- 22 Dec 2012
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I have a Fox F22-561 lunchbox thicknesser which has munched its feed roller. It is 7 or 8 years old, worked fine for my needs, was cheap and did what I needed. Fixing it would be preferable but finding spares is looking unlikely following email enquiries so will probably need to replace - hence some advice needed.
- There are limited second hand options mainly due to the shortage of machines - so will probably buy new. I appreciate old iron from an engineering perspective, but space, weight, etc make it unattractive.
- As a lunchbox has met my needs (hobby, occassional use) I don't think I need to upgrade to a larger planer thicknesser at £1000+.
- Should I consider a small planer thicknesser. I have an old time served small planer which I would be happy to lose with a combined machine.
- Is changing mode a pain. The thicknesser doesn't seem to have in/out feed tables, and being located below the planer tables makes access more difficult.
- Machines with ~300mm capacity all seem very similar (feed rates, in/out tables, noisy, size etc) but at quite different prices. Looking at parts drawings they frequently use precisely the same components often with just a changed paint job or handle.
- Is the DeWalt really twice as good as (say) the equivalent Lumberjack. Or is it just branding and/or spares/service back up.