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Forum topic by alexdom_89 posted 02-27-2012 03:36 PM 1227 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2012 03:36 PM

so i was browsing threw my local cl and found this,
im mainly interested in the planner what is a fair price for this old rockler planner?

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 04:09 PM

I don’t know about a fair price but I would not pay over about $200-$250. $300 will get you a brand new one from HF and while not the highest fit and finish, it does come with a warranty.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 04:13 PM

I’m with David, If they want anything over $200 for it I’d buy a new one.

-- - Martin

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 04:18 PM

Looks like an Invicta (Rockwell/Delta) RC33, a good quality
machine made in Brazil and worth from $300-700 on the
second hand market. Check the motor phase. It is certainly
a 240 volt machine and in the 300-400 lb range.

If you are a fan of New Yankee Workshop, this is the planer
used on the show, Delta’s standard small light industrial planer.
It’s a good machine and way more solid (not to mention
quieter) than any portable machine.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 04:29 PM

+1, Loren.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 04:52 PM

+1 to Loren also. It looks like the setting is a production shop, so the old axiom about a car on the outside reflecting the quality of the maintenance under the hood probably applies here.

Just because something new has a warranty doesn’t mean it’s good. It just means it is under warranty, and if there is a savings reflected in that price over an unwarranted machine, one must factor in the potential downtime and fuss if it must be returned.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 05:50 PM

I got a price a little out of my range but I’m still going to look at it, maybe ill work something out

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 10:22 PM

Alex, that machine will normally fetch 450.00 pretty quickly if its sound. For a 15 inch its probably in the top three ever made.

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 10:42 PM

Ask the guy why he is selling those items. Is he upgrading? Getting out of the business? Base your price on his answers. They could tell you how much wear is in it.

As for the Harbor Frieght… Yea I would not touch their power tools. I have seen their items just break at the castings. They might be under warranty but if an item isn’t even good enough to hold together then I don’t want high speed parts flying out hurting or killing someone. For the record I watched a head stock on their lathe break while a guy was turning an item. Scary…

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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