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perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 13 9:22 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
I've never heard of Einhell, B&D used to be good about 30 years ago.
Ryobi seem good, but in my experience, their customer services are full of manure.

So, all else being equal, I'd probably try Matika.


Ditto. Don't buy Ryobi whatever you do: IF you do manage to source any spares, they cost a fortune. As an example, the primer bulb on my ryobi brushcutter perished. You can't buy the bulb, only the whole assembly including the carburettor! £65 as opposed to £3.50 for the Stihl equivalent

See if AEG do a planer: I'm getting to be a big fan of their tools. Well designed, long lasting and sensible money.

JB



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 13 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well I've just ordered a Makita planer, I had a quick look for AEG but they either seemed very expensive or out of stock, whereas Makita was very expensive on their list prices but a bit of shopping around finds some much more sensible prices. Of course reading some reviews people start saying how much better the next model up is but at that point I'd be spending £200 on a planer which is the entry point for some planer thickenessers so going to that level seemed silly.

perlogalism



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 13 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't go far wrong with that. Let us know what you think once you've had a chance to play with it

Gervase



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 13 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a Makita thicknesser and it's damned good - really robust, easily adjusted and consistent in operation. It's one of those bits of kit that becomes indispensable.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43845
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I may be in the market for a planer/thicknesser

First job would be to square off the (pre-treatment) offcuts from the recently woodworm treated dining table cherry. We've ended up with loads of stuff that I've cut down to around 410mm long which we'll be turning into 10 chopping boards (1 for each of our brothers and sisters).

Next job will be the timber for the table, currently boards are 100-300mm wide, 28mm thick and about 1.7mtrs long.

Space isn't an issue, so am I better with a lumpy (single phase) secondhand or something cheap and new?

e.g.
Used:
Elektra Beckum

Samco

AEG

New:
Record

Fox

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Go for the Elektra Beckum

Spares are still available, although rumour has it EB became Ryobi, & then disappeared...same story with Elu, involving Dewalt &/or B&D

I have had this very same machine for 16 or so years now

Only thing I don't like is the infeed table micro adjust ie little grub screws...fiddly & not very accurate

Common fault is the pulley wheel wears & the belt slips off...very annoying...spares from Axminster, not too pricey

Depending on condition 350 on ebay (your link) is an okay price....maybe 450 - 475 tops

Always check when buying this type of machine secondhand, how flat & straight the tables are...ie if going to collect take a straight edge & lay it along the length of the machine, having first adjusted the tables to the same height...that is to say 0 millimetres
Look at the general wear & tear...if it looks like it's been used as a workbench then think twice

Hope this helps

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks as always mj

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

e b make/made very good kit,as mousjoos recons spares are available it should last for ages

the light duty ones are often a bit wobbly and often far noisier than pro ones.

moving the thing will be a bit of a task and probably best with it strapped into a van rather than in a car boot

if i was wanting a cheap but effective smallish one with a 2 yr gnt i might have a go with erbauer .

i have several of their machines which seem to do very well for the price however the eb one can cut a wider plank and if in good nick is a far better machine and even with transport time/money on top of the 350 is probably better value if you plan for long term use.

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is hiring not a sensible option? Will you use it again after the table?

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 16 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think we will, got a walnut tree drying at the mo...

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You do go for the best woods Tahir.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
Go for the Elektra Beckum

Spares are still available, although rumour has it EB became Ryobi, & then disappeared...same story with Elu, involving Dewalt &/or B&D

I have had this very same machine for 16 or so years now

Only thing I don't like is the infeed table micro adjust ie little grub screws...fiddly & not very accurate

Common fault is the pulley wheel wears & the belt slips off...very annoying...spares from Axminster, not too pricey

Depending on condition 350 on ebay (your link) is an okay price....maybe 450 - 475 tops

Always check when buying this type of machine secondhand, how flat & straight the tables are...ie if going to collect take a straight edge & lay it along the length of the machine, having first adjusted the tables to the same height...that is to say 0 millimetres
Look at the general wear & tear...if it looks like it's been used as a workbench then think twice

Hope this helps


I bought mine a few years ago, not used it yet, for £100. I'm glad I did judging my the prices they now go for.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
You do go for the best woods Tahir.


We have a bit of a fruit and nut thing

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Mistress Rose wrote:
You do go for the best woods Tahir.


We have a bit of a fruit and nut thing


Where's Nick when we need him?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
tahir wrote:
Mistress Rose wrote:
You do go for the best woods Tahir.


We have a bit of a fruit and nut thing


Where's Nick when we need him?


Norfolk. High six!

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