John Mel told me once in reference to Skil Planers and anyone who is or wants to become a serious shaper; "Who wouldn't spend $1000 for a good tool". There are other alternatives for beginners and people who just do the occasional board. Lots of Pros use the Hitachi usually because that is what they got started with originally and what they are familiar with and comfortable with. The Hitachi has been in use a long time and for plastic, gets the job done. I own two of them and one of them has seen a lot of use. The other has never been used. If I were starting over and had 100 or so blanks shaped under my belt done with the Hitachi; I would be looking for a Skil. It's kind of a natural progression. If I couldn't find one somewhere for less and R'n'R it. I would consider a "bite the bullet" $1000 Skil 100, 676 or 190 that someone else had taken care of and kept up.
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
well read this whole thread...
then looked it up on the ''Suf Shop'''
it says ..............sold...
too bad , only one guy
didn't ' MISS ' the opportunity to own it..
congradulations to the guy that is turning on that
swell sound of the fresh skill planer.... my imagination
reels exstatickly .... wow planer porn...
cheapskate sour grape nay sayers
happy camping with harbor freight smells of burning electric motors.
melting plastic bodies clogging dust shutes waiting for replacement parts
wondering what that screaming bearing is saying to your inner ear...
that first cut just makes me wanna go clean up my shop of hoarded
junk to shape a new fresh shape.... that in itself
is worth a thousand bux I don't have...
up the revolution
aloha from waipouli
God bless Mr. skil planer .
ambrose M. curry III
Hi Ambrose, your post conjours up images/sounds/smells I've experienced. Terry Martin had told me to rely more on these things than science and engineering when it comes to shaping and planers.
Did you know the design which eventually became the Skil planer was invented by a butcher in Detroit? He was a hobby woodworker that made a prototype from a big hand plane and took it to his local hardware store who hooked him up with Skil in Chicago. Doctor Detroit I liked to call him. That guy sold the design rights, continued as a butcher, then bought a refined factory version from Skil for his hobby. Zappa once said: " Don't you know? You could make more money as a butcher.." (Cosmik Debris 1974).
talk to the esoteric group in the room
stare into the blue campfire at the photo of
the family butcher [reno tognetti my daads soccer teamate
all state champs 1939?coach P.J prince}
in another life was the 6 degrees of seperation
connection to dropping in at 12 foot hanalei
in the dawn's early light 1975....
yeah not the guy but to think the ripple effect
of a guy so remote to the apparent lives of
some guys like us so far removed from a butcher in 'detroit'
holds a candle to the sun in these days
we deal with a sense of our own mortality.
who was that guy thaat handed me
my first planer in terry debardaladen's parlor
after my mom drove me to the bank in linda mar...
a photo of this butcher guy on a t-shirt
moving a slice of the world population to tears
whadda short story construct to move a select
there are rooms worldwide where these implements
rest on alters covered in dust where devotees
close the doors behind themselves
and chant mantras in sync with audio
from bethoven to taj mahal and back
to gabby pahinui and johnny kameaaloha almeida
and on to the spectrum to diick dale and up to
bud shank and dizzy gillespie infinitum ...
only to open the one door to release
to the world another attempt to please
the greatest oceans fickle moods....
and Balboa came to the crest of the ridge
and beheld the vast blue and chose to call it
The Pacific that now owns the souls of many
a boy/man poor and rich alike only molecules in space.
rest in peace Y
the guy that shaped a board
on a picnik bench turned
upsidedown with a sureform,
he was from san diego
he din't even wait for a
delivery from harbor freight
in '68 sureforms cost $3.50
complete... why wait ...
Makes sense to me. But even Joe Biden makes sense to some folks. So what do I know?