dw735 thikness planner: new vs reconditionned


hello,
I am an occasional woodworker and want to buy a planner, and I was told that the dw735 was THE way to go...
this units runs in the $500 new or $320 factory reconditioned...
I was wondering what the difference was and if it was a good idea to save the money (for some of the accessories for example) and get the reconditioned one...
from the reviews that I read, it looks that in both cases, peoples are having issues with the unit every once in a while...
regards, cyrille
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I have purchased several reconditioned tools from different manufacturers with good results.
Reconditioned usually means the tool was returned after some or no use and sent back to the factory to be checked out and re-certified.
These tools can't be sold as new but in my expierence are as good or better.
They usually carry the same warranty as new.

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Bought a factory recond. DW 625 plunge router. Liked it a bunch. One year warranty. Maybe 10 total hours. Fried the speed control. router was $125. Speed control is $82. with 30 days warranty. I install. One year if they install, $102 for that. A new 625 is $200. Referb just doesn't seem to add up.
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Rick Samuel wrote:

Does not compute.
Refurbished or new carry a 1 year warranty, correct?
You use it about ten hours in what appears to be more than a year before it craps out.
What it costs for you to repair out of warranty should not enter into the equation of whether or not refurbished is equal to or better than new.
The problem you describe would have resulted in the same situation had the subject plunge router been a brand new one.
As the other poster mentioned, my take on refurbished power tools _by a reputable manufacturer_ is that the refurb, cosmetic defects notwithstanding, is likely a better product due to the "personal care" placed on it when it's refurbished vs. the spot checking likely to be done on the regular assembly line.
This assumes, of course, the same warranty.
I just bought the close quarter 3/8" Milwaukee variable speed, reversing drill from Toolking.com after seeing it mentioned here. Paid about 47 cents on the dollar for it and received what appears to be a brand new unit with a full warranty. Cosmetically perfect, works like a charm. If it dies within the year they fix it. If I'd bought new and it died within a year, they'd fix it. The difference? What I paid.
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Ever wonder why the outlet stores have a large stack of reconditioned tools? Well, many are not reconditioned but are brand new, just like the higher priced ones. Manufacturers can piss off their dealers if they sell the same exact item less than they can sell it for. "thus, the "reconditioned" markings. This has been done for decades in the clothing industry selling "irregulars" where you cannot find any defect.
Check the warranty. If it is the same or close, save a few bucks.
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On Thu, 25 Aug 2005 20:27:31 GMT, "Cyrille de Brbisson"

In my experience, with a Dewalt 12 SCMS, the tool is as good as new and Dewalt honors the warranty in the same way. Dewalt does brand the reconditioned tool with an "R" but this is probably just to keep that tool from being 'reconditioned' again if it is returned. I'd buy a Dewalt reconditioned again.
TWS
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I got a reconditioned Dewalt DW618 router, and it has served me very well. The only way I could tell it wasn't brand new was a little scuff on one of the handles. If it were up to me, I'd definitely go with the reconditioned one. Andy
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