Pros and Cons of this planer please

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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 02-22-2012 12:24 AM 1655 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2012 12:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer harbor freight pros cons

I just happened accros this while checking out CL and wondered if these things are any good. Do they have a locking head or would a person be buying a headache? I’m still researching, I’m slow at making a decision.

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 03:48 PM

Buying that tool at HF will be a gamble. Both reviewers had to tinker with it. If it’s not on sale for $100-150, I would buy a better planer used off Craigs List and tinker with that. Good luck. -Jack

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 03:58 PM

You could buy a new Ryobi for less than that and it’s a very similar machine.
Virtually all these lunchbox planers use the same motor/drive assembly.
Somebody must manufacture these under a sub-contract.
The difference is in the frame, height adjusting mechanism, dust extraction and housing.
That being said, the part of the HF that is different from other brands looks looks inferior to me.

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 04:11 PM

This is a newer model from their old Heavy Duty 12-1/2” planer, which I have.
So far, I’ve replaced all the bearings and drive chain with USA made replacements.
Fact is, it’s running better now than when I bought it. I’ve put a few thousand board feet through it too.

The only issue I currently have is that the feed rollers are rubber and they are wearing out pretty fast.

The new version looks more lightweight and gimmicky to me. Not sure I’d buy that one. The old one weighs a ton.

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 04:37 PM

For $100 or so it would meet your needs. As Crank49 says,
most lunchbox planers are closely related under the hood.

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 10:36 PM

Thanks guys, I think I’ll just be patient and keep watching including CL. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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