Dried glue and hard knots are the few things that will tear up planner blades. I have planed a bunch of finished wood over the years. Paint will dull a blade pretty fast.
Thanks! I think I will buy one to strip the finish off of the curved sides of the bench backs. If I kill the tool I won't be out too much money. I could even get the HFT "warranty" on the tool, so if it burns up before I finish, they will give me another one. Hmmm ... how many sanding drums for 103 16-foot benches .... I will start with ONE and see how far I get.The Bauer Surface Conditioning Tool was reviewed by the Tool Bear over at Den of Tools. He thought that it was pretty good. Harbor Freight has upped its game over the past several years with the new product lines it has introduced (Hercules, Bauer, Warrior, Icon ...).
Also Harbor Freight, eh? Well, I will go there and get both tools. I sure don't want to send nails through my planer!About the wand. I've owned a HF Cen-Tech Metal Detector Wand for a number of years and found it to be reliable and effective, finding nails, shards, and bits of fencing up to 1-1/2" below the surface. It was a pretty good $40 investment.