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Forum topic by daveborg98 posted 11-11-2015 04:08 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 04:08 AM

I am looking to get a planer and while I would love to get the Dewalt 735, it is a little steep on price for my budget. The cheapest I have found used is $450.

I have come across the Craftsman 112.23490 that has been restored (paint and bearings) and is only needing a set of blades. The motor is a 1.5HP Marathon motor. The asking price is $300 (maybe able to get it a little cheaper). Would this be something to consider or are the features of the newer models worth the extra price?

I am also considering the Steel City 40305 ($399 @ woodwerks) but the only question is about the cutter heads availability.

To add a little info, I have a bunch of Ipe that I would like to use for boxes and such but I also know that this will require sharp blades and a lot of patience.

Any input is appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-11-2015 01:41 PM

Good rebuildable motor vs universal motor, steel vs plastic, I would think that Craftsman unit is much more machine than the DeWalt. I would look over on the Vintage Machinery and ask a question or two there. Here’s one in action:

http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=5343

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 02:15 PM

Well, I think I will go with the Craftsman as from everything I am reading, it is a good solid machine. It will go pretty well with my Craftsman 113 tablesaw as well. I am getting it for $275 which seems like a decent price…not the deal of the century but a fair price still. The only thing I will need to do it fabricate a strong enough base for it and the motor.

This should complete my shop…....for now. :)

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 06:11 PM

I would definitely go with the Craftsman (Parks). The Parks planers pop up on craigslist all the time because they are reliable machines that are still spinning after all this time. $275 is a fantastic price if it has really been gone through and had the bearings replaced. Make sure you run a board through and listen for any weird vibration. Before blades hit wood, it should sound smooth and consistent.

Try moving the table up and down and bring s straight edge to check the tables. If everything checks out, don’t go home without it.

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 07:10 PM

I will plan on testing it out and listening for anything on it. Also, if the bed is not flat, would it still be worth getting it milled flat or would it be more than it is worth?

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 07:14 PM

I will plan on testing it out and listening for anything on it. Also, if the bed is not flat, would it still be worth getting it milled flat or would it be more than it is worth.

Figure on replacing bearings/belts and sharpening the knives at the very least. New bearings are cheap insurance, as you have no clue as to what use/abuse it has been subjected to over the years. If the table isn’t flat (highly unlikely), an auxiliary table will solve that problem easily and at the same time, let you plane thinner material.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 07:26 PM

Supposedly the bearings were replaced when the seller refurbed it. I will need new knives (said so it post).

It does not however come with a stand, but I have plenty of steel and a welder to fabricate one or make a good one out of wood.

As to the auxiliary table, I think that is the way to go if it is not flat.

I must say…there is a soft spot in my heart for old/vintage machines and the simplicity of them. Not to mention the sheer ruggedness of their construction.

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 01:33 PM

I’ve picked up a couple of old Craftsman belt/disc sanders at auctions, one as $2.50 and the other $4. I got a Delta Homecraft jigsaw with the retirement lamp for $2.50. A 4 inch Craftsman jointer was a couple of dollars. People would prefer buying Harbor Freight stuff. That’s okay, it’s more good old steel for the rest of us.

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