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Forum topic by rfulford posted 06-06-2014 04:22 AM 1555 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2014 04:22 AM

Hello, its my first post so I suppose an introduction is in order. I am a new woodworker who has been slowly building up a collection of tools over the last year. I wanted to build frames for my photography and decided to start off my shop by building a workbench. One thing led to another and now I am hooked.

Now,I constantly have a project or two going. I am currently looking to add a thickness planer to my collection. I have had really good luck buying used so far but planers rarely come up used in my area. Suddenly, I am seeing them everywhere and I am having problems deciding. Bargains rarely come up where I live. Alot of the ads I see are ridiculously high priced for used tools when compared to cities that are 2 – 4 hours away. I really do not what is fair for a old and discontinued planer which is what these all are. Here is what I am faced with.

1 Ryobi AP10
Its old and listed as being in good condition. I would say fair to good. It also comes with an extra set of blades. I’ve seen a lot of positive talk about this planer but the posts are old. The owner wants $70 and I can’t decide if that’s high or low but its still cheap either way.

2 Craftsman 351.217130
This one is a bit of a mystery to me. I can not find a lot of info on this one. The post title says that it is a spiral cutter but the extra blades are clearly not for a spiral head and it seems high at $260. The condition in the photos looks immaculate.

3 Delta 24-540
This one has that old and never used look. Its been sitting in a box in the owners garage for years. The price is nice.

3 Dewalt DW733
I found this in good condition at a local pawn shop. I think the price is high but really have no idea what a fair price is for this tool.

None of these will be portable. Most likely I will build a custom table with a nice in feed and out feed. I am looking forward to any wisdom from the community.

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#1 posted 06-06-2014 09:28 AM

I have burned up a Delta and can recommend that. The Craftsman is kinda iffy. The Dewalt shouldn’t be more than $125 if in good shape. The Ryobe is a decent machine and at $70, sounds like a deal. The extra blades ar worth about half of that. I am really not a big fan of buying somebody’s worn out equipment. New ones are just not that expensive. I just bought a new DeWalt 734 for around $225 and it is a really good planer.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 01:14 PM

I have my AP10 for going on 30 years now. I still use it a lot, it is a workhorse. I can still find replacement knives for it on ebay. For 70$ bucks it would be hard to beat if it is in good condition.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 01:25 PM

I have an AP10 and it’s a good machine. It has it quirks but it does everything I need it to do. Fried makes replacement knives also. I don’t know much about the others. And the extra blades with the craftsman might be included because they might not have use for them with a spiral head. If it is a spiral head is lean towards that one on that alone, but I do some research as far as reviews and problems with that machine.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 06:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. I was leaning towards the AP10 myself, but I hesitated and now it is gone along with the oddball craftsman. The pawn shop was asking $299 for the dewalt which was way high. I took OldWrangler’s suggestion and explaned why I thought it was only worth $125. I wound up walking out the door for $150 including tax and a 7 day guaranty. My other option was to drive 1 hour both ways to look at the $135 Delta. Overall, I am very happy.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 06:55 PM

I think you will be happy with the 733. I have had mine for 15 years and the only thing that has broken was the raise/lower handle when I hit it with my truck. I forgot to fold it down in the days that it had to live in the garage. Truck would go right over it otherwise. I would get a spare set of knives so that you can change blades and then take the dull ones in for sharpening. You may want to clean the feed rollers with mineral spirits to make sure the wood feeds thru nicely and then also wax the beds.

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 07:20 PM

Before you buy one, go online and see how difficult it’ll be to get parts for them. An older, reliable planer is good, but everything breaks given enough time. And buying someone else’s used equipment can save money, but you never really know how it was treated before it came to you. Make sure you can fix it if you need to. is a good place to start looking.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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#7 posted 06-06-2014 08:14 PM

Oh yeah, welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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

I had a DW733. That’s the one I took apart so I know it’s not
difficult to break it down for shipping in two boxes. It also
takes resharpenable knives which I liked because I could
resharpen them myself on a Makita wet sharpener.

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 03:22 AM

Do you have any reason to purchase a portable planer over a stationary planer? I just picked up a Belsaw for $125 that needed some elbow grease.

-- Nicholas

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