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Forum topic by Shane posted 06-27-2013 05:24 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shane

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06-27-2013 05:24 PM

Including used, what would you recommend for someone who wants to get a power planer on a $200-$250 budget?

I just want to know what you guys consider to be the best value in that price range.


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CharlesA

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#1 posted 06-27-2013 05:27 PM

Are you speaking of a thickness planer or a hand held power planer?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 06-27-2013 05:28 PM

I have been fairly happy with my delta 12-1/2” lunchbox…

have had it for approx. 10 years now

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Shane

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#3 posted 06-27-2013 05:28 PM

Thickness

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Shane

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#4 posted 06-27-2013 05:29 PM

and is the correct spelling “planer” or “plainer” as I’ve seen it both ways?

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 06-27-2013 05:33 PM

Planer. For that price I would look for a used dewalt. Just saw a dw733 for 250.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 06-27-2013 05:35 PM

Planer. You have seen it correctly (planer) and incorrectly (plainer) ;-)

$200-250 is a pretty low range, you’re talking a used Delta, Ridgid, or DeWalt, and even those often for for above $250. I bought a reconditioned Ridgid that I’m pretty happy with, but it is the previous model to what is available now. I like mine, but some folks don’t like the newer model. It's $319.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Sandra

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#7 posted 06-27-2013 06:07 PM

I have the Ridgid 13” planer and love it. Bought it new at HD for 399, but that’s in Canada.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 06-27-2013 06:08 PM

Up your budget to $365 and you can get a new dewalt 734, a great planer.
I may do the same if I can pull the pennies together by the 30th.

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

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 06-27-2013 06:28 PM

Look for a used Dewalt 733, 734 , or 735. The 735 has automatic height locking, so you don’t have to reach in and flip the locking bar after every height adjustment. The 733 and 734 came with infeed/outfeed tables, where it is an add-on accessory for the 735. The 735 has a nice internal blower, so dust collection is excellent.

I would look for features such as pre-set depth stops at 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” etc.
Two speed rollers are nice, but not critical.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Loren

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#10 posted 06-27-2013 06:35 PM

With the portable planers, generally the heavier they are
and the longer the flip-out support tables, the better
the performance will be.

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 08-19-2014 04:57 AM

I have a Delta 13” for over 6 years and have been very pleased with it.

I have gone through four sets of double sided blades cleaning the finish off of some 100 year old oak and I did not like the results with chemical strippers.

I did not actually buy it, it was a gift I suggested and received.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Paul

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 05:34 AM

I’ve had the dewalt 733, 735 and a steel city with a helical style cutter. Recently got a killer deal off craigslist for a ridged, newest model. I won’t go back, the ball bearing indi cut measuring system is like nothing else on the market.

Paul

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giser3546

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#13 posted 08-19-2014 06:51 PM

Planer is one of those things where you’d probably be better off waiting and saving your cash to get the Dewalt 735. If you spend the $250 now on a planer you will probably end up buying a new more expensive one not too far down the line, costing you even more.

-- "If you wait for it to rain, It will"

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spclPatrolGroup

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#14 posted 08-21-2014 05:39 AM

I found a DeWalt 733 on craigslist that was pretty much new for $200, he ran one or two boards through it and never used it again. Watch craiglist long enough and you may luck out.

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