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#1 posted 10-31-2012 10:25 PM

not a lot of money to spend but want to mill rough sawn lumber? then keep your eye on the used market.

you’ll see a lot of 6” jointers on the market…fine for some, not big enough for a production shop though IMHO (bed length is important…6” variety are usually about 4’ long, 8” about 6’ long…I wish I would have had the room for the latter when I bought the former).

planers…people here only opine about their personal experience which contains a lot of variables. e.g. what kind of wood they use, how often they use the machine, whether they might have a “lemon” (check out the “rebuild” shops to see how many of those come out of the factories) and what expectations they have for a $400-600 machine that does what a $5,000 machine does in a commercial shop. I own a Delta 13” and have learned to deal with the snipe and other flaws that come with any of the “portables” (light passes which explains why they built that roller into the top ). I have a friend that hated his D734 and traded up to a D735 and loves it.

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