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Boochiee

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05-01-2019 02:25 PM

Hi there! I am about to get a good amount of lumber that’s going to need planing and I do not have one. My budget is only around $300 so I am sure a used planer is what I’ll be after. I know I can get something cheap like WEN (they are local to me too) but I really am not sure about the quality of their products since they are so cheap. I have been keeping my eye on the dewalt 735 but it never drops under $400, even used ones people want retail prices for..

So can anyone recommend anything that is cheap but also will be a good work horse for at least a few years? I am in the north west burbs of Chicago.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 05-01-2019 02:31 PM

I was in the same boat earlier and bought a used Delta 12.5” planer in far too big of a hurry and didn’t realize what bad shape it was in. I spent months off and on cleaning it and it was still not worth bringing home. I happened to get lucky and found a used DeWalt 734 in like new condition for $200 and grabbed it as fast as I could get there. Don’t make the same mistake that I did and get in a rush so that you miss the important details. I put a new set of blades in the DeWalt and it gives glass smooth cuts.

-- DannyW

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SMP

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#2 posted 05-01-2019 02:39 PM

I’m in the same boat as you. Where I live used dewalts go for $20 off retail so kind of pointless. I have researched the HF ones their mewer Bauer brand. Seems to get pretty good reviews, i guess they are all made in china anyways. And HF is pretty good with their warranty and it’s reasonable. I still keep my eyes peeled on CL but will probably get this if I don’t find a better used deal within 6 months or so.

https://m.harborfreight.com/15-amp-12-12-in-portable-thickness-planer-63445.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

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Boochiee

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#3 posted 05-01-2019 03:03 PM



I was in the same boat earlier and bought a used Delta 12.5” planer in far too big of a hurry and didn t realize what bad shape it was in. I spent months off and on cleaning it and it was still not worth bringing home. I happened to get lucky and found a used DeWalt 734 in like new condition for $200 and grabbed it as fast as I could get there. Don t make the same mistake that I did and get in a rush so that you miss the important details. I put a new set of blades in the DeWalt and it gives glass smooth cuts.

- DannyW

Wow that dewalt was a steal. I’ve been offering people around $300 for them and not one person even replied to me haha. I can’t afford to get screwed over so I really have to be careful, too much in life right now!


I’m in the same boat as you. Where I live used dewalts go for $20 off retail so kind of pointless. I have researched the HF ones their mewer Bauer brand. Seems to get pretty good reviews, i guess they are all made in china anyways. And HF is pretty good with their warranty and it’s reasonable. I still keep my eyes peeled on CL but will probably get this if I don’t find a better used deal within 6 months or so.

https://m.harborfreight.com/15-amp-12-12-in-portable-thickness-planer-63445.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

- SMP

Dang, yeah WEN has decent reviews and their factory or distribution center is about 15 mins away from me. I also see they sell refurbed units for a bit cheaper than the new stuff they have but they say there’s no warranty which scares me. I really need a planer! :(

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YesHaveSome

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#4 posted 05-01-2019 06:10 PM


I was in the same boat earlier and bought a used Delta 12.5” planer in far too big of a hurry and didn t realize what bad shape it was in. I spent months off and on cleaning it and it was still not worth bringing home. I happened to get lucky and found a used DeWalt 734 in like new condition for $200 and grabbed it as fast as I could get there. Don t make the same mistake that I did and get in a rush so that you miss the important details. I put a new set of blades in the DeWalt and it gives glass smooth cuts.

- DannyW

Wow that dewalt was a steal. I ve been offering people around $300 for them and not one person even replied to me haha. I can t afford to get screwed over so I really have to be careful, too much in life right now!

I’m in the same boat as you. Where I live used dewalts go for $20 off retail so kind of pointless. I have researched the HF ones their mewer Bauer brand. Seems to get pretty good reviews, i guess they are all made in china anyways. And HF is pretty good with their warranty and it’s reasonable. I still keep my eyes peeled on CL but will probably get this if I don’t find a better used deal within 6 months or so.

https://m.harborfreight.com/15-amp-12-12-in-portable-thickness-planer-63445.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

- SMP

Dang, yeah WEN has decent reviews and their factory or distribution center is about 15 mins away from me. I also see they sell refurbed units for a bit cheaper than the new stuff they have but they say there s no warranty which scares me. I really need a planer! :(

- Boochiee

I have the 735 but I’ve heard people being very pleased with the WEN. I have a few WEN tools (bandsaw, drill press, two sanders and an air filter) and they all have performed well. Especially for the price. If I had $300 to spend on a planer I’d consider a WEN.

The biggest problem with tools like WEN is you have a higher chance of getting a lemon but you’ll know it pretty quickly probably so it would be covered under warranty. Pain in the ass, yes, but maybe worth the risk.

-- But where does the meat go?

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Boochiee

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#5 posted 05-01-2019 06:55 PM

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/tls/d/elgin-refurbish-wen-inch-3-blade/6875383671.html

They actually say it’s a 30 day warranty. So I can probably figure out if it’s a bad one by then. It’s on amazon for $408 right now and they have it for sale for $295 which would be just in my budget. Or I can get the smaller version for $278 but only has 2 cutter heads and not 3 plus less power / RPM.

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Hanugr

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#6 posted 05-01-2019 07:30 PM

Hey, I’m also in the northwest ‘burbs and have a used DeWalt 735 that I’d be willing to let go to a fellow LJ for $300. The machine works fine, just noisy. Had to upgrade to a quieter floor standing model since the wife and kid would not let me use it in my basement workshop unless they were out of the house which was never. PM me if you are interested.

-- - Greg, Northwest Chicago 'burbs

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Boochiee

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#7 posted 05-01-2019 08:11 PM



Hey, I m also in the northwest burbs and have a used DeWalt 735 that I d be willing to let go to a fellow LJ for $300. The machine works fine, just noisy. Had to upgrade to a quieter floor standing model since the wife and kid would not let me use it in my basement workshop unless they were out of the house which was never. PM me if you are interested.

- Hanugr

Awesome! PM’d you bud!

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#8 posted 05-01-2019 10:04 PM

Nothing wrong with the DW734. It’s got all the stuff you need.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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DannyW

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#9 posted 05-02-2019 08:35 PM

Don’t know where you are located but one just showed up in Austin CL, probably gone by now at $200:

https://austin.craigslist.org/tls/d/austin-dewalt-planer/6879818143.html

-- DannyW

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retArch

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#10 posted 05-02-2019 09:50 PM

I bought a fairly cheap Rigid from HD a few years ago, and it has served me well. Blades have lasted a long time. I just changed them out today, and discovered they are reversible. It also comes with an extra set!

-- Old Architect, Cedar Hills

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