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Name: thomas purcell
Location: MI
Submitted on: 2016-08-05
Rating: 5 out of 5
I have had this stand alone machine for at least 25 years. I found it to be a super addition to my workshop. Highly recommend it.
Name: Ken
Location: Greeley, CO
Submitted on: 2015-07-13
Rating: 5 out of 5
Works very well. I converted a Shopsmith mounted model to a "PRO" with pulleys, a belt and a 1-1/2 hp motor. Used it recently to remove old finish from an oak desk refurb. Set to very minimum setting and planed old finish off flat surfaces of drawer fronts. Saved a lot of stripper and effort. I have a sharpening jig and it's relatively easy to sharpen the blades when needed. I now have the Mark 7 and may convert back to "Pro". Good and rugged tool.
Name: Richard
Location: Springfield VA
Submitted on: 2015-01-21
Rating: 5 out of 5
I have owned this planer for 15+ years. The variable speed feature for feeding the stock is fantastic. Snipe can be an issue but by adjusting the tension on the indeed rollers, using a long board mounted on the tables and feeding the stock at a slight angle eliminated the problem. I highly recommend the stand alone planer for shop owners that want to save money by buying rough cut lumber.
Name: DRH
Location: Michigan
Submitted on: 2013-11-14
Rating: 5 out of 5
I have owned the Shopsmith professional planer for about 20 years, and have a lot of time using it. I have had zero problems. I bought 2 spare sets of blades since my sharpening service takes at least a week and I do not want to be without a working planer. Sniping is not an issue if you take small final cuts and hold the wood against the table. I like the variable feed speed since I cut a wide variety of woods. I don't like the blade setting tool that came with the planer so I use a machinist's dial indicator to set the blade height within +/- 0.001", blade to blade and end to end. I get great quality finish but I often leave about 1/64" stock to run thru my drum sander so I don't have to do any hand sanding. The only upgrade I would like is a segmented cutter to avoid having to sharpen blades.

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