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I generally buy my lumber from HD or Lowes', so do I really need a planer?
I found a used Delta 12" at a garage sale today for $150, but I really don't know if I need one, since most of the wood I get is already milled to a certain degree. Please advise.

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You could use a planer to surface the edges of faceframe material to build cabinets. Also if you need some wood that is 1/2" thick for drawer siding, you can take the 1x4's or 1x6's the box stores sell and make your own drawer siding. A planer can be very useful however I would pass on the Delta. I have one and I spend nearly as much time re-assemblying it as I do running it. The thing keeps falling apart. I started using threadlock on it and it's getting better but I sure couldn't recommend one. Also there has been for quite some time problems getting any parts for any Delta equipment.
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