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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-21-2012 06:43 PM 1927 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 06:43 PM

I’m setting up my shop in the garage. I’m up in the air about which planer/joiner to buy. I don’t have a lot of money to invest, 300 -500. I’ve read a lot of reviews and it seems that most are junk. I will work with new and reclaimed wood, so I need some suggestions about which planer/joiner to buy.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 06:49 PM

Ya with you on the short on cash. I have the delta 12 1/2 planner and 6” jointer it has done well for me. not the best but they work.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 07:00 PM

Many people, including myself have very good luck with the dewalt 734 planer. Jointers are another thing. Lots of serviceable ones on the market. Rigid looks good, my nephew has a used one. I have an older craftsman 6” that I refurbished from 1976. It’s works well for me. There are often some on craigslist of various brands.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 07:05 PM

I have a Delta bench top planer that has worked for me. I have run a lot of oak and yellow line through it. I have used a 6” Craftsman jointer since I got it new in 1977. I was gifted with a second jointer that is exactly the same as the first one. I use both of them and plan to pass one of them on to my son or son-in-law. They have also served well. You have to learn to use any tool to make the most of it. Those are on the lower end of things but they have served me well.
Anyone that is going to machine reclaimed wood will learn to sharpen knives for them also. Dirty wood is tough on the tools.

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 07:41 PM

Buy Used, there are plenty on Craigs list. Save your money and buy when the right deal pops up. Also understand the differences between the tools. A jointer smooths 1 side.
The planer then makes the other side equal width using your joined side as a reference. The planer does this by sandwiching the board and passing it through a cutter head.

This is the typical use. There are many other uses but this is the typical reason people have these items.

There is a good article in this months Fine Woodworking that discuses the “COMBO” units. Worth the read if that’s what you want.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 08:52 PM

Ken, I must admit, I don’t yet know what I need. I may need a dedicated planer and joiner. I would like to work with reclaimed boards, mostly old barn boards like cedar. I need something to take the patina off, then I need something to make it square and level in order to use it. I have a hand planer for some construction jobs I do where I lay tile and stuff, but reclaimed wood is the main thrust of using these tools. Can you advise further knowing this?

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 10:42 PM

I am with Ken. I have outfitted most of my shop from craigslist. I picked up a Ryobi AP10 for $50 with tow extra sets of knives and a knife setting jig. It has been great and for the money I can handle the 10 inch width until my skills warrant a 13 incher or more. As for jointers, again I were used and cleaned up a 1986 craftsman bench top that again had extra knives and a 6 inch width. As long as I go slow, it handles even the white oak that I put through it. I rarely work with anything longer than 8 feet and I find both tools are good for boards that long.

My advice is that until you fall in love with a specific tool, go used, but do your research. I had to jump on my craigslist tools, but taught myself what to look for. Take a few pieces of scrap with you to planer or joint and see how they work out. Do not be afraid to walk away. It took my about 4 months of looking to get my setup for dressing boards.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 10:48 PM

You should be able to pick up a second hand 6” cast iron jointer
for $100-150. Brand doesn’t matter that much really but I
do recommend getting a jointer with a belt drive, not the
benchtop kind with a universal motor.

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 12:16 AM

Craigslist and Auctions (Auctionzip) are the way to go. I’ve used both for almost all my tools and I’ve had very good results.

I have a Ryobi AP10 and a DeWalt 735. Although both planers, they are worlds apart. The AP10 is an older design while the DeWalt is newer. Obviously, the newer designed DeWalt has more features such as dust collection and speed control. I get less snipe on the DeWalt over the AP10. But still use both machines. I use the AP10 on harder material, such as Hard Maple, getting it close to final dimensions then use the DeWalt for the final passes.

If I had to pick one thing between the two, its the blades. I think this would be a pretty important consideration in your case since you’ll be using reclaimed lumber, which can have nails in it. The DeWalt blades are self setting, they can’t be sharpened and are made from thinner metal stock. Simply put they dont last long. In your case, one nail and the blades are trashed—and let me tell you the blades aren’t cheap and they can’t be resharpened. I picked up some Frued blades for the AP10 off amazon for like 30$. They are thicker and last forever, plus they can be resharpened. Just some food for thought.

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