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I'm looking for a 20" planer, I'm not in a hurry but I would like to get one before summer. I doubt anyone here can do a side by side comparison, but if you can, that'd be great!

If you have, or have worked with, any planers this large please comment on the pros and cons of the particular machine you used.

I'm not brand loyal, just want a good machine with best features/price. I honestly don't know what features to look for so please educate me!

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Its a good thing you have a big barn for your woodworking and vehicles, you already have 3 planners. Let me know what you get I might need to have you run something wide thru it. Your not to far away.
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Thanks for the heads up there Larry, I got rid of the Delta 12" planer a long time ago, just never took it off the list! So.... I only have 2 planers and truth be told I don't use the minimax for its planer, only as a 14" jointer. The Dewalt seems to give me a better finish. I put some carbide tipped blades on it, they do well but not as nice as the HSS, however the HSS would get nicked by hardwood, small knots, that kind of stuff, the carbide seems to be holding up much better, just not quite as sharp.

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I have had a Powermatic 209HH for 5-6 years and love the thing. It takes knots and squirrely grain like it was quarter sawn. Prior the that I had a Powermatic 15S. No comparison. I have yet to rotate the cutters on the 209HH.

The only minor "con" I have is the chip collection outlet. The 15S was at a 45 degree angle where the 209HH is straight out. It collects everything but the hose is more out of the way with the 15S. I just put a metal 90 degree elbow on the 209HH.

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I just ran across some literature on the Woodmaster. It can be bought as a multi tool or just a planer. Their pricing looked good and it looks like a pretty rugged tool. I have no experience with them.

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I've seen the Woodmaster demoed at woodworking shows and it did a good job, partly because it has a DC voltage feed motor that can be set at any rate you want instead of the fixed speeds other planers get by powering the feed off the main gear box. You can also get moulder heads and sanding drums for them. If I ever upgrade from my 16" King I would probably go with a Woodmaster.

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I have a woodmaster it is a very good machine. I've had it for about a year. If I had it to do over I would more than likely go for a powermatic.
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And YOU'VE seen it, it's even messier now than it was then, plus I've got 3 trees drying out in there now. 2 maples and 1 white oak that I had quarter sawn. The maples are probably dry, they have been in there for almost or a little over 2 years, not sure which. The oak I just put in there this past fall.

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Four to five years ago I purchased a Powermatic 20" helical head planer as my first planer, the model number is a 209HH as I recall. It has seen pretty light duty. But it is used a fair amount for a full-time hobby shop. I have had no significant problems with it except that it got a little hard to feed at one point. I adjusted the bed rollers, which was not too difficult and it worked fine thereafter. I have indexed the cutters one time. However, I did not inspect them carefully before doing that. It did cut better after doing that. I am planning to make a melamine bed for it. Marc Adams has demonstrated that it works better that way, particularly with thin material. I am planning to cut my own veneer and plane it in this machine. The chips exit the machine satisfactorily to my Oneida Super Gorilla except they sometimes drop out into the stack of my wide belt sander. When my shop is rearranged I will take the chip producers (jointer, planer and Shaper) off the same line as the wide belt. The problem machine for dispensing chips is the 8" Grizzly Extreme jointer. It clogs up often, which is par for jointers according to Marc.

A friend of mine bought the same planer as me, because of my satisfaction with it. He is disposing of his 15" Delta planer, which is a bargain at $1,100.
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