Planer question


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Is this one any good? http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid921743000&subcat=Jointers%2C+Planers+%26+Shapers
I am fixing up a sprayer for my dad and he is wanting to buy that one for me. (I told him he did not have to).
I have one inch thick rough cut lumber I would like to cut down to 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch for projects.I noticed that one only takes off a maximum of 3/32. I am assuming that planer would take several passes to get down to 1/2 inch. (I dont have a band saw for resawing).
Is there another one better?
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For that price, I'd get the dewalt. The craftsman stuff has been getting better lately but I'd still be worried about it.
One of the new planers, I think it's the dewalt, has a fan that helps to eject the chips. Since you don't have a dust collector, you'll want that.
Yeah, 3/32 really is a maximum. You'll want to set it to 1/16 or less even if the wood is hard or figured.
brian
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The current Workbench magazine (April 2006) has a comparison test of 13" planers. The Craftsman at $439 is easily beat by Home Depot's Rigid brand for $349 and it gets the "Top Value" award. The Dewalt for $499 (also on your link page) is the "Editors Choice". I bought the Rigid brand several years ago when it was rated a good choice by another magazine. I will get rid of it when I can afford a big SOB. Robert Smith
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