At $210 tho; pretty hard to beat what Pete has done with that Wen for Shapers Supply. And among the Aussies and their love of the Makita; a conversion kit for a shaper who already owns a Makita improves it greatly.
Now a lil update.
I finally have it in my hands and damn, I can't wait to get well and use it for the next board. But I think it won't be before end of January.
Meanwhile I'll make some mods.
I opend it and checked the belt and bearings and everything looks ok. I cleaned the belt and lubricated the bearings. The back of the planer it's kinda long so I think I'll cut it at least 3-4 inches.
First thing was the dust collector, I tried few models but didn't like so, I had to design it by my own.
Next mod I hope will be the spiral cutterhead.
I also redesign a gauge scribe and printed and gave few to my friends, also backyard shapers.
Nice . You’re good to go. I prefer the Grit Barrel that Shapers Aus. Sells. It’s very well done.
Yeah the grit barrel could also be an option but the price ... too damn expensive for an backyard shaper. The spiral costs less than 200€.
Factory bearings are sealed so no lubrication is needed. Be careful using any oil or grease on a planer, you'll find out why when you glass the shape. Maybe sooner if you use anything flammable like WD-40 near the motor brushes.
This one has normal bearings... damn it, nit sealed
That’s right. And; It’s got more to do with the thread on compressors, but drain your compressor.