|Forum topic by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler||posted 1449 days ago||914 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
1449 days ago
The wife and I travelled to a small city about 50 miles away to buy some nice hardwoods. This guy has burls and galls, curly maple, curly walnut, curly everything.
So on the way home SWBMT (She Who Buys Me Tools) turned to me, talking over the boards that were too long to stay in the back of the Outback, and said, “Well, now you need a planer, don’t you?”
After my head cleared a bit I stammered, “Yes, Honey, I think you’re right about that!”.
Now I’ve been searching the Internet for about two hours, looking for reviews and prices on planers. I know I want a 12.5” or 13” wide machine and I don’t want to spend thousands (I don’t have access to thousands), so I kept my search in the range up to about $500 or $600.
My problem is that I’m seeing both some raves and some devastatingly bad reviews about every planer in that range. Delta, DeWalt, Grizzly, Ridgid and Makita all seem to have machines in this range and there’s some very nice features on some, but for every nice feature I find some serious reviews that seem to point out nasty design or manufacturing defects.
So, all you woodworkers with planers, tell me your experiences. I especially want to hear about newer machines, but if there’s an oldie I should try to find, I want to hear about it, too.
Here’s me, waiting for all that good advice!
-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.