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Case101

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10-07-2014 11:26 PM

I’ve been searching around for reviews and feedback on this Planer

Can anybody provide any feedback. I’ve found it listed as one of HF’s hidden gems.
With the current sale and a coupon it can be had for a little over $200

Thanks,

-- John, New Jersey


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 11:39 PM

http://cnj.craigslist.org/tls/4647037906.html

If you close to central New Jersey I’d get the jet planer.

Good luck on your decision.

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 12:15 AM

Thanks for the link, Yes I”m in central jersey.

What do you look for in a used planer?

Thanks,

-- John, New Jersey

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 12:17 AM

Hell this guy’s got a NIB DW735 for $400, that’s a goofy deal if it’s legit

http://cnj.craigslist.org/tls/4694477791.html

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 12:26 AM

I’d go for the dewalt. Gets solid reviews.

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 01:48 AM

What do you look for in a used planer?

Sound.

Turn it on and listen for bearing noises then shut it down and listen.

Restart it and run some lumber through it and see how it looks. A little snipe
isn’t really a bother to me as long as it planes right and sounds decent you’re
good to go.

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#6 posted 10-08-2014 01:48 AM

I bought the HF planner on mothers day three years ago. I have beaten and abused this thing daily. Other than being on the fifth set of double edged blades it has not hicupped. Most of the time I get no snipe. I would buy this guy again.

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 01:57 AM

It looks remarkedably similar to the ryobi ap1301 that I have. Probably made in the same Chinese factory but maybe not as nice a fit and finish as ryobi (not that it’s great or anything either) but it works just fine for me. I keep hoping the thing would die to give me an excuse to go for a larger model with a spiral cutter head but hasn’t failed yet. I’d say it’s very similar if I had to guess.

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Case101

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#8 posted 10-08-2014 03:25 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. The DW735 looks good, but out of my budget.

-- John, New Jersey

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#9 posted 10-08-2014 05:01 AM

What I look for in a planer is smooth boards exactly the same thickness, side to side, front to back (no snipe) excellent chip collection and easy on my wallet.
My answer,,, DeWalt 734, my unit transformed woodworking for me, I never looked back.

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#10 posted 10-08-2014 07:10 AM

Like the DW735, it has screw posts at all 4 corners, which should enhance the stability of the cutter head. But I have no experience with it.

It gets a lot of very positive reviews on HFs website, but of course some negative ones, too.

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#11 posted 10-08-2014 10:45 AM

If you have time before your purchase, a deal will come up. I got my DW734 “used” for $200. It looked like it never had a board through it.

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