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Thoughts on these Rockwell Planers

I have been hesitant in buying a Dewalt 735 planer and these two Rockwell planers have been lurking in the back of my mind. I was hoping someone had experience or thoughts on the good and the bad of these machines!

https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee...793984132.html

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/tls/5792812781.html



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Do you have 220v to run them?
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I really like the two Rockwell planers. Ive owned differen brands of planers over the years but I've never personally owned a Rockwell, but both machines look to be in good shape.
Points to consider:
Which machine is the oldest?
Do both have a vacuum attachment?
Are both 220 volt?
Are the planer knives in good shape?
Does the seller have the original manual for the machine?
These machines appear to be heavier made than the lightweight portable machine sold at the big box stores. Could be a great value depending on the price.
Don't forget to Check the switch and the cord.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Do you have 220v to run them?
Yes, I have a 220 in my garage.

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I really like the two Rockwell planers. Ive owned differen brands of planers over the years but I've never personally owned a Rockwell, but both machines look to be in good shape.
Points to consider:
Which machine is the oldest?
Do both have a vacuum attachment?
Are both 220 volt?
Are the planer knives in good shape?
Does the seller have the original manual for the machine?
These machines appear to be heavier made than the lightweight portable machine sold at the big box stores. Could be a great value depending on the price.
Don't forget to Check the switch and the cord.
I talked to the owner of the $400 model, great shape, extra set of knives, not sue on the vacuum attachment but will ask. Thanks for the help!
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I'd rather have either of those Rockwell planers just got the fact that they use an induction motor. Never liked the universal motors used in lunchbox planers, too noisy

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I have the same planer. I believe the 14" is really a 13"
It's a great planer. I would recommend it. $400 is a decent price if in good shape.
It is far, far, far, superior to any lunchbox planer.
A nice feature is the table doesn't move, and in/out feed tables are easy to use.
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I talked to the owner of the $400 model, great shape, extra set of knives, not sue on the vacuum attachment but will ask. Thanks for the help!
Not sure what you refer to as "vacuum attachment" is, but the $400 Rockwell planer has what looks like an orig. dust hood, for a vac. hose.
Some day I will find or make one for mine. I spread a tarp down in front of mine when planing to catch chips. Pick up tarp and dump in mulch pile.
Extra set of knives is worth $60, if decent quality.
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