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Forum topic by NTXSteve posted 11-13-2017 03:42 AM 946 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2017 03:42 AM

Good evening,

After years of just admiring everyone’s creations on this site, I’m finally coming to you all needing help.

A few days ago, my garage shop was broken into while I was at work. Luckily, my neighbor scared off the would-be robber so he didn’t get away with anything. Not a single tool. But in the craziness, the thief dropped my 10 year old planer to the ground and it bounced several times; mostly on the posts, bending them terribly. Other than one or two bent posts (and the accompanying concrete scratches), it seems to be okay. I did turn the planer on after giving it a pretty close inspection and the motor runs fine – I didn’t notice any vibrations or other issues. But I don’t want to run anything through there with it being presumably pretty out of whack.

So here’s what I’m wondering – is it worth it to replace the posts? If it took that bad of a tumble, what are the odds that I’ll be able to get everything aligned again? The posts are $100 each, and I’ll need at least one, probably 2 (and a third one had scratches on it so maybe even 3?). I’m hesitant to put that kind of money into it and end up chasing every little thing down the proverbial rabbit hole in order to make it useful again.

Anybody have any thoughts or opinions?

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 11-13-2017 04:09 AM

I’d probably sell it for parts and apply it towards a new one with helical cutters. They put new 735s on sale every once in awhile for $500 and you can get used ones on Craig’s list for less that what it will cost your to repair this one.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 04:19 AM

Run some wood through and see how it goes… might be just fine.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 03:22 PM

If you have insurance I would turn it into them and get a new one. Depending on your deductible, if one applies here, it might be cheaper in the long run to do that instead of buying parts.

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 03:37 PM

I would take care of your neighbor before the planer. Good on him!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 04:10 PM

Personally, I question the intelligence of a thief who goes for an awkward 95lb planer that’s worth at most ~$250 on the street.

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 04:35 PM

Typically, thieves are NOT the sharpest chisels in the drawer

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 11-13-2017 05:06 PM

First of all buy your neighbor a coffee, some bourbon, and once you get a new planer he should get first dibs on Christmas cutting boards.

I have that planer with a helical cutterhead, and sometimes forget that it’s just a benchtop planer. That will not be worth turning into the insurance either. Just replace it, or find a used deal on a similar model.

Sorry it got buggered up, that’s a shame.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 06:39 PM

Thanks for the replies. As much as I don’t want to spend the money on another new one, I’m just not feeling confidant that I can replace parts and get it running as well as it was before the incident.

And yes, my neighbor definitely moved to the top of the gift list this year. It would’ve been much worse had he not manned up and headed outside with nothing more than his coffee cup and a mouthful of obscenities..

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 06:54 PM

If you’re not planning on getting a stationary I’d probably go with another 735. You’d have extra parts then.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 11-13-2017 08:05 PM

If you re not planning on getting a stationary I d probably go with another 735. You d have extra parts then.

- TheFridge

That’s what I was thinking; get a new one and then you’ll have some parts if needed.

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