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Forum topic by Charlie posted 04-22-2012 05:41 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2012 05:41 PM

So there’s a factory refurb DW-734 on eBay. It has a Dewalt factory warranty with it. The place selling it is local to me and they allow local pickup so I could go get it and not pay shipping.

I see the 734 still at Home Depot for $399. If I can get it for 250-ish or something under $300, is that a decent deal? Or is $299 too high for that? I’m trying to gauge where to cap my bid. :)

I have a stack of “dressed” maple to be made into face frames for some cabinets I’m building. It’s straight line ripped 1 edge but I can see where it would benefit from being run through a planer for a fine cut so I was considering adding a planer to the shop.

Recently retired, I’m not in a position to spend tons of money, but I think I can justify a planer to “She Who Must Be Obeyed” because I see a lot of sources for (inexpensive) wood around me that would only really be usable if run through a planer.

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 09:21 PM

My general rule of thumb is that 50% off the price of new is a good starting point for used tools as they don’t come with any warranty. In the case of factory refurbished tools, 25-30% below the cost of the equivalent new tool is a fair price but only if it carries at least a 1 Year Factory Warranty.

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 09:58 PM

For something like that I’d go new for the longer warranty.

If you go recon’d though, that’s fine, just use the snot out of it for the first few months to make sure everything will hold up. Around $250 is a great price for a recon’d unit with a 1 year warranty.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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