My local Sears has had a Craftsman 13" planer tucked away in the
clearance corner for a couple of weeks now. Originally $399, then $349,
I stopped by today to check the clearance corner, and examined it more
closely. Opening up the outfeed table, I saw the next sticker in line:
Hmmmmm.... Even if it *is* a Crapsman . . . :-)
Any thoughts on this?
Get it. You could do better, but you clearly haven't so far. The
great thing about planers is that they pay for themselves by giving
you cheaper timber. It's not as good as getting a better planer, but
it's cheaper and better than none.
Depends on how much you like Delta...
The ones that I looked at last week, like my craftsman biscuit
jointer, appear to be delta..
I haven't bought a Delta product in years, except for occasional bits
and things, but they used to make very good power tools..
This doesn't look like any Delta I've ever seen (although I certainly
haven't seen them all).
I don't know who makes this one. It's a big and solid casting; the
weight per specs is 105 pounds. It has a power driven height adjustment
(something I've never seen in this class), as well as a manual crank.
Two pin-indexed, reversible blades, 16,000 cpm, feeds at 26 fpm (by my
math, that's 51 cpi).
I'm definitely heading back in the morning to see if we can come to
terms, and find out if the stand, bag, etc., are available.
The main problem my Craftsman had (a 10 year old one inherited from my
dad, recently replaced by one of the discontinued DeWalts) stemmed
from its two support post design - it worked fine on cherry and walnut
but oak - forget it.
The 4 post design in the one you are looking at probably eliminates
this (problem was that the head could rock back and forth visibly when
the load got heavy). I think the price is right.
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