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    rockwel rotary plane?

    What is it and do I need it? and by need I don't really mean need because I know the answer is no. And by "do I want it" I mean that rhetorically because I do not think there is a tool i do not want to own, except the electric booger gobbler I saw at a place called the funky chicken art farm. I don't want that. But without knowing exactly what a rotary plane is capable of I can not tell how bad I want it.

    it is only $400 and it has a tilting table and extra cutters.

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    Do you mean this? Here is an article from 1969.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=kiY...iplane&f=false

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Meyer View Post
    Do you mean this? Here is an article from 1969.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=kiY...iplane&f=false

    that was a really interesting read. I now also know how to get my car started when its really cold out. I mean I would if I had a carburetor on my car.
    this machine was $289 new (in 1969) . I wonder if they still make it. If they don't then the $400 asking price is a little steep.

    I am guessing you knew what it was because you knew it was called the uni plane. Seems like an odd type of jointer.

    Thanks for the info Bob.

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    Yes, I recognized the name. I remember when they came out. Didn't last very long I don't think.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Meyer View Post
    Yes, I recognized the name. I remember when they came out. Didn't last very long I don't think.

    Bob

    Must not be too useful of a design then. $400 is way too high. And I already have a jointer any way.

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    A lot of pattern makers and machine shops like them they were GREAT finger removers. VERY dangerous machine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    A lot of pattern makers and machine shops like them they were GREAT finger removers. VERY dangerous machine
    But but that's not what the article said Jay. "could almost remover the fuzzy of a peach with out harming the skin"
    Got to be one of the funnest things I have seen in advertising.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    But but that's not what the article said Jay. "could almost remover the fuzzy of a peach with out harming the skin"
    Got to be one of the funnest things I have seen in advertising.
    Thats why the pattern makers like them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    A lot of pattern makers and machine shops like them they were GREAT finger removers. VERY dangerous machine
    I can see the dangerous part but how were they helpful in making patterns?

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    Kind of reminds me of the wagner safe-t-planer.

    It would mount on a drill press and you could use to to plane small pieces of wood.

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