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03-05-2015 11:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta shopmaster 12-inch portable planer planer

Greeting fellow woodworkers. I am shopping for a planer for my garage shop and came across this ad. This would be my first planer and don’t know what to look for in a used planer. when I vist the seller I will ask that he run a piece of wood through it so I can see if the blades are sharp, but what else should I be looking for?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks
Mike

-- Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results...Just call me CRAZY


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#1 posted 03-06-2015 12:18 AM

Id want to have the model number to know exactly whats up for sale, after that try to have an idea of how it’s been used, production shop vs. hobbist, then why is it selling, if the seller upgraded why and what is the new one.

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#2 posted 03-06-2015 12:22 AM

ChiefHDAN, from the seller ” The planer was my father’s, and he passed away, so I inherited it. I have my own DeWalt 13” planer, and don’t need another. I’m buying a new table saw, and could use the money to help pay for that. There is nothing wrong with the planer, but one of the dust shrouds is missing. I have the shroud with a dust collection port”.

I’ve since asked him for the model number and waiting to hear back. Concerned that one of hte dust shrouds is missing though

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#3 posted 03-06-2015 12:24 AM

If it’s the TP300, I seem to remember those selling new at Lowes for $199 at one time.. $150 seems a bit high unless it’s still new in the box. I’d keep looking. You should be able to find one for $50 or less.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 12:59 AM

The “shopmaster” line of tools screams cheap to me.

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 01:25 AM

OK – I was thinking that in order for you to give me better advice on the planer I should tell you what I would be using it for…

From time to time, I try my hand at making built-in drawers, cabinets for our home. In the past I have basically sanded the crap out to the wood with a belt sander and worked my way up to palm sanding. I’ve been reading that one reason why my cabinet fronts might not look all that great is because I don;t join or plan the wood before I glue them up. Like I said…I’m not looking to quit my day job and am only looking to improve my skills by using the right tools.

So far everyone’s response has me rethinking that this might be a good first planer to have. Please keep the comments coming in.

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 03:27 PM

TP300

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 03:36 PM

For a unit without a head lock, given your plans, I’d try to get it at $100, but if it looked like it was cared for and not working in a production shop it could work for you, just always keep an eye/hand on the cutter head, before I got the DW735 I had a lunchbox without a head lock, and it would drive me nuts

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