New Tool Day: PC305TP

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by HaMMerHeD, Jan 12, 2013.


  1. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

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    Location:
    Norman, OK
    Finally got a thickness planer.

    I picked this one because it was priced about where I could afford it, and it wasn't from Harbor Freight. It is an Asian Import, but it works very, very well.

    It's a Porter-Cable PC305TP. It's a 12" thickness planer, 2 blades, 15 amps.

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    The knives are high-speed-steel and of the quick-set variety, so you don't have to do a lot of dicking around with adjustment wrenches. They're are also double-edged and reversible, so when you wear one edge out, you just flip it to the other sharp edge and you're back in business.

    So far, I've made a few neck blanks and planed some hickory down to thickness for bow making.

    It seems to be a good, solid tool. It came highly recommended by a few local cabinet makers and a couple of non-internet luthiers I know personally.

    Incidentally, I got it at Lowes for $269.
  2. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    Location:
    Listowel/KW Ontario
    Oooo, I need one of those.

    lowsound
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I bought Ridgid 13" planer, but it doesn't see much use since I got the riser block on my band saw. I usually just resaw and run it through my drum sander. If I am doing a one piece body the planer isn't big enough anyway so I just use my drum sander.
  4. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

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    Norman, OK
    Yeah, I need a drum sander.

    I was holding out for a 15" thickness planer for a long time, but they're so stinking expensive, I was just tired of waiting and paying other people to thickness stock for me.
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  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I got a really good deal on mine. Its one of those tools that once you have one you don't know how you got by without it.
  7. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

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    May 20, 2005
    Location:
    Norman, OK
    Yeah, I'm looking at the 18" open-ended Grizzly sander. $994 shipped. :(
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Houston Tx
    Ouch, I guess I got really lucky. I got an 18/36 USA Delta that was almost new for $350 on craigslist.

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