I bought a Delta TP300 a short time ago and I love it. I got it on ebay from
Woodworkers Supply. It cost $175 including shipping. It's a refurbished
unit, but I can't tell it from new.
Hope this helps.
No, you don't need something fancy. Don't forget about buying used...
After resisting the urge to fork down plastic at the BORG, I found my
Belsaw 9103 at the county surplus auction for $180. It can also be
setup for as a moulding machine. It's built like a tank: heavy, on a
stand, and wired for 220V.
If you opt for the suitcase type, remember to consider the $$$ you'll
need for a stand and/or rollers.
There are still some first and second generation, 12" and 12 1/2"
respectively, Delta and Dewalt's on the market for not much money. Besides
the 1/2" the second generation generation's difference over the first is a
head lock to minimize snipe. The difference of both first and second
generation from the third is that the third has two speeds and another 1/2"
There are lots of people out there with both first and second generation
machines, myself included, that get very good results from both. I believe I
still see Delta and possibly De Walt at Lowe's..
I was in Lowe's a couple of days ago, and saw the Delta 12.5" planers on
closeout for $225...
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Thanks for the comment. I was in Sears and compared the Craftsman,
Delta, and DeWalt. I really liked the look of the DeWalt. I bid on one
through eBay and it looks like I won. Cost me $225, used but supposedly
in good condition.
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