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Forum topic by SirTonka posted 09-02-2013 11:20 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SirTonka

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09-02-2013 11:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer question

I’m located in middle Georgia and live out in the country surrounded by big forest. Have yet to reach out to any local woodworkers for help, but figure asking on lumberjocks could lead me in the right direction.

Currently I am searching for a good planer, be it ancient or modern. The online searches have not been hitting on much. Looking for something in the 15 inch range, or anything built to handle a steady workload daily.
Budget $300 max

Top picks are Makita, Hitachi
Followed by any big iron, Parks

Recently bought a Makita 9820 for sharpening, a regular knife system works just fine.
Prefer a planer that has fine tuning adjustments, infeed outfeed, breaker pressure bar, rollers.
3 or 4 blades and easy access and adjustment for blade maintenance.

Just started out in woodworking as a career, so any restoration project requiring some sweat equity is fine by me.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 11:25 PM

Wow that’s kind of a tough one given your requirements and price range.That price is more in the range of a used 12’ lunch box style planer.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Loren

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 11:48 PM

Look at auction sites… IRS (industrial recovery services) auctions.

Belsaw 12” machines can be got in that price range. They
do moulding too and are capable planers.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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MisterBill

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 11:26 AM

Are you willing to travel to pick one up? Is so, how far? The reason that I ask is because used planers seem to show up on Craigslist all of the time.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 02:01 PM

Have you checked out Redmond Sales in the Atl. area?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 02:03 PM

Dewalt 733 or 734.

735 if you can swing it.

Gotta start somewhere and one of these is better than nothing.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 03:04 PM

$300 for a good 15” planer is going to be difficult. I too have used Redmund in Atlanta with excellent results and can highly recommend them.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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bowedcurly

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 03:14 PM

KNoxville Craigslist has a add for used woodworking Equip and he will deliver, has big planers and small planers 12in to 24 in all kinds of 15 inch planers

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 03:19 PM

I’m really please with the previous model I bought reconditioned:
http://www.cpoprotools.com/factory-reconditioned-ridgid-zrr4331-15-amp-13-in-bench-planer-with-3-blade-cutterhead/rgdrzrr4331,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=ridgid-planers-and-routers

$299 plus free shipping

BTW, I know you’re looking for a bigger one, but you’re going to have to hit the motherload deal (someone who doesn’t know what they have) to find a decent 15” for $300.

-- "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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CharlesA

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 03:22 PM

I don’t have any experience with this Porter cable, $249: http://www.cpoworkshop.com/factory-reconditioned-porter-cable-pc305tpr-12-1-2-in-benchtop-planer/pcbrpc305tpr,default,pd.html?ref=PLA-pcbrpc305tpr&origin=pla&zmam=31282435&zmas=47&zmac=45&zmap=pcbrpc305tpr&gclid=CM3CgO3Dr7kCFdAWMgodmHMAgA

-- "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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bowedcurly

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 03:24 PM

all kinds of lunchbox planers in nashville craigslist

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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SirTonka

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 04:22 PM

Thank you all for the recommendations and advice, have put in a request with redmond for a Makita.
My driving range for a great deal is anything within reason, a day’s round trip 800-1000 miles total.
Any more and it is starting to be impractical, although a road trip vacation/ equipment purchase combo is an option.

$300 is what I have budgeted for at the moment, next month I will be able to add another $300.
I’d rather wait on a machine that I can grow into over time than settle for something that will continually frustrate.

On the practical side of moving large equipment, what is a good solution for moving around 400lbs+ machinery and what tools are required?

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Loren

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#12 posted 09-03-2013 04:27 PM

Oh, a 400lb machine can be moves in a truck or SUV with
no problem. Get a piece of plywood at least 30” wide
x 60” long and lean that against the tailgate, then
tip the machine onto the ply and lift up the end and
slide it in.

Of course removing motors and other heavy components
for moving can be done with wrenches and screwdrivers
if desired.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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HorizontalMike

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 05:55 PM

”...My driving range for a great deal is anything within reason, a day’s round trip 800-1000 miles total. ...”

That amount of gasoline will add up to ~$150-$200. Add that to your budget of ”$300 Max” and you now have $450-$500 to budget for a planer. And that puts some good NEW lunchbox planers into consideration.

I have a Ridgid 13in Planer I picked up from HD for ~$400. I have even been able to run my workbench top halves, 3in x 12in x 90in, through it successfully. Had to build my own infeed/outfeed ramps but it works.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100634358?productId=100634358&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_sku=100634358&ci_src=17588969&cm_mmc=shopping-_-googleads-_-pla-_-100634358&ci_gpa=pla

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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bowedcurly

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#14 posted 09-03-2013 09:12 PM

most 15in planers have built in bases so they are not hard to move around, and I would defintely go with a bigger planer, but the down side is really need a lunchbox to, for small stuff. I had a craftsman 13in but I had some problems with it but it planed great but since I have a 15 now I have planed lumber for 3 hrs and never stopped with a lunchbox you really wont get that run time without a fault but I could be wrong to really I would like to have both, you can pick up a lunchbox cheap at auction just watch the estate sales thats a great place to pick one up

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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SirTonka

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#15 posted 09-03-2013 09:50 PM

Not sure I totally grasp the necessity of having both a lunchbox and 15+ planer, are you using the lunchbox for iffy quality pieces?

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