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John Brown

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Just a guess, but maybe it's because electric hand planers are already capable of hogging off a lot of material fairly swiftly, allied with the fact that you'd really want a swappable cylinder to avoid all the setting up malarkey every time you changed modes.
 

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My electric plane can scrub faster than a room full of scrubbers (but its not as much fun) :shock: 8)
 

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They rip like hell though, because the blades are dead square. I'd think a slightly curved blade would fit the existing block and not be so prone to ripping - the speed at which they remove material maybe it wouldn't need to be so pronounced as a scrub blade on a handplane?
 

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That's all an electric plane is anyway...........and not a very good one, as you say, because of the straight blade.
 

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Power planers aren't the best for large flat surfaces, they're designed predominantly for planing anything narrower than the planer itself. On a large surface they gouge material out and they generally make a large mess of the work even if all you're wanting to do is scrub material off as fast as you can. Lou's video shows you how to make a power planer far more accurate and better suited for the task of scrubbing by a few little alterations such as grinding the corners of the knives, which makes a massive difference.
 

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Even if all you're wanting to do is scrub material off as fast as you can? That's my point. that is their only real purpose, which would make a curved blade a sensible development.
 

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Trevanion":2rj8rluo said:
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Thanks for that.

You know... it never ocurred to me that a power planer might need tuning, despite having fettled my er.....17 (??) handplanes. I've not touched mine for years now and didn't like it then either, but I do have some boards covered in old tar and allsorts, so maybe I'll unearth it, tune it a bit and grind off the edges of the blades.
 
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