I have used this planer in my home shop for 3 years without any major complaints. It is without question a sturdy and relatively bullet proof machine. I can easily take 1/8 of an inch pass in red oak in the widest boards I have tried. (about 12-14 inches). The motor does not appear to bog down at all.
Recommend this product?
This planer replaced my Delta 12" unit that served me well but was just too slow for me.
I compared this planer to the Delta 15" and with the cost difference, this planer made sense. I also had read good reviews of Jet products in general, and felt I could take the chance on something other than a Delta. Besides, both machines are built outside the U.S. so there was no benefit there.
The benefits of a 3 H.P. planer are obvious. You can take more wood off a board with less passes. As for construction, this unit is loaded with ball bearings. The machine required some initial setup/adjustment which requires one to make a block out of wood and use this as a height reference. I had mine made out of aluminum for perceived better accuracy. Ideally, the machine would be setup correctly at the factory. Maybe my unit was a fluke.
There are 2 complaints I have about this unit. First, on my unit the dust chute exits from the side and chips tend to clog because of this. I do remember reading a review that said a new modified dust chute was in the works.
Secondly, I wish the machine had some sort of accurate thickness gage. Maybe I could avoid making as many passes as I close in on that magical 0.75" mark.
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