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Forum topic by ragman posted 04-15-2009 11:55 PM 3897 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ragman

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04-15-2009 11:55 PM

The sears near me is going out of business and they have a few great deals.

I can get a

14” craftsman professional bandsaw for 300
6 1/8” craftsman jointer for 310
13” Dewalt DW735 Planar for 480
14” Rigid Drill Press 270 (not as sears)

I can afford two, but no more. I already have a good cabinet saw, and power hand tools. My first big projects are a changing table and crib if that helps the decision any.

Thanks for the help in advance.

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Max

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 12:04 AM

I think you need to take into account what all you will be wanting to build and do you plan on getting more equipment at a later time. If you plan on needing to dimension your lumber to thinner stock or buying rough lumber then the DW735 is a go. I believe that the jointer is a for sure to remove the saw marks and square up your solid stock. The band saw is also a very handy piece of equipment. But if I had to decide for myself I would get the planer and the jointer. Just my two cents worth.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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ragman

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 12:05 AM

Thanks Max. Anyone else?

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Toolz

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 12:08 AM

I would agree with Max. After the table saw, the jointer and DW 735 are the most used power tools in my shop.
Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 12:12 AM

I would go for the Dewalt planer. That is a pretty good buy on it. The drill press would be another tool I would consider. But a jointer is a tool that I consider to be a must have. However, if I were in your situation, I would save up the rest and get a better quality jointer than the Craftsman, preferably an 8” one. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for when it comes to tools and “it is better to cry once when you buy a tool rather than the thousand times you have to use it”.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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ragman

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 12:16 AM

funny you say that. I just heard the same quote earlier today listening to an old episode of wootalkonline. Are you saying the craftsman (orion) jointer isn’t a good jointer, or are you suggesting the size is too small? I was looking at the 8” grizzly, but 650 takes a good portion of my 1500$ budget.

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Gary

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 12:19 AM

I agree on the Planner. I disagree with Scott somewhat on the jointer because you can run the 8” thru the planner however, I’m not a craftsman fan. For that reason, I’d likely dismiss the jointer and wait until I could get a better brand. My point…get the planner

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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mountainsky

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 12:30 AM

The planer and the bandsaw. You can pick up a better used jointer for 300 or less…..

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ragman

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#8 posted 04-16-2009 12:41 AM

The people who have purchased the bandsaw have pretty good things to say about it. I haven’t had much luck finding owners with the jointer. I know the planer is a solid buy.

Would I be better off spending 400~ on the 6” grizzly instead of buying the craftsman jointer?

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scottz

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 12:56 AM

That’s a good price for the DW735. I recently got the lesser DW734 and am very happy with it, so I’m sure the 735 is the cat’s meow.

I’d get that and save the rest of your money to find a used jointer and bandsaw on craigslist or somewhere similar.

Second hand craftsman 6” jointers seem to be a dime a dozen – I got one in great shape except for some surface rust for $100. Not the best machine in the world, but it gets the job done and it allowed me to stretch my budget.

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BlankMan

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#10 posted 04-16-2009 01:15 AM

Definitely the DW735. Although I’ve had some issues with the knives nicking prematurely, others haven’t, I still stand by that planer for it’s superior smooth finish and lack of snipe. And I know for a fact DeWalt engineering is addressing the nicking issue.

I paid around that price for my DW735 but that was when it first came out, now it goes for $649 usually, that is definitely a good price. You won’t be sorry you bought it.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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odie

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#11 posted 04-16-2009 01:26 AM

Any good project has to start somewhere. And with most woodworkers this is with the jointer then the planner.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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BlankMan

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#12 posted 04-16-2009 01:32 AM

I wouldn’t get that jointer. Surprisingly Sears calls it a Jointer/Planer, that’s no planer in my sense of the definition of the machine. But technically I guess they can say it planes one side of a board…

If you’re set on that style/size jointer, look at Delta’s JT160, you can get it for as low as $218.

I just went and looked for Delta’s open stand 6” jointers, no where to be found, they were a staple for years and could be found for around/little over the $300 price range. Looks like B&D kabashed them, no more open stand jointers at all. No wonder Rockler was blowing them out for $199 a couple of months ago.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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johnpoolesc

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#13 posted 04-16-2009 01:33 AM

13” Dewalt DW735 Planar for 480, i use mine a lot.. you can joint on a well adjusted table saw

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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BlankMan

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#14 posted 04-16-2009 01:43 AM

Here’s a pic of the Delta 6” jointer, JT360, a much better machine then that Sears one. Call around you might be able to find one for close to the same price as that Sears one, I’ll go out on a limb and say you’d be much happier with this Delta.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 04-16-2009 02:03 AM

Ragman, I have a Craftsman table saw that I have “cried” over using for many years. I am not trying to step on anyone’s toes but I just am not overly fond of Craftsman power tools. I agree with Blankman’s comment on the Sears model. I have never understood how they could possibly refer to it as a jointer/planer. I have a Powermatic 6” jointer that is about 4 years old but wish I had gone with the 8” model instead. It would have been considerably more money but it would have been worth it in my opinion.

If I had to choose between Craftsman and Grizzly products I would choose the Grizzly. One additional note I would add is that you can joint with a router, table saw or planer. Not as easily as you can with a jointer but it can be done. So that is why I would not put the jointer as a “must have” item at this stage.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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