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i was searching for WEN band saw that recently dropped price again, and i found this planar posted: https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1470592 

For this WEN 6550 12.5-Inch 15A Benchtop Thickness Planer, the price is now 224.68 on https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0106XD60Q/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new

Please advise me about this or another one that you see would be better in this price range. thank you!

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For the money this is the lunchbox planer to get. The newer DeWalt DW735 is the top of its class for the price range. Ive got the dewalt and its a beast but the Wen was always showing up on the review sites as best value/runner up etc when I was shopping around. Id also suggest looking for a used one locally. Its an expensive tool some people will get rid of cheap. You might have to put new knives in it but itll chew like new after that.

Not familiar with the planer itself but I did purchase a WEN oscillating sander and have been quite pleased with the power and durability of the sander. I agree with patio furniture - check craigslist etc for someone trying to get rid of one - just remember a good set of blades if they need replacing is going to run 60 bucks or so. I was lucky and found a nice older ryobi planer at a pawn shop for 1/2 the price of new.

The one at Amazon has dropped to $216, but I would also look at estate sales in your area. Sometimes you can find a decent tool horde at some of them.

Edit it is now down to $200

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