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06-03-2014 07:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer thickness planer benchtop planer lunchbox planer ryobi dewalt makita steel city rigid craftsman delta

Ok, I now there are no really good and really lightweight planers out there but I need to find the best I can get for up to 300 USD, hopefully a lot less.

I am going to take it as checked luggage on a spirit flight to Colombia so it MUST be lightweight, not going to be a tool for life just for a few projects and then hopefully we will be moving to the states and I will get myself a good old heavy planer to restore.

So for now any tips? Used is great if in good condition, not much chance of getting parts in Colombia.

The lightest ones I have found so far is the Ryobi AP1301 but they do not have the head lock that the older AP1300 had, anyone knows a good AP1300 for sale and anyone know how much it weighs?

I greatly appreciate all help, will be landing in Miami on the 20 of august and leaving on the 24. So I want to have something sorted before I go back down.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 07:57 PM

Any of the decent to good ones will be at least 60-80 lbs. Any machine that weighs less than that is not likely to work too well. The only exception to that in my experience was that I used to have a Ryobi AP10 that was build like a tank. However, they stopped making it 15 or 20 years ago. My suggestion would to take a couple of hand planes. Similar cost, lighter weight, and you will keep them for a lot longer. Of course, dimensioning lumber will take more time.

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 08:06 PM

I think you’re going to find a planer still pretty heavy in a

The old Ryobi AP-10 may be the lightest planer. They
don’t make it anymore. Harbor Freight may have
sold a knockoff for awhile.

You might consider hand planes. I surfaced plenty of wood
with hand planes when I was starting out. It’s sweaty
work but I learned a lot from it.

For slabs or removing a lot of wood to get to a gauged
line (after one face is flattened) a handheld electric planer
can be used. The technique is similar to hand planes
but it’s faster to hog wood off.

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 08:23 PM

You didn’t mention the scope of the few projects you have to do. Would a hand plane do? Much cheaper and much lighter.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 08:27 PM

that powertec from amazon looks like a bargain

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 08:30 PM

That’s Powertec

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 08:31 PM

Used to used a Delta portable planer. It di snipe a bit, though. Found out I could run scrap ahead of, and after a good board, so the roller feed won’t drop down. I think mine was around $225 or so???

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 08:35 PM

Are the Colombian outlets compatible with the planer’s

electrical requirements?

Good luck now.

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 10:12 PM

Waho raises an important point. So many areas of the world have only 220v. available..

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 10:42 PM

Yes we are on standard US system, both plugs and 110 v (should be but varies a lot so everything I have runs through a stabilizer/regulator).

Might take a rali handplane with me as well but that is not really an option since I am going to remodel an apartment into three separate unit as an apartment hotel so I am planning on doing all the carpentry myself, so maybe a few projects was an understatement… Going to do the whole thing in an industrial rustic style though so I don’t need perfect results but it needs to function well.

I have bought so called planed cedar boards here but they are so sniped and not square so I am planning on building a sled and long in/outfeed tables and take light passes to straighten up and get rid of the worst surface before sanding.

There is a ryobi 10” on ebay now
is this the one you are talking about? Any idea on how much it weighs? Could one take it apart and pack the parts separately to get under the weight limit?

Spirit’s charges for over weight so I need to find out what is cost/quality effective
41 – 50 lbs. (18 – 23 kg) $25
51 – 70 lbs. (23 – 32 kg) $50
71 – 99 lbs. (32 – 45 kg) $100


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#11 posted 06-03-2014 10:56 PM

I’ve owned this Craftsman planer for at least 10 years (I’m sure much longer though), and it still performs like when I bought it. I’m surprised and may have got lucky with a “newer” Craftsman product, but it may be worth a look….. On sale for $249

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#12 posted 06-03-2014 11:00 PM

I have a ryobi ap10 which is cheap and effective.

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#13 posted 06-03-2014 11:05 PM

I don’t know how much the Ryobi weighs. That seller won’t ship

Regular lunchbox planers are easily disassembled. You may need some
allen wrenches and box wrenches to do it.

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#14 posted 06-03-2014 11:38 PM

Found a manual for the AP10 and it weighs 57,2 pounds according to the specs listed. Maybe the seller could be convinced to ship if no one else pays what he wants.

Does the Craftsman have a cutter head lock? Can’t find the info on the webpage. Some reviewers state that it is too weak (12 amp)?

Saw that Craftsman got a helical head planer as well at only 399, sounds cheap? Anyone tried that one?

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#15 posted 06-03-2014 11:46 PM

HF has one on sale for a little over $200 using a 25% off coupon. Their shipping rates are pretty good too. Looks like it has good reviews.

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