Fair price for a used Dewalt 375? Or, other good used planers out there?

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Forum topic by guitarchitect posted 11-30-2011 11:53 PM 2619 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2011 11:53 PM

I’m in the process of setting up a shop, a very modest one, to build some furniture with both hardwood and plywood. I’m trying to equip it, to start, with a drill press, table saw, and thickness planer, and maybe a 6” jointer. I made a post in another woodworking community soliciting tools, and someone offered me their DeWalt 735 with a stand, extra set of blades, and infeed/outfeed tables for $600. I would otherwise get the planer alone for $599+tax (CAD).

I hadn’t planned to purchase a stand but was going to build a rolling cart with shelves, but I doubt I can subtract the stand from the deal. Is this a fair price for everything, or should it be closer to $400-$500? Just wondering if the guy is seeing a new guy and trying to make a bit of a score… part of me feels like I’m buying a couple of things I don’t need just because it’s part of the package – though I’m sure I’ll be glad to have the extra blades on-hand when I need them, but I will definitely clarify with him how much life the mounted blades have in them!

I guess the final question is – are there equivalent planers that would do the job as well at a third/half the price on the used market? Are there any good legacy brands/models to keep and eye out for? Or should I take the plunge on a fairly-solid fairly-new tool?

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 11:57 PM

Generally speaking, buying used means you are not buying the value of the warranty. Typically speaking I would NOT pay more than 50% of original retail value for ANY tool unless it was something special. You may want to consider looking into maybe buying a DW735 from one of the refurbished tool stores. Typically sell at about 70-80% of retail, and include a warranty…

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 12:26 AM

Don’t overlook a good 733. Mine has been an excellent investment. Ya might find one for a song, and the blades can be resharpened. The 735 has great reviews, but I think the price you quoted is a bit too high.


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#3 posted 12-01-2011 12:30 AM

seems overpriced to me. 400+ would be more reasonable

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 03:33 AM

I think Purp is about right. A new 735 goes for about$599.99 at Lowes.(with out the stand)
As far as a stand goes, mine sits on the floor of my shop on a 9.95 HF dolly until I need it. Then it either goes on my work table or a B&D Workmate.
Bill White makes a good point about the blades. While I like my 735 I don’t like buying blades for it(55.00 a set)
While there are some good buys on Craigslist, there is some real stinkers there also. Keep doing your homework.
As a sidenote Ridgid has a decent planer(I think) a lot cheaper.

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#5 posted 12-01-2011 04:45 AM

Thanks for the insight guys – you pretty much confirmed my suspicion that the price was high. I was a bit iffy when he said “And I’ll let you have it all for half the price you would pay at ” when it really wasn’t half at all. Not to mention that I’d be buying a stand that I don’t want or need (I’d rather have it on a cart with wheels + shelves). I also knew that putting out a “I’m looking to buy _” post in a community is somewhat akin to putting oneself out to the wolves, despite the fact that there are plenty of good + honest woodworkers just looking to upgrade!

Thanks for the Ridgid info Howie – I will keep an eye out! I have heard good things about Ryobi’s planer too but can’t find them for sale anywhere

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#6 posted 12-01-2011 04:59 AM

Too much. It is nice to have the whole enchilada, as the infeed and outfeed tables are really significant to using that planer. Still, I would think you should be paying about $400.00 for the planer and tables. I wouldn’t worry about the cart. The 735 is a great lunchbox planer, but you need to think about what you need. The 733 is a great planer, I had one and was very happy with it.

My planer suggestions:

Rigid – (They are all over Craigslist (CL)) They are a GREAT starting planer, and the older ones have a lifetime warranty, but I’m not sure it’s transferrable.

Delta – Look for the 22-580. It is very well regarded as a solid planer. Not as common on CL as Rigid, but a very, very good small planer

DeWalt – Look for the 733 or if possible, the 734. Both are good planers and could be had for between $200 and $450. There are a lot on CL. I bought a 733 four years ago for $200.00 It did everything I needed as a beginning woodworker. These are also cheap to fix most repairs.

Makita – I don’t know the model numbers for these planers, but generally their lunchbox planers are top notch. Much harder to find used however.

Jet – Stay away from their smaller planers. This is from word of mouth, I don’t have actual experience with this planer.

I hope this helps. There is a lot of quality in most of these planers, don’t be afraid to wait for your deal. Generally, most are happy with all of them. Good luck on your search.


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#7 posted 12-01-2011 05:03 AM

Thanks Dwain, that was exactly the kind of invaluable info I was looking for. The ridgid looks and sounds like the best deal, I may wait for HD to put it on sale given there’s a lifetime warranty… I will also contact them to ask about transferring it (which would be completely invaluable).

So that settles that! Anyone have opinions on this jointer ? :)

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#8 posted 12-01-2011 05:35 AM

If it helps any, Woodcraft is selling the 735 with the infeed/outfeed tables (mandatory in my opinion) and an extra set of blades for $649. If you order by 12/24 you get a free Dewalt router.

Good luck!

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 05:51 AM

$600 is high for a used 735. You may, if possible look into using a 20% off HF coupon at HD on either Ridgid or Dewalt planer. The jointer seems a little high as well, for an older open base unit. Are these US dollars or Canadien? Good luck.

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#10 posted 12-01-2011 06:31 AM

Thanks Chuck, but I’m in Canada – so, not so much of a deal for me. And yeah Shane, those prices are all CDN. What’s the HF coupon you refer to??

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#11 posted 12-01-2011 06:40 AM

They have Harbor Frieghts here, they routinely put out a 20% off one item coupon. Home Depot, will honor it on most occasions. Can be a good savings on a spendy tool.

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