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JohnnyBeWood

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08-22-2017 01:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jet jwp-208-1 20 inch 20 plane question

Hello, this is my first post and question, I have the opportunity to purchase a used Jet JWP-208-1 20 inch Planer for roughly $400-$500. It’s from a local auction and am unable to test it but it’s said to work. The pics show that it needs cleaned up a bit. Would this be something worth putting a few bucks into or should I just get the DW-734? I’m beginning but thought it might be worth the risk. I currently have just about everything for my shop besides a planer and a bandsaw, 2 things left..

Appreciate any answers!


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#1 posted 08-22-2017 01:38 PM

Much heavier planer than a dw 734 and will last much longer and do more. You shouldbe all over this and not wasting time asking questions.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-22-2017 01:40 PM

If you have the power ( I suspect that’s a 240V/30 amp if it’s single phase) and can handle something that weighs that much (probably 700-800#) I’d get that Jet. Make sure it’s single phase just so your life will be easier. It makes no sense at all to compare that to a DW734 (which is a fine planer) so I’ll leave that part alone.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 08-22-2017 01:41 PM

Oh Yeah! 20” for $500, hell yes, even if you had to put another $500 into it for blades bearings or whatever, it’s one and done time…. I have the DW735, and I’m thinking about a 15” but don’t really have the space

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 08-22-2017 02:19 PM

HELL YES :<))

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JohnnyBeWood

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#5 posted 08-22-2017 02:22 PM

Thanks, I’ll see if I can get it. I never researched the weight, I’ll have to look that up. Im adding a 240v 30amp for my dust collector, I should be all set there. I’ll look into it more. My budget was $500, so that’s the reason for considering the DW734. I wasn’t sure if it would be a money pit or if this planer was worth repairing. Thanks again. Any more insight will be helpful, auction ends today at 7pm EST.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 08-22-2017 02:58 PM

Let us know the outcome, and you can handle those by yourself is you have an engine hoist (or rent one).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#7 posted 08-22-2017 04:11 PM


My budget was $500, so that s the reason for considering the DW734. I wasn t sure if it would be a money pit or if this planer was worth repairing.

- JohnnyBeWood

If you can get it for $500 bucks it’s a great deal but if you haven’t budgeted for potential parts/repairs/restoration you may have to spend your bandsaw money to get it into useable working condition. As a beginner, do you really have a need for such an industrial sized machine?

On the other hand, you could get the brand new DeWalt and know that you’ll be able to fund a bandsaw to complete your shop setup.

Not trying to discourage you. Just some food for thought. Either way, you’ll be one step closer to Nirvana!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#8 posted 08-22-2017 04:24 PM

Run over there with your cash in hand. This will make the dewalt look and work like a toy. Years ago i had a Dewalt 735 and when i upgraded to a 15” 3hp floor model grizzly planer with carbide cutters it made a world of a difference.

obviously if you are considering it you have space for it…so hurry up before someone beats you to it…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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JohnnyBeWood

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#9 posted 08-22-2017 05:09 PM


If you can get it for $500 bucks it s a great deal but if you haven t budgeted for potential parts/repairs/restoration you may have to spend your bandsaw money to get it into useable working condition. As a beginner, do you really have a need for such an industrial sized machine?

On the other hand, you could get the brand new DeWalt and know that you ll be able to fund a bandsaw to complete your shop setup.

Not trying to discourage you. Just some food for thought. Either way, you ll be one step closer to Nirvana!

- Ripper70

I don’t really “need” one that big, but it might be worth it if I could get it cheap enough. I bid on it a couple times and 1 other person was outbidding my by a few dollars each time so I stopped. Currently at $360 with 6 hours to go and it’s been up for 4 days. We’ll see how many people bid at the last minute. If it does go for too much I’m going to pick up the DW734, doesn’t seem like the DW735 is worth $200 more.

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Ripper70

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#10 posted 08-22-2017 06:52 PM


I bid on it a couple times and 1 other person was outbidding my by a few dollars each time so I stopped. Currently at $360 with 6 hours to go and it s been up for 4 days. We ll see how many people bid at the last minute. If it does go for too much I m going to pick up the DW734, doesn t seem like the DW735 is worth $200 more.

- JohnnyBeWood

Are you sure you’re being outbid each time and not pushing an already higher bid even higher? Not sure what auction you’re watching but if someone already has a $500 bid in place you won’t be the top bidder until your bid exceeds theirs. Allot of those MachineryMax type auctions have buyers that scalp bids in the last minutes before they close. Dollars to doughnuts, that if that planer is a bargain at $500 it’ll sell for considerably more. I’ve been frustrated by such auctions myself in the past and have found that it’s very nearly impossible to “steal” anything.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#11 posted 08-22-2017 07:08 PM

It’s likely to be a very satisfactory machine
at $500. The 4-post design is proven and
robust, a variant of an Invicta planer from
the 1980s that’s been imitated by Taiwan.

It’s also not too heavy and won’t be a huge
hassle to move. Many planers with that width
capacity are much heavier.

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JohnnyBeWood

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#12 posted 08-23-2017 01:45 AM

Didnt get it. It ended up going for $562. With MI tax it puts it near $600. I did look up the weight, looks like it’s around 600 lbs. No easy way to load/haul it for me. Guess I’ll be getting one of the smaller DeWalt models. Like someone above said, the extra cash will go towards a bandsaw now.

Thanks everyone for the replies.

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