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Challenge Xtreme 900W Planer

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      11.11.2014 12:55
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      Advantages

      • "Does what it's supposed to do."
      • lightweight
      • "powerfull enough"
      • "Easy to use"

      Disadvantages

      • none

      It's plane to see that you can buy nice quality at a low price

      The one in the picture is blue but the one I have is a grey colour, which looks better than blue...!!!
      Anyway, this is nice lightweight machine, giving 900watts of power, that has a handle at the rear with a yellow trigger in the underside of the handle so that it can be easily pulled by the finger. There is plenty of room around the handle so it's great for using whilst wearing gloves. Also, next to the yellow start button, there's a locking button that, when the trigger and this button are pressed together, locks the trigger in the on position, which means you can let go of the trigger and the motor will carry on spinning.
      Toward the front there is a yellow front handle/pressure knob, which also acts as the blades depth control, numbering around it in 0.5mm depths. Simply turn this knob one step at a time and away you go.
      To the side of the handle there is another yellow plastic 'thing', this is the dust extraction area and is a covering that can be taken off so that a vacuum hose can be attached.
      The belt is housed inside a black plastic covering and is easy to get too, using a few screws, if the belt ever needs changing. I used this plane for over two years, on and off, and the belt lasted the entire time, and probably still is, somewhere.

      It does exactly what it is designed to do, it planes the edges of the wood and it does it with ease, shaving through with no hassles or snags at all. It has the power and the ability to make you planing job a lot easier.
      It may vibrate a bit but not enough to warrant any upset to your hands. The blade itself is as good as any other and, as long as you don't constantly hit any metal nails, it should last you a long time.

      The mains cable is a good 2.5 metre so that you're not stuck right next to a plug socket in order to use this, which is nice to know

      The cost of this plane was about £40, but some places are selling it for a bit less these days, £20 - £30, which, even for the £40 mark, is good value for what this offers.

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