What gives? JET 16" planer knives (set of 3) have gone from $94 (US) to
Add to that the problem of resharpening them. Jet wants the primary grind at
degrees and secondary bevel at 42. The sharpening shops around here do them
A neighbor brought over some old horse farm fence boards (poplar), nails
Except for 3! He said he would buy me two new sets of blades that I expected
would cost him $200. Now its over $300! I'm going to have to convince him
new poplar lumber will be cheaper than trying to reclaim those old creosoted
boards. Ever try to clean creosote off your rollers? YUCK
Jim in the Bluegrass
Yup, steel is up all over. Have you seen what's happened to the price of
screws and nails? The builder of my house almost got into a fistfight with
the guy putting the deck in because the builder insisted he shoot 3 nails
into each board instead of just two. He got 3, therefore so did I so we're
both happy. The deck guy on the other hand.......
Shop around and do some research. You can often find aftermarket suppliers
for blades. Even better the aftermarket solution might fit another machine
and blades for that machine might be available at a reasonable price.
I have one of the older Ryobi 12-1/4 surface planers. It is from the 'old
Ryobi' and just keeps going after 10-12 years. Ryobi left us high and dry
on factory blades a few years ago and their recommended supplier wants more
than $70 for a set of blades that used to cost $17. I did some Google
research, and got some help from this newsgroup, and found another source --
then I found out that the aftermarket part# also fit a Delta 12-1/4" machine
(one extra hole). My Delta alternative is still available in the stores and
costs about $20/set.
Man, that's expensive.
Sounds like a good enough incentive to invest in a small surface
grinder, and make the things yourself. That way, you have all the
knives you'll ever need- plus a new tool.
Sure, it's got a big price tag- but it wouldn't take too many dinged
sets of knives to recoup the cost at $150+ a set.
Neat idea...except that for most planer blades, that grinder won't work very
well. The link is to a 6X12 grinder, which with a very carefully made
fixture, will let you sharpen 3 13" blades but not the 16" blades of the OP.
Can't the knives be resharpened, say, by a commercial sharpening
And wouldn't they also be a source of new knife stock?
Not everything needs to come shrinkwrapped.
owner of one of those less expensive planers...
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