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11-06-2012 04:56 PM

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I have a friend selling her dad’s DW734 planer. I think it’s only been used a few time, so it should be in very good condition. I know this model retails for $399 at Home Depot, but my local Home Depot routinely honors the Harbor Freight 20% Off coupon, so really I could get a new one for $320 plus tax. It also sells on Amazon for about $360 with free shipping (Amazon Prime).

What would be a fair price for a lightly used DW734 planer? I don’t want to seriously haggle or take advantage of my friend, but I also don’t want to overpay for a used machine when I can get a new one (with warranty, brand new blades, etc.) for $320.

Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 11-06-2012 05:10 PM

New it’s about $400 so used it’s worth no more than $200, period.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 05:38 PM

What Michael said. Maybe a bit more if it has extra knives, a stand, etc.

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

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 05:47 PM

60% to 70% of new price, depending on condition and accessories. I’d offer $250, probably, which is a bill less than you’d pay in the store…though I’ve never gotten my Lowes or HD to honor HF coupons.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 05:48 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the fast response. If it has extra knives I’ll factor that in. I don’t want a stand, because I plan on building a nice flip-top rolling cart to house it and some other benchtop tool.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 05:49 PM

My local HD has never refused to honor the HF coupon; I got my Ridgid 4512 for $100 off, and my miter saw and oscillating sander for $40 off :-).

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 05:52 PM

Roughly $200-$225, give or take a few bucks.

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 05:55 PM

Thanks much. I’m thinking $200 sounds pretty reasonable.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 05:57 PM

That’s $250 so as not to insult your friend. $200 otherwise…or if he’s a sucky friend. ;)

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#9 posted 11-06-2012 06:31 PM

In the interest of not wanting to haggle with a friend, I said I’d take it for $225. I explained that if she wanted more than that, I’d rather just get a new planer for $320 and have the peace of mind of new parts, blades, warranty, etc. She’s a very good friend, and I’m sure as hell not trying to nickel and dime her – I’d just rather pay a little more premium for a new machine.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#10 posted 11-06-2012 06:34 PM

Sounds like a good plan. :-)

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

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#11 posted 11-06-2012 07:24 PM

Ok, new question. I think my friend is going to let me take it home to test it, since she doesn’t have time to wait around while I check everything out at her place. What should I do to give this thing a good once-over, to make sure everything is in order? I’ve never used a planer before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#12 posted 11-06-2012 07:31 PM

I’d put some maple or something through it. Look for uneven cut, excessive snipe, or arks running the length of the board that could indicate damaged knives. Test the full width of the planer (run the board back through a couple times). Don’t try to shave off too much at a time. Make sure the machine doesn’t seem to be making wierd noises, vibrating excessively, smoking, spitting out chucks of sharpened steel all over the room, etc.

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#13 posted 11-06-2012 09:04 PM

Let them offer first.

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#14 posted 11-06-2012 09:17 PM

She offered $200, willing to drop the price if there are any problems. Seems more than fair to me.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#15 posted 11-06-2012 09:29 PM

Clean the rollers with alcohol, and wax the tables. Then lower the cutterhead to take just a little off (~ 1/32”), lock the cutterhead, and feed the board in….catch in on the other side. Wear hearing protection.

p.s…hook a DC to it if you have one….a planer is a chip spitting monster.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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