I'm looking for use of a thickness planer next weekend; I was planning on renting one from the VTL, but my membership there has lapsed.
I love the VTL, but the $45 membership fee on top of the daily tool rental and the general availability of almost every other tool at VHS makes going to VTL a bit less desirable. For a one day rental I'm looking at $55 which is a bit steep, might as well look into commercial rentals. (Note, I don't think VTL is a bad deal, but since VHS has 99% of the tools I would be renting anyway, I don't think I'd get much use out of another year's worth of membership).
So my options, as I see it are:
1) Pay $55 to VTL for one day's rental of a thickness planer. (Good cause- VTL, high price, low personal value)
2) Beg here for someone to lend me a thickness planer next week. (low price, but hassle for someone else)
3) See if people want to go in for a group buy. (Good cause- VHS, potentially medium price, high personal value)
The cheapest thickness planer I can find is the one below. Mathias from woodgears.ca I believe uses this one and rates it as quite a good value (especially if you are willing to level it yourself if you get one of the poorly leveled ones).
I'd be open putting in ~$40 for a group buy, and I'd be open to suggestions on a different/better plane.
I know we aren't primarily a wood shop, but this is certainly the sort of tool that you wouldn't normally have access to.