The gods of craigslist smiled upon me again a few weeks ago. I have been on the look out for a planer to open up the possibility of using rough woods for my projects. A guy on craigslist posted a hitachi planer with stand for 90 bucks. It looks like it has been sitting around a while, but not really used much. I added the casters and bottom shelf myself. I think the planer is about 350 new, and the stand is at least another 50 bucks on top of that. I have shoved a few test pieces through and the blades appear to be in decent shape. So other than the fact that I am going to have to rig some kind of dust collection port I am in business! Its idea of DC is to launch all the shavings out of a wide chute in the back.
-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.