Craigslist planer snag!

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Blog entry by Chase posted 04-20-2010 03:17 PM 2831 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 03:24 PM

Great find Chase and congratulations! I wonder if you could hook up one of those big gulp dust funnels near the chute. With a powerful DC, should be able to catch most everything without having to hook up an official port.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 03:44 PM

Nice score

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 03:58 PM

Its a sweetie.
Nice find and enjoy the shavings coming off this baby.
Flower box chips…..

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 04:20 PM

Heck of nice find!!! I’ve been on the look out for a planer, myself. I doubt that I’m going to find a deal like that, but you’ve givin’ a mick some hope.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 04:36 PM

nice find

i saw a fellow one time use a 6: PVC pipe with a wide slit cut in one side to receive the chips and caps on the ends with a fitting on one end to match his dust collector/shop vac

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 04:39 PM

Great buy. A lot of patience and persistence on craigslist eventually pays off. I would bet that if you contacted hitachi customer service you could buy a dust port made specifically for your model planer. A planer without dust collection will put you up to your ankles in wood shavings in no time flat.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 05:27 PM

Great find!

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#8 posted 04-20-2010 10:42 PM

good suggestion Greg, i did some searching and it appears hitachi doesn’t make the units any more. The best i could find was from these guys

has anyone had an experience with them? 35 bucks plus shipping is a little steep, but if it is the right part i might be worth the hassle of trying to rig up a half solution myself.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#9 posted 04-20-2010 11:07 PM

Hey Chase, I have never bought anything from this company, but if I remember right this company was called “Toolcrib” years ago and they had the same picture of the bear or whatever it is. I remember them advertising in most of the woodworking magazines. Hope this helps.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#10 posted 04-20-2010 11:10 PM

Thanks DAWG!!! teehee

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#11 posted 04-21-2010 02:51 AM

Nice find on the planer. Patience pays off. Looked at CL in my area for almost four months and then one day there it was. I found mine. Now you are ready to make some major sawdust.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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