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    Default Electric Hand Plane - Which one?

    I need some recommendations on buying an electric hand plane.

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    Bosch; replacement blades are cheap and easy to install
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Brown View Post
    Makita; replacement blades are cheap and easy to install
    Thanks! My wife is trying to take advantage of holiday sales to get me one.

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    I've got the Makita and it has done a lot of hard work for me. That said, the two parts of the sole have never been perfectly planar. I keep meaning to fix it with some shims under the forward sole plate, but haven't gotten around to it.

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    Iíve an older makita, the 1900 - Solid working tool, but imo really only something for crude stock removal. Blades are quite cheap - the Chinese knockoffs are a nice source for shop tools Ime.

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    I have a Bosch that works well. It has a dust port that will discharge to either side and fits my Festool vac's end fitting perfectly. It uses disposable blades. Easy to replace. I also like the depth of cut control can be adjusted to very fine increments. A good thing for a tool that will remove far more than one wants in much too short a period of time.

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    I own about a dozen.
    The 1900 is jusfine.

    Working on boats, we get a lot of nails and screws lurking out of sight.
    Be aware that many new planers ONLY take the small double sided throw away blades.
    In 40 years, I do not think I ever turned a disposable blade over before it broke into 5 pieces, thus, I vastly prefer "real" blades.
    I have a Bosch somewhere that uses only ONE small disposable blade.
    I just cannot pass up any planer I see in a pawn shop.
    Planers are like saws or sanders...having several ,set up differently , is best. deep/shallow/sharp/dull/cut wood/demolish linoleum tar...
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    When my fifty year old Skill Plane wears out, I guess I will get another one or re-build it. I have a Bosch as well but it has a short sole so it isn't good for cutting scarfs or fairing long mast stock. However for quick cutting it is great and the blade is single but well balanced. The dust port can be switched to either side and is so a plus. For quick passes the little bag for the dust is ok but for intensive work you are better off with a vac-hose as the bag fills up fast!
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    In his videos, Louis Sauzedde (sp?) uses a cheapo Ryobi, and seems to be satisfied with that.

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    I like the porter cables more than the newer Bosch ones. Mostly because the handle is lower and toward the rear, just feels more natural.

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    I would prefer the Makita to any other and wouldn't even look at a machine that can't deflect the stream of shavings to either side.

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    I destroyed a Makita once. It was my own fault. I was cutting a rabbit in a piece of cyprus about 22 feet long. To save time I set the cut about 1 1/4 wide and as deep as the Makita would go. Shortly the Makita throwing sparks and then died. I bought another one and didn't try to save time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomRose View Post
    In his videos, Louis Sauzedde (sp?) uses a cheapo Ryobi, and seems to be satisfied with that.
    He also has a video which includes an explaination of why he prefers it to others, and how to set it up / modify it for boatbuilding:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a1HCqK5i-A

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    Balance is the key: this is a tool that is an extension of your arm, similiar to a circular saw. What feels comfortable in your hand is the first deciding factor. I'm a Makita guy in both these tools, for forty years now. / Jim

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    I've done a boatload of work with the little Bosch (about $100) I bought thinking it would 'do'
    until I got something more heavy-duty. Best bang for the buck, methinks.
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    I have the old MAkita 1100, and the huge 6” MAkita. They have been great, though I like the idea of deflecting chips left or right like others can do.
    I also like the laminated blades of the MAkita, and I ground one set of blades to a nice deep curve cut to assist in backing out carvel planks.

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    Makita. No complaints. Have used Bosch, Ryobi and Black n Decker, they all work, but i spend my own cash on Makita stuff.

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    Have a look at Louis S's Tips from a shipwright video on what he uses. He talks about modifications he made to it and why he made them. Good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I've done a boatload of work with the little Bosch (about $100) I bought thinking it would 'do'
    until I got something more heavy-duty. Best bang for the buck, methinks.
    +1, lightweight and hence easy to use.

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    I've got a DeWalt 20V Lithium battery plane that is fantastic. Goes through batteries like a pre-colonoscopy cocktail, but a nice tool.
    By golly she's done! Helga B.... Calendar Islands 16

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Bergquist View Post
    I've got a DeWalt 20V Lithium battery plane that is fantastic. Goes through batteries like a pre-colonoscopy cocktail, but a nice tool.
    I gotta get me a cordless planer. I’ve gone to de walt 20 volt, mostly 6 ah batteries .
    gonna skip the butt cam

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    I've heard good reviews of the Hitachi brand. Never tried one though.
    Find an old Skil 100 in decent shape, sell it to the surfboards and then buy any one you like with money left over.
    basil

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodbasil View Post
    I've heard good reviews of the Hitachi brand. Never tried one though.
    Find an old Skil 100 in decent shape, sell it to the surfboards and then buy any one you like with money left over.
    Hitachi is the green one in post 7 !

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    I have a Hitachi 18v cordless drill driver and if it ever dies, will replace it with another if the new ones are built with the same quality. Bought on special, it was half the price of a Makita, one of my best buys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I've done a boatload of work with the little Bosch (about $100) I bought thinking it would 'do'
    until I got something more heavy-duty. Best bang for the buck, methinks.
    I have the same story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodbasil View Post
    I've heard good reviews of the Hitachi brand. Never tried one though.
    Find an old Skil 100 in decent shape, sell it to the surfboards and then buy any one you like with money left over.
    Haven't used that particular one, but I have a high opinion of Hitachi as a brand. They seem to be better at building tools than at marketing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Have a look at Louis S's Tips from a shipwright video on what he uses. He talks about modifications he made to it and why he made them. Good stuff.
    I got allot out of that video too . He describes how to get the blades exactly in plane with the bottom of the plane ; something not covered in my Elu instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodbasil View Post
    I've heard good reviews of the Hitachi brand. Never tried one though.
    Find an old Skil 100 in decent shape, sell it to the surfboards and then buy any one you like with money left over.
    Here in NZ Hitachi has gone through a re-branding exercise, I dont know why.

    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomRose View Post
    In his videos, Louis Sauzedde (sp?) uses a cheapo Ryobi, and seems to be satisfied with that.
    I have a Makita 1910 that I like, but I always finish with a hand plane anyway. I borrowed a cheap Ryobi once when away from home, loved it for it's lightness and balance, but could never find it when I tried to buy one so I have no idea of the model. However, cheap can be very good!
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    Bosch built my boat.
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    I bought a WEN 6 amp planer and it did itself credit....cost not much more than 40 dollars. It certainly did the work I required of it on my mast and yard and although I have always bought the best grade of tool I could afford (I was a contractor) I was very happy with the WEN. I suggest you try it.

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    Try to shovel old linoleum glue with yer wee bosch machine...and wack a few nail heads while yer at it.
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    I use one for rough work, particularly trueing up chainsawn slab planks before putting them into the table-saw or planer. It's great for that.

    But you can sure screw up a project in a hurry with one.

    I'd fuss with a hand-plane, but not with a power plane. It's like a maul compared to an axe.

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    I've used several brands over the years. Some give the choice of which side the side the shavings eject. This can be useful when planing things in situ.
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    I have a Bosch which cuts well but the exhaust gets clogged up pretty quickly and on a regular basis. It gets clogged in both directions. This happens a lot when I am planing cedar. Maybe there is something I am missing?

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