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I receieved my MiniMax combo jointer/planer a couple of weeks ago but wanted to get some miles/feet on it before reporting. I like it - it is built 'hell fer stout' but is very easy to adjust and change between functions.
Speaking of the changeover, I timed the operation and surprised myself. Transition from Jointer to Planer - 1 minute 45 seconds! Planer back to Jointer - 1 minute 30 seconds! I was not rushing. The steps invoved: Removal of the "pork chop" guard; Removal of the Fence; Lift (pivot up) both tables; Switch chip hose from Jointer port to Planer port; Raise (crank) Planer table up to required height.
Photo # 2663 - Entire machine in Jointer mode.
Photo # 2660 - Jointer outfeed table in up position; note heavy casting.
Photo # 2661 - Jointer infeed table in up position; chip hose attached to Jointer port.
Photo #2662 - Planer feed roller (on left) and 3 knife rotor.
Photo # 2664 - Jointer depth-of-cut adjustment; turn the black knob; the scale is good.
Photo # 2665 - Mounting position for the slot mortiser;
I have not used the SM yet. To mount it (75# - ughh!) just slip it over the top two bolts till it rests on the bottom bolts then snug it in. The chuck mounts behind the cover at top. The construction and ease-of-motion is equivalent to the rest of the machine. Excellent.
I mounted the unit on an HTC 3000 mobile base - it rolls easily.
Not to like - The fence is a long, high, stout piece of aluminum; the mounting head is a solid piece of machined cast iron. Therefore it is awkward and unbalanced with nothing to grip on the fence because it is so wide (high). I am thinking of mounting a handle at the midpoint but will wait a while before I start to drill and tap.
I want to run some species in addition to cherry to check this out: it seemed that the surface finish after the planer was not as good as off the jointer. If this is true, a feather pass over the jointer after planing would solve the problem.
I certainly enjoy the 12" jointer and the long bed. The extra space provided by one machine rather than two is a welome bonus.