Reliant Planer?

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Forum topic by Shane posted 07-16-2013 11:41 AM 6506 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2013 11:41 AM

Does anyone know anything about this? Looking for a planer and this is either a good deal or a piece of junk…

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 01:23 PM

Reliant was a line of tools in the 1980’s-90’s. Asian clone type stuff, when quality was pretty low. NOT top of the line by any stretch.

HOWEVER, for $100, or even offering $75 it’s better than not having a planer.

The extra knives are a plus. Just know you will most likely have to cut off the snipe at the ends of each board.

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 03:04 PM

Think about parts/repairs. Might run forever, but ….....


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#3 posted 07-16-2013 04:43 PM

I’m just a little gunshy on this one because it looks like junk from the pic. Might not be but the last thing I need is something that isn’t going to work.

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 04:56 PM

I would be concerned about the “rubber” rollers and if it has a drive belt or a chain.
After sitting around for so many years, unused, they may have become brittle/too hard. The belt may snap , the rollers may not grip the wood to feed it into the knives properly, or might come apart in chunks when you put it to work. Just a thought as they weren’t that good of a machine to start with. I would chance it for $50-$70, but not $100. Parts availability and no warranty would keep me looking elsewhere. JMO : )

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 08:27 PM

I’d skip the reliant….it was a fairly unknown brand when they were being sold. It’s been more than 10 years. There’s an old Delta 22-540 near you that’s more of a proven performer. They’re known workhorses. Any planer without a cutterhead lock or a 4-post screw design will snipe more than others, but with good technique it can be manageable.

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