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NeoDon

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2008 days ago

Ok, now that I just bought my 14” rikon BS, I need to sneek in a planner. Let me explain, I will be doing some resawing, but also want to harvest my own wood when possible, being new to woodworking I wanted to
know should I get a jointer/planer or just a bench top planer? Space is almost non existent and so is money.

Do I really need this? I have a router and table so I think the joiner or jointer issue can be used but thickness
after resawing and cutting my own stock I could use some help. I only have $200 to spend and I would want something that is not junk, I know I ask alot.

Thanks


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 2008 days ago

Make a jig for using your router to plane your resawn wood for now, it works very well. Look at GaryK’s site for a very nice jig to get some ideas for your space. Later you well need both the jointer and the planer or some really nice planes and elbow grease.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2008 days ago

A planer is a necessary tool if you are planning on dimensioning wood. But $200 is a little underbudget for getting a quality planer. New ones will run in the $400 to $600+ range but used ones can be picked up on Ebay and Craigslist. And, of course, you could go the traditional route of dimensioning with a hand plane but in reality, by the time you got the planes you needed, you will spend more than $200. If I were in your position I would save up until I had enough to purchase a good quality benchtop planer, such as a Dewalt which has gotten excellent reviews or look for a used planer on Ebay or Craigslist.

Here is a Delta 22-580 that is currently listed on Ebay with a starting bid of $199. Unless you are in the MD area it will entail a shipping cost added to the final bid.

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dsb1829

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#3 posted 2008 days ago

Yeah, to get anything worth having you are likely going to have to double that budget.

I picked up a Sunhill sm-346
http://www.sunhillmachinery.com/SM-346.htm
For about $380 it is a good machine and has most of the features I wanted. The only other benchtop planer that I thought was worth more is the Dewalt DW735 but it is going for more like $600 unless you can find some creative coupon and sale combo. The sunhill I mentioned for the most part has the features of the dewalt dw734 with a few minor differences. If you are lucky you could find a dw734 at closeout at your local big box store. I have heard recent reports of it selling in the $175-250 range if you can find it.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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modestmouser

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#4 posted 2007 days ago

this looks like a good deal to me.

Grizzly has taken $40 off their 12.5” G0663 planer so it’s now just $200 + $17 shipping.
http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/item.aspx?itemnumber=G0663&utm_source=emailburst&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=G0663

sale ends 2/26.

good luck in your decision.

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 2007 days ago

I saw a DeWalt 734 on CL the other day for $75, LA area

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