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Forum topic by ChrisCook posted 03-18-2009 02:33 PM 1124 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2009 02:33 PM

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been on here. I was out in Colorado for 2 months (Not that it was a bad thing. hehe). Anyway, I’m trying to find a decent planer that won’t break the bank. I don’t need anything real spectacular, but would like something that does a decent job. 12” will be plenty for me right now. A guy on craigslist has a Delta planer w/ base and extra blades for $175 (It’s the portable 12.5” that Lowes sells i think). Would this be worth checking into?

-- Location: Lincoln, AL


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#1 posted 03-18-2009 02:34 PM

yes… $175 for a delta is a good deal

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 02:38 PM

Ok, thanks. He also has a Delta 14” Bandsaw and X5 6” Jointer for sale as well. Just don’t really wanna spend the money for em, which is a shame cause I can get em both from him for the price it would take to just buy one of them new.

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 08:44 PM

The Delta planner is a good planner. I know a couple of folks that have one. I happen to have the Dewalt bench top planner. Its been great, although its a bit more in price…around $500. I believe the Delta has two sets of blades, and the Dewalt has three.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 08:59 PM

Yeah, I like that the DeWalt has 3 blades, but for the price on this Delta I think I can live with 2…for now.

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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#5 posted 03-19-2009 02:53 AM

You can get the Dewalt from Amazon rebuilt for around 290.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#6 posted 03-19-2009 02:47 PM

Cool. I may havet to look into that. We also have a B&D service warehouse here in Birmingham, they may have some rebuilt DeWalt’s. I just don’t check with them often enough.

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 02:18 AM

Chris,

Before you buy a planer, consider what you plan to use it for. I once owned a portable planer and also had 1,000 bf of rough walnut. I quickly learned that the portable was not the right tool for planing lots of rough lumber. If stacks of rough lumber are in your future, you would be better off to search craig’s list or other places for a more powerful machine. Used machines can sometimes be found for less than $500. If you are only going to be doing light planing, then a portable is appropriate.

Regards, Joel

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#8 posted 03-20-2009 03:17 AM

Thanks Joel, right now I’m only planning to do small jobs.

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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#9 posted 03-20-2009 03:59 AM

I think for this weekend I am gonna borrow the neighbors planer. I’ve gotta drive a couple hours tomorrow to go pick up 2 jointers, a scroll saw, and a stationary sander. It’s all old craftsman stuff, but hopefully it’s worth the trip.

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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