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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 03-04-2016 03:10 AM 555 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2016 03:10 AM

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I looked at a JET planer this evening and the guy’s asking $1250 which is about $1100 off what a new one would run. It comes with a good cord, a mobile base, he said sharp knives and I don’t know if it was an option or not, but it has three or four rollers on the infeed table and on the outfeeed table as well. It looks like new minus a little dust and he had what looked like less than 100 bdft. of maple and said that’s all that had ever been run through it. My concerns are, despite the fact that it has changed little if any in quite some time, this thing is still about 16 years old. Secondly, a 3hp motor on a 20” planer doesn’t sound like enough, I know it’s not going to plow off even 1/16” from an 18” wide red oak plank, but how underpowered will it seem. Most of what I do is cleaning up rough sawn lumber and flattening glued up panels, which I’m currently limited to 12 1/2” with my DW734 and I want to be able to do wider, 20” certainly fits the bill in that regard. I have the power, I have the dust collection, I can make the room but I’m really on the fence about this. It’s nicer than I expected, but I was really hoping he’d throw out a number like $800 so I wouldn’t have to think about it. Any suggestion? Anyone who owns this or has experience using this could comment and I would be very appreciative.
Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 12:09 PM

Ok, went to check it out again, this time not buried under a bunch of crap. It still looked good, but I started noticing many small things indicating it probably wasn’t that good of a deal. The icing on the cake was where it had been pushed into the drywall at the back of the garage and the seller said his wife was “learning to drive” when it happened. Some little scrapes and scratches here and there, but the height adjustment wheel (possibly the shaft too) was bent. The belts were shot, probably due to not being properly tensioned when it was being used and there was further evidence of that in the form of black powdered rubber everywhere inside the belt guard. The guy also couldn’t get it to turn on and stay on running off a 15 amp, 240V breaker. To me, If I can’t see a machine like that perform, it am minimum cuts the price in half, even if it’s already a good deal. Needless to say, I didn’t get it. I’m having quite the internal conflict right now deciding on whether or not to pull the trigger on a brand new one now at $1994.09 with free shipping and no tax for the next two days.

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