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Tool thoughts #44: Back in the shop (soon)

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Blog entry by NedB posted 490 days ago 2326 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My almost 8 yr. old DW734 has seen better days. and I pulled the trigger on a new Steel City 40100 13” planer as an investment in my cutting board venture. I also ordered a pair of Bowclamp cauls and a set of replacement wrenches for my PC router.

While I’m waiting for the planer to arrive, I’m going to be doing a bit of Spring cleaning, since spring has finally sprung and I won’t freeze out in the shop. I’ll update with photos once I get some progress done.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 490 days ago

What made you choose this over the Dewalt 735?

I’m sure the Steel City will work good for you… it seems like all of their products are GOOD!

Now, for some cutting boards! LOL

Have fun with your new tool & be safe.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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NedB

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#2 posted 490 days ago

Joe, as nice as the DW735 is, it isn’t $400 nicer than the Steel city… so ultimately, what I could afford was the Steel City. Actually, if I had the money, I’d go for the Helical Head version, which is also over $600… also, my ‘new’ DC has a 2.5” hose, and the steel city comes with the correct fitting for that already.
I need to get busy out there in the shop, it is almost show season and I have to build up some stock!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 489 days ago

Very good reasons…

Yes, I dream / drool over those Helical Heads & how nice they are… They really convert the tool into a completely different one! LOTS of money though… Someday, maybe the prices will drop… hope so, anyway.

I got my 735 off of ebay & was very lucky…

You can get a lot of good wood for the differences! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 488 days ago

From what I hear the DeWalt DW735 is a good planer.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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NedB

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#5 posted 488 days ago

CJ, so it is, but it sure wasn’t ‘doable’ money wise right now. Neither was the Steel City, if I were just picking up a new tool to have the tool. I have a stack of cutting boards in progress, and with my planer down I’m dead in the wate, however. SO I Invested in the new planer. I got the least expensive one which also gave me the features I need to get the job done. Someday, I hope to step up a level to a combination planer/sander/saw from woodmastertools.com.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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