I just found out my old planer wasnt cutting right so I am selling it and in the market for a replacement. I have Makita 18v batteries and noticed a planer for sale at shaper supply which they call a Makita Cordless Modified, but they don't say much about what modifications were made, if any beyond the depth adjuster. It's also too pricey, but I can get the non modified version for a reasonable price. I am thinking of buying one and modifyinhg if needed myself. What modifications are needed, aside from the depth adjustment (which I won't bother modifying as I am not advanced enough to use it like the pros).
Should the blades be replaced with "Carbide" ones? (I heard that somewhere)
Should the grooves in the planing surface be glued up? I never did that before and never had a problem but would fill those grooves if it was a good idea to.
Any tips would be welcome, especially on the Makita cordless