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    Default Workzone thicknesser at Aldi

    Hi folks, I know this is sort of a recurring question, but here I am!

    I just saw that Aldi will have for sale a thicknesser for $299 next week (https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-b...knesser-1500w/)

    I was honestly waiting for a combo jointer/thicknesser to have 2 tools in one but I have been waiting for so long now and I am postponing a lot of projects.

    I had mixed experiences with Aldi tools in the past (I bought a router that works perfect and a bandsaw that works just fine but all the small tools and bits etc are just scraps).

    I don't expect anything magic about this thicknesser, but the question really is: how much worse it could be compared to other cheap thicknessers that are sold for not less than $500?

    What do you think?

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    It looks like it could be no worse but you won't know till after you buy it. One query, are replacement blades available for it and how much will they set you back?

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    Its likely to do as good a job as the Ryobi at bunnings thats almost double the money. That said take note of Bohdan's advice re blades as there are quite a few different ones in those benchtop thickies.
    BTW my first thicknesser was a $200 ozito on special and I got 8 years out of it.
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    It seems to me that the primary difference between this one and one twice the price is that this one has 2 HSS blades vs the ones twice the price have segmented cutter heads.

    The other thing is that you will need a dust collector to suck the chips away or you get poor results. Don't ask me how I know.




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    Looks like Bunnings have price-dropped their Ryobi thicknesser (579 to $298) to match.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-15...esser_p6210479

    Also price dropped a Ryobi scroll saw ($149 to $89.89) and Ozito mitre saw ($79.90 to $49), in response to Aldi's special I guess. Might be worth a look.

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    That's a very good price on the Ryobi and at least you you would be able to get support should anything go wrong, unlike Aldi.

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    They are identical units, the difference is name and colour. made side by side in the same factory
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    I may have mentioned on these forums once or twice that the practical difference between Ryobi and cheap MIC is a paint job that doubles the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabs View Post
    Looks like Bunnings have price-dropped their Ryobi thicknesser (579 to $298) to match.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-15...esser_p6210479

    Also price dropped a Ryobi scroll saw ($149 to $89.89) and Ozito mitre saw ($79.90 to $49), in response to Aldi's special I guess. Might be worth a look.
    If that's the way Bunnings want to play the game then IMO they don't deserve our support. If they can afford to cut the prices on those tools to that extent the tools should be available at a price much closer to the discounted price all the time. After all 'lower prices are just the beginning', what a crock.
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    At those prices, almost worth having one to use for rough stock before putting it through a better model for good finish.
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    I have a similar one that I got from Carbatec. I have had it for 10 years. Pushed it to its limits and tried to keep it clean.

    I want another one with the spiral head but not until this dies and even that will be after i try to fix it.

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    I was a bit keen on getting the Aldi one for odd jobs but went for the Ryobi instead after seeing the price reduction. There were better options in the 500 to 600 dollar range but not at 300. BTW it has a 4 year warranty. It should be good for the pine pallet projects I do, though I best make sure I get all the nails out first!

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    I guess the next question at this point is: how much worse is the ryobi with the new price w.r.t., for example, this: https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W813

    Is it worth to spend the extra $200? Or at the end of the day, they will delivery almost the same result?

    What I'm understading is that if one really wants to improve the quality, they should buy one with helical heads...but than the price is not justified for an occasional use...is it?

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    I would not see another $200 value there.
    Seeing as the bunnings model is dropped to match aldi I think I would rather trust bunnings for the take back option as aldi looks to be quite a hastle in that department.
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    and what about this? https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W815

    I know I am flying far from the original question...but the point is: even if I use these tools not on a regular basis, quality is very important to me...and sometimes, if I know that I cannot achieve the quality I would like, I don't even start a project. And also...I don't want to buy a tool and replace it with an upgraded version less then one year later.

    Is the T13S with the spiral head a better thicknesser?

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