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Forum topic by Somann posted 04-11-2016 02:41 PM 613 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2016 02:41 PM

A coworker owns an older Shopsmith planar. I don’t know a lot about it yet, other than a photo he took of it in his shed. Its a 12” planer, cast iron infeed/outfeed, there is a dust port out the top on the photo. Its 120 volt. It appears to be a nice size unit for some light duty planing. If anyone has any knowledge of experience with them, your input is appreciated. He would like to sell it, but has not told me what he is looking to get for it. I don’t want to low ball, if its worth buying I want to make a fair offer.


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#1 posted 04-11-2016 03:57 PM

SS had 2 styles, The Pro Planer which I think has the cast iron tables is a very good planer, it has a separate feed motor that is variable speed. If a free standing model, where as it has its own drive motor, the few I have seen on CL sell for about 350-400$.

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 02:48 AM

I have one of the other “style” if you will. They are identical except that the standard model uses the powerhead of the SS for a power source and mounts on the SS way tubes and the ProPlaner has its own stand and motor.
The quality is excellent and I would put it up against any “lunchbox” planer. IMHO it is superior.
Check it out and see how it runs. If it is working it is worth buying. Only you however know what it is worth to you.

And yes, it will handle some light duty planing.

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