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Forum topic by firefytrdan posted 03-24-2008 11:52 PM 971 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2008 11:52 PM

If you had to choose between a “like new” Dewalt DW735 13” thickness planer or a factory reconditioned planer for the same price. Which would you choose and why? I’m trying to weigh out the pros and cons of both. I welcome any and all opinions.

-- Hey! who cut one?

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 11:58 PM

I’d go with the reconditioned. But i’d also ask about the guarantee & did they replace/sharpen the blades?

I have had many reconditioned tools over the years & do not remember having any problems.


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#2 posted 03-25-2008 12:21 AM

The difference IS the warranty. Used you get bupkis. Recon you at least get some warranty. I’ve bought several tools that are refurbs and have had only one problem. It was with a Bosch jobsite boombox and even then, Bosch replaced it, no questions asked. Try that with “like new.”

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 12:25 AM

With a used machine, you will probably not get a warrantee, but with a factory reconditioned, they usually carry at least a 1 year warrantee. With a modern portable planner, I would go with the factory reconditioned. They use a universal motor which will eventually burn out. With a heavier machine, like a table saw or heavy duty planner I would consider getting used.

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 12:29 AM

Reconditioned is the way to go, no question.

Brand new tools coming off the assembly line are not all inspected for quality. It would take too much time to inspect every tool made.

A reconditioned tool is almost always inspected. Someone has to check it when it comes in to find out if it needs to be worked on. If some work has to be done to the tool to recondition it, it will usually be inspected again before being resold.

Also remember that a high percentage of reconditioned tools are really just customer returns that have never even been used.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 01:48 AM

I agree and appreciate all the comments. I have to agree that the reconditioned is the way to go. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t something I was missing. Thanks for the comments

-- Hey! who cut one?

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 08:52 PM

My personal choice, and again this is my choice, would be to spend the extra dollars to get a planer powered with an induction type electric motor. Having blades that I can re-sharpen myself would be another big plus.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 11:20 PM

Of the two choices I’d take factory reconditioned. There is probably some kind of warranty, while the like new probably doesn’t.

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 11:46 PM


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