General International’s planer made a strong showing in this test. Its 14" support tables create slightly more than 4' of workpiece platform, which will help keep those long and unwieldy boards manageable. Two steel rollers on top make it easy to feed boards back over the machine to the operator, for those long surfacing sessions when two people share the job.
General outfits the cutterhead with three steel knives, mounted over jack screws and held in place with standard gib bars. They must be manually set each time you have them resharpened. But, unlike the Delta or Steel City planers, the knives on the 30-125 CE M1 are doubleedged,
so you can flip them to a fresh edge before it’s time to send them away for grinding.
During the planing test, this machine scored above-average marks for planing quality at both speed settings. Surfaces were impressively polished and largely mill-mark free. Dust collection
was efficient, through the machine’s steel dust hood and 5" hose port. Casters are
standard, and so is a large kill switch. Here’s a solid contender at a mid-range price.