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Mark Smith

491 posts in 671 days


#1 posted 665 days ago

Charlie, I looked at the Dewalt Planer and I’d like to have it, but I saw some not so good things about it on this website and others. Dewalt is clearly a good brand, but is that planer sturdy enough to actually do the work? Some of the complaints appeared to be about the blades that came with the planer, but those are easily upgraded. And I’ve also seen the cheaper jointers too but again I’ve bought cheap tools before and in the end it cost me more money when I’ve had to get rid of them to get a better tool. I thought I may be pushing it going down to a thousand dollar jointer even.

Loren, the place is Tracy is almost next door to me and I’ve bought several things from them. Actually just got a huge lot of wood in one of their auctions. I did get a nice 14” Jet bandsaw in one of their auctions ($237 and it was near brand new) but they don’t auction off a lot of smaller power equipment. Most of what they have is heavy industrial stuff and if you get too big of an industrial type planer (even if the price is right) you have to hook it to an external dust collector. I have internal dust collectors and under the uniform fire code you can’t hook the bigger planers to those. So far I haven’t seen anything go through their auctions that I could use. Also not all of their equipment is in Tracy. They run the auction out of Tracy, but I’ve seen the equipment in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. When you’re looking for a bargain those shipping costs can ruin it.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com


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