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Hey all, so I find myself in need of a planer and thicknesser.

I'm looking at the Titan TTB579PLN and the Erbauer ERB052BTE. Is the Erbauer definitely the one to go for or are they really just the same unit as is what happens with most tools in this price range? Didn't we used to call these jointers?

In the thicknesser mode, do they work as well as a traditional style unit like the Triton TPT125? Can units like the triton do edge planing or is it too unstable?

I have a project coming up where I'll be reusing some old scaff boards for decking and planter builds but in future I may wish to try my hand at bench/desktops.


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4 " belt sander far safer
a hidden nail/stone new blades required :shock:
for furniture you only need sand any faces
when you glue boards together rough edges will take the glue fine
when you cut the glued board to width you put the the sanded cut edge to the front
planing knocks all character out off the wood where as sanding can leave as much character as you like :huray:

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No point using old scaffolding boards and then running them through a planer, defeats the object.


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It's more for the cheap material than anything.


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to use a planer thicknesser on a say 13ft/3.9m plank you need full support for around 8ft before and 8ft after the table to give enough support you also need 13ft before and after to feed in and out the boards so around 30ft
they are extremely noisy and messy
cheap scaffold boards tend to be rejects past there best useful life so off poorer quality

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I normally cut down to size before hand. The boards I get seem be quite decent, I believe the company has to swap them out on x uses or age regardless of condition.

But anyways, I don't always use scaff boards.

4" belt sander ain't great for leveling off though. I could use my router on a couple of trams but that takes much longer. How about an handheld electric planes. Are they any good?


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have you looked at sawn timber if you want to save money on the material costs as planing can double the costs :dunno:

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bought this one about 10 years ago about £180 or there about [random link]
i had the same intention mostly to convert oak or other unfinished timbers but in the end it was just so much hassle used it perhaps a dozen times :lol:
https://www.sitebox.ltd.uk/fox-f2256425 ... _F22564250

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SamV wrote:
or are they really just the same unit as is what happens with most tools in this price range?


Can't help your enquiry but would point out

(i) that Erbauer is a brand of Screwfix (supposed to sound German???), Titan is joint product sourcing between Screwfix & Brico Depot, France - brico is the french term for 'diy'.

(ii) SFix, BD, - and B&Q - all belong to the same parent company, Kingfisher plc - as do the brands. The UK address of Erbauer for instance is Yeovil in Somerset, as is Screwfix, where the firm started before Kingfisher took it over and made the then owner a millionaire.

(iii) products are made in China, nuff said. May be fine for DIY limited use but no spares available.

(iv) You get what you pay for. This is why tradesmen use Festool, Makita & Dewalt.



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SamV wrote:
How about an handheld electric planes. Are they any good?

Great for planing in the edge of a door to get a fit - less than wonderful for smoothing wide boards because they all leave "tramlines" when the board width is greater than the planer head width (generally 80 to 82mm) which then need to be taken out with a hand plane and sander

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another reason i dont use it often is the weight
at around 30kg if one thing is going to give my nearing 65year old body a bad back or other long term problem this is it :lol:
i decided about 20 years ago that i would only ever carry/move/hammer whatever about half my bodies capacity unless absolutely no choice then tecnique as much as possible
and touch wood i have never had any problems with any parts off my body :lol:

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You poor old codger, B-A! Retirement before Christmas (me) and I still erect and climb scaffolding towers, swing 80kg fire doors and lump 50kg sheets of MDF around - mind you I'm not as quick doing it as I was even 10 years ago.....

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Job and Knock wrote:
You poor old codger, B-A! Retirement before Christmas (me) and I still erect and climb scaffolding towers, swing 80kg fire doors and lump 50kg sheets of MDF around - mind you I'm not as quick doing it as I was even 10 years ago.....


thats the point really :lol:
i have my body all be it a bit overweight and 80% off my large bowel missing :lol: :lol: :lol:
in good working order hopfully for my next 30 years :lol: :lol:
and because i have never done gluttony my reduced bowel capacity make virtually no practical difference :thumbright:

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