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60% off on a Planer...Should I keep it???

by BentheViking
posted 683 days ago


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derosa

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#1 posted 683 days ago

Thank the wife profusely for taking the time to think of you while she was shopping around. I’d use it; don’t know the overall quality but for 200.00 it can’t be that bad and you can always sell it later.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 683 days ago

I’ve never owned a craftsman planner but I’m not to fond of sears tools . I’d say a sears planner is better than no planner and unless you buy a used planner there are not any other new planners in that price range plus you do have a two year protection plan.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 683 days ago

Is that the model with the granite table?

Other than that, it looks very similar to my Delta that I have had for about 8 years and has served me very well. One of the major complaints with these table top units is snipe but I have never had that proglem with mine. I have gone through two sets of cutters due to planing 100 year old red oak that still had the finish on one side.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 683 days ago

That model is ‘made’ by Colovos which don’t actually make machines, but is a large Asian made tool importer with offices in Chicago and Taiwan. They source a lot of woodworking tools to Sears which are given the Craftsman and Craftsman-Pro brand. Probably not a high end machine, but for that price and with a two year service agreement, I would keep it at least until your service agreement is up. During that time, you can be on the lookout for a better replacement. If you get a replacement, or at the end of those two years, you can put it up on Craigslist and recover at least half or more of what you bought it for. Just a thought.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Jerry

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#5 posted 683 days ago

I would bet it is worth the 200.00 your wife gave for it. I probably would keep it myself. I started with the DW735, then a Jet 15” and now the Woodmaster 725 and none of mine were perfect. My feelings are none of the planners are going to be perfect and so finish sanding will be required but I am sure the Craftsman planner will do fine dimensioning lumber for you. My biggest concern would be longevity with the Craftsman product but if not abused it should serve you well until you are able to get a stronger unit.

My opinion is the only way to get a better deal then the craftsman you got would be to get one on CL and even then there is no gaurantee.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Sawdust4Blood

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#6 posted 683 days ago

I’m with Brad. Even if it’s not the planer of your dreams, in your position I’d used it at least as long as the service agreement and then replace it if you still want. Since it is a Craftsman, I don’t think you’d get much more than $220 for it on CL so I don’t see a profit opportunity there (I paid just a little over $300 for a new DW734 so I’m not going to give even that much for a Craftsman). Since you don’t already have a planer, I don’t think you can go wrong on a $220 planer with a 2 year service agreement. If you’re doing any significant amount of woodworking, you will quickly get her $220 back in savings by buying rough sawn vs S4S lumber. Heck I might even be tempted to run as much lumber through it as I could in the hopes that it would die before the end of 2 years and they will give you another one.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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knotscott

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#7 posted 683 days ago

”So my wife picked this (doesn’t matter what) up for me today.”

Read that statement and slap yourself in the back of the head! ;-) That’s a huge gesture on her part….I wouldn’t part with it unless there’s an obvious problem. She’s supporting you in something you love to do. I’d guess if you got rid of it in favor of another planer, it’d be the last tool (or “toy” of any type) she’d ever get for you.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Josh

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#8 posted 683 days ago

I’m with knotscott. If my wife picks me up a planer no way I’m returning it. It is like getting an ugly sweater from your grandma. You have to wear that bad boy with a smile.

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Tedstor

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#9 posted 683 days ago

I dunno. Looks like a pretty good machine to me.
Three blade cutter head
Granite tables
15 amp motor
Quick change blades
Cutter head lock
Available spiral cutter head upgrade

I’d say you got a better planer for $200, than most people get for $300+.

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 683 days ago

I agree with josh and scott. Use that thing. This is a must keep and talk nice moment. This is the okay to go out and buy some lumber and get to work. This is also the opportunity to see how much you really want a planer too.

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 683 days ago

+1 more for using it.

If my wife got me something like that knowing how much I love woodworking and then I sold it she would be heartbroken.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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patron

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#12 posted 683 days ago

lucky you

you know what they say
‘you can’t have enough planers’

i got 3 myself
10”/13”/20”

now i just need a harmonica

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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canadianchips

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#13 posted 683 days ago

Knotscott said it very well. If “You” don’t slap yourself on the back of the head, the rest of us WILL.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 683 days ago

I say it’s a keeper…. no question about it. Even if it is not exactly what you would have picked,

a) the price was right
b) YOUR WIFE BOUGHT IT FOR YOU
c) see B

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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waho6o9

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#15 posted 683 days ago

Use it and be grateful.

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chrisstef

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#16 posted 683 days ago

I mean 3 knife cutterhead for $200 .. ya cant get a used one for that kinda cash. I think that you will find that its gonna get everything done that you would like. It looks a lot like the deltas. Mines a 2 knifer and it does what i want. It aint gonna win any awards but it will plane wood. Wifeski’s a keeper.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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BentheViking

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#17 posted 682 days ago

My wife is certainly a keeper Chris. And thank you to everyone…

That being said more than me my wife loves getting a good deal and if we (not wholy she) spent money on something that wasn’t a good deal she would be far more upset than if I ended up not keeping it.

The biggest knack on the few reviews on the Craftsman site seemed to be that after not too many LF of wood, the knives nicked and could only be ordered online with a $15 shipping fee so they rang up to like $70 every project or two. To me this seems high, but I wonder if thats just my inexperience with this class of planer? I believe that Dewalt blades are resharpenable. Is that standard with these? Are the blades standard so that I can use the Dewalt ones on this machine?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Sawdust4Blood

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#18 posted 682 days ago

The DW knives are not recommended for sharpening (as is typically the case with any planer that uses indexed blades) because it’s really hard to sharpen all three knives so the new edge will be the exact same distance from the indexing holes. That being said, there are plenty of people who sharpen them.

In my experience, nicks will happen on all planer blades eventually and the frequency with which they appear has more to do with what you run through the planer than the make/model of planer. If you plane recycled pallet boards, you’re gonna see nicks like crazy. I also don’t change a set of blades just because a small nick has developed. Sure it’s great to have new blades that produce a perfectly smooth surface that requires no more work but at $60 a set for new blades (for my DW734), that would be a waste in my opinion. So I keep using my knives as long as they are sharp and clean up the lines from minor nicks with a couple of quick passes with a card scraper after planing.

I can’t speak specifically to the interchangeability of blades on that machine but normally the factories that make Craftsman machines for Sears are also making them for someone else too. So I would be surprised if there weren’t another planer out there whose 13” blades will also fit that planer.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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Jerry

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#19 posted 682 days ago

All planet blades will nick up, I would not let that affect you decision. Some blades are weaker then others and thus are more prone to getting nicked up, but in woodworking there must be one step that is utilized right after the planing step to ensure surface is prepped and ready for finish. In our shop we use a large wander and finish off with ROS. As mentioned a card sccraper can clean up planner marks. I don’t think you can take work piece from any planet straight to finish. The planner u now have might just serve your needs for the next 10 year’s, or maybe not. But I bet you get 200 worth of planning out of it.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#20 posted 682 days ago

Auto corrector on my HTC 4g LTE does not help making me look all that smart after re reading my recent post. Hmmmm.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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BentheViking

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#21 posted 682 days ago

Greg, thanks for the tip about manufacturers a quick internet search revealed that menards sells a masterforce planer that looks earlily similar as well as a $33 shipped set of replacement knives. Too bad i live in the northeast and have never even seen a menards, but it might be worth a shot

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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BentheViking

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#22 posted 682 days ago

After researching all night, including finding a pretty good review of it in wood magazine from a few years back as well as another in american wood worker magazine, so i guess the real key is the availability of quality blades…

Is it safe/recommended to use replacement blades for other planers that are not the one for your planer????

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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toolie

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#23 posted 681 days ago

check with this guy:

http://www.holbren.com/jointer-planer-knives/

he routinely gets rave reviews from posters on other forums as having quality products at fair peices.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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crashn

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#24 posted 681 days ago

My wife has never bought me a single tool. I have had a hollow chisel mortiser on my wish list for the last 2 xmas’s, bdays, fathers days, anniversaries and never got it. Thank your lucky stars. Use it and when the time comes, sell it and get the one you want. Lucky guy!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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BentheViking

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#25 posted 681 days ago

thanks for the tip toolie…doesn’t look like my exact size is on there, but they say if I contact them with the specs they may be able to add it

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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toolie

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#26 posted 681 days ago

i’ve never used him myself but i’ve never seen a negative comment about their products or business practices.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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lumberjoe

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#27 posted 681 days ago

The 3 Sears stores near me sell the replacement blades for the planer…. BUT they come in a package of TWO! You would need to pick up 2 packages and end up with a spare. It’s a decent planer by any measure, it’s an amazing planer at 60% off. Put it to work.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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