Which 15" Planer to buy?
I need to buy a heavy duty planer before year-end for a cooperative wood shop with 50 members with varying abilities, including the ability to take proper care of our tools. I need to select a reliable, durable, long-lasting planer that can be moved away from the wall for use. We have a budget between $1,500 to… possibly $1,800 including taxes, etc.
There are, I believe, only 5 choices: Jet’s JWP-15B ($1660) and Grizzly’s G0815 ($1,450), G0890 ($1,480), G0453 ($1,600) and G1021Z ($1,635). I am leaning toward either Grizzly’s little G0815, with the Jet in close second, primarily because the G0815 is $200 cheaper but am lured by Jet’s 5 year warranty vs Griz’s 1 year. Any advice??
I have searched for used planers near NYC without luck and members are wary of buying used equipment. We considered a jointer/planer (we have no jointer) but decided that their complexity and learning curve would lead to headaches.
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