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09-08-2012 04:34 PM

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So my wife picked this “13 Craftsman Planer up for me today. I wasn’t planning on buying a planer for awhile, but it was a supposed to be a store demo model and they never built it so it was brand new in the box. Normally goes for $500, but she paid $200, plus a $20 2 year service plan. I am really torn. The reviews on the sears website are less than overwhelming and no one on this site has reviewed it. Part of me says great deal, the other says take it back and wait for a good deal on a 734 or 735 in the store or on the craiger. Not gonna be doing anything that is a timeless furniture piece, but most of my experiences in the past with a planer have been large standalone models with helical heads. Anyone have any experience with this or advice on whats a boy to do???

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 04:37 PM

Thank the wife profusely for taking the time to think of you while she was shopping around. I’d use it; don’t know the overall quality but for 200.00 it can’t be that bad and you can always sell it later.

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 04:41 PM

I’ve never owned a craftsman planner but I’m not to fond of sears tools . I’d say a sears planner is better than no planner and unless you buy a used planner there are not any other new planners in that price range plus you do have a two year protection plan.

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 04:51 PM

Is that the model with the granite table?

Other than that, it looks very similar to my Delta that I have had for about 8 years and has served me very well. One of the major complaints with these table top units is snipe but I have never had that proglem with mine. I have gone through two sets of cutters due to planing 100 year old red oak that still had the finish on one side.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 05:03 PM

That model is ‘made’ by Colovos which don’t actually make machines, but is a large Asian made tool importer with offices in Chicago and Taiwan. They source a lot of woodworking tools to Sears which are given the Craftsman and Craftsman-Pro brand. Probably not a high end machine, but for that price and with a two year service agreement, I would keep it at least until your service agreement is up. During that time, you can be on the lookout for a better replacement. If you get a replacement, or at the end of those two years, you can put it up on Craigslist and recover at least half or more of what you bought it for. Just a thought.


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

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#5 posted 09-08-2012 05:08 PM

I would bet it is worth the 200.00 your wife gave for it. I probably would keep it myself. I started with the DW735, then a Jet 15” and now the Woodmaster 725 and none of mine were perfect. My feelings are none of the planners are going to be perfect and so finish sanding will be required but I am sure the Craftsman planner will do fine dimensioning lumber for you. My biggest concern would be longevity with the Craftsman product but if not abused it should serve you well until you are able to get a stronger unit.

My opinion is the only way to get a better deal then the craftsman you got would be to get one on CL and even then there is no gaurantee.

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 05:21 PM

I’m with Brad. Even if it’s not the planer of your dreams, in your position I’d used it at least as long as the service agreement and then replace it if you still want. Since it is a Craftsman, I don’t think you’d get much more than $220 for it on CL so I don’t see a profit opportunity there (I paid just a little over $300 for a new DW734 so I’m not going to give even that much for a Craftsman). Since you don’t already have a planer, I don’t think you can go wrong on a $220 planer with a 2 year service agreement. If you’re doing any significant amount of woodworking, you will quickly get her $220 back in savings by buying rough sawn vs S4S lumber. Heck I might even be tempted to run as much lumber through it as I could in the hopes that it would die before the end of 2 years and they will give you another one.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 06:04 PM

”So my wife picked this (doesn’t matter what) up for me today.”

Read that statement and slap yourself in the back of the head! ;-) That’s a huge gesture on her part….I wouldn’t part with it unless there’s an obvious problem. She’s supporting you in something you love to do. I’d guess if you got rid of it in favor of another planer, it’d be the last tool (or “toy” of any type) she’d ever get for you.

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

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 06:12 PM

I’m with knotscott. If my wife picks me up a planer no way I’m returning it. It is like getting an ugly sweater from your grandma. You have to wear that bad boy with a smile.

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 07:36 PM

I dunno. Looks like a pretty good machine to me.
Three blade cutter head
Granite tables
15 amp motor
Quick change blades
Cutter head lock
Available spiral cutter head upgrade

I’d say you got a better planer for $200, than most people get for $300+.

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 07:37 PM

I agree with josh and scott. Use that thing. This is a must keep and talk nice moment. This is the okay to go out and buy some lumber and get to work. This is also the opportunity to see how much you really want a planer too.

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 08:44 PM

+1 more for using it.

If my wife got me something like that knowing how much I love woodworking and then I sold it she would be heartbroken.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 09-08-2012 08:54 PM

lucky you

you know what they say
‘you can’t have enough planers’

i got 3 myself

now i just need a harmonica

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 09-08-2012 08:57 PM

Knotscott said it very well. If “You” don’t slap yourself on the back of the head, the rest of us WILL.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#14 posted 09-08-2012 09:01 PM

I say it’s a keeper…. no question about it. Even if it is not exactly what you would have picked,

a) the price was right
c) see B

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 09-08-2012 10:36 PM

Use it and be grateful.

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