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06-11-2014 12:05 AM

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I am buy a used thickness planer off Craig’s list and I need help finding a decent one. My budge is $100 for a basic planer.

I saw two planers and wanted to know if anyone though they were worth buying.

One is an older Ryobi in good shape for $100.

The other is a Jet JWP-12 that the guy got used 8 years ago and it’s missing its rollers for only $35. No picture.

Are either of the a decent buy or should I wait to find a decent price on a Delta, Dewalt, Porter Cable, etc? Thanks for your help. I am just starting in wood working so the planer does not need to be great but it does need to work reasonable well.

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 12:15 AM

I have no experience with either machine, but that little ryobi looks like a nice deal for a C-note.

A 12” jet for 35 bucks is no bad deal either, but no photos, and missing rollers means there is definitely some work to do. If doing that type of work (finding parts, tuning machines, troubleshooting) isn’t your bag, perhaps the ryobi is the play.

I’d find it difficult not to at least inquire about the jet, and request a few photos.

Missing rollers is a strange problem though, with the only reasonable reason being that someone took them out intending to replace, but lost them in the interim. (Somehow)

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 02:52 AM

I’d stay away from the missing rollers one. Sure, its cheap, but you could easily spend a couple of hundred trying to get that thing running right. Very hit or miss proposition.

I’m not a fan of Ryobi stuff as a rule, but the mobile base is a nice throw in there. Offer that person $75 or something and settle on $85.

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 03:04 AM

Get the Ryobi. The stand, rolling base and hoses would cost
you nearly $100 retail. I can tell from the pictures it
hasn’t seen much use.

All those lunchbox planers except a few come out of one or
two factories where they make them to spec. Their DNA
is very similar. They differ in extension table lengths, blade
systems, etc… but the cutterhead drive system, the chain
and sprocket elevation system… all that stuff is proven
and pretty much equally good. The modern lunchbox
planer is a marvel of a tool value and a breakthrough product
for the hobbiest woodworker and job-site user. Back
in the old days a planer was a big investment.

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 07:26 AM

It’s been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating: Ryobi invented the lunchbox planer about 25 years ago, give or take. The shop teacher in the school where I taught bought one (10” capacity in those days) for the shop, mounted it on a 6’ table with rollers at each end, and let the kids have at it. Can you imagine how much abuse high school students can inflict on a machine? Yet it held up for several years that I know of. Of course, I don’t know how good the current Ryobi planer is, but I’d not hesitate to risk my $100 on that one. But do check it out before you plunk down your money.

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 03:02 PM

I had a ryobi that looks just like this one. I used it for probably 15 years and I didn’t treat it with care. I never had any problems until I got a piece of wood between the roller and the blade bracket. It bent the bracket and blade and started cutting a concave in boards. I was able to find parts and fixed it right up. Run a board thru it to make sure it cuts true.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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