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18 people found this helpful
on March 5, 2003
I had some 5/4 maple to plane down to 3/4. I kept imagining my planer's 4-in dust port sticking out into space like a giant chip spewer, and I was kind of dreading doing the work. I knew I'd have to build in an extra 45 minutes to sweep up, not to mention the "atmosphere" the chips would create during planing.
I got online on Sunday night. Friday when I got home from work, there was the box. Assembled it that evening in my living room and Saturday, hooked it up with the 8' length of hose it comes with (Pretty good hose). I also connected the cyclone chip separator I'd ordered at the same time. By the way, the metal garbage can is becoming a thing of the past. Home Depot and Orchard Supply don't carry them. I went to the neighborhoon hardware store and fit the cap to the can.
After the last board was a smooth, flat, straight 3/4, the air was clear, and in fact the 50-850's bottom bag only had about a pocketful of chips (which you can see because it's clear - I like that). I'd made about 20 gallons of chips, but they all stayed in the metal garbage can.
Maybe even more important, the planer didn't clog up because the chips were drawn away. Previously if I forgot to unplug the machine and sweep it out inside, the chips would either bog down the unit, or worse - they'd get between the knives and the wood, leaving pock marks in the work. I won't plane without a dust collector ever again.
Can you imaginge the smile on my face? If you are getting tired of spending as much time cleaning up as shaping wood, you're ready for this baby.
Also, I was not expecting the four lower bag clips. They make putting the bottom bag on extremely easy. The clips hold the bag in place while you fit the belt on. A snap (literally) for one person with two hands.
Assembly: I used the extra nuts to go belt-and-suspenders attaching the motor to the base. My eight-year-old son held the metal drum in place while I attached the legs, but otherwise it was just one bolt at a time.
Treat yourself. Also, it's the best price in years.