are not difficult to find. The motor was very smooth and stout; 2.5HP may be on the conservative side (it can ne wired for 220V also). The cutterhead during operation was very quiet compared to my 6" Grizzly jointer. It is a very compact machine with big capabilities. Due to the table size, It is my opinion that this is not suitable for precision wood surfacing. My use for this would be quick dimensioning of rough lumber on its way over to my finish planer and jointer. This little thing is perfect for the abuse that raw lumber can inflict on your equipment. The HSS blade set runs around $75 plus shipping, but there is a carbide set available too. I was very impressed with the quality and design of this machine.
During a demonstration, it powered through 1/16" removal on some white oak planks without even straining--and the blades are nicked and dull.
Besides, where else can you find a 10" jointer for $325 that doesn't require restoration?