I guess this is a tool gloat more than anything.
I like hand planing boards, but sometimes, and especially when trying to get a board to a certain thickness (while keeping it straight) I just want to be able to throw the board through an infeed and automate that process. especially since I’m coming up with some projects that require large/long boards to be planed down.
so, with a budget in mind, I keep an eye on craigslist from time to time. the only things I’ve seen in my planned budget ($100-$200) were some old Delta lunch box planers, I read good reviews on those here, and was perfectly happy if I could get one of those. some looked more descent than others, but some just screamed “needs TLC” – and I don’t have much time for that nowadays… so I kept my eye open, but didn’t bite on any of those. I would have liked to have the Dewalt 13” planer – but that one is way out of my budget… at $650 market price, and $400+ used… not gonna happen.
until last weekend.
saw a dewalt 13” 735 planer for sale on craiglist. now the price is over my planned budget, but it detailed that it comes with the dewalt roller stand, and a few spare blade sets – so I figured it’s worth bumping the budget for those added benefits.
I contacted the seller, assuming that for that price it’s probably long gone by now, but was glad to have gotten a response back that it’s still available. made plans to meet, and I took with me a cutoff piece of oak to make a test run to make sure nothing is out of place. the seller stated that it had very minimal use as it was a backup machine- but you never know. best to check for yourself.
when I arrived, I saw that the planer actually includes not only the stand, but also the infeed/outfeed tables, and the guy also threw in a clear 4” 10’ hose with it… not bad , not bad at all.
I ran the oak through it taking off 1/32”... ran it twice, and was very pleased with the finish surface.. much better than I had anticipated (first time using a power planer)
needless to say I now have a new planer blocking the last piece of empty space I had in the garage…. time to reorganize the work space so that I’ll have room to stand there as well.
I’ll write a full review once I’m more experienced with the unit but so far I really like it’s features – automatic cutterhead lock, repeatable thickness stops (similar to the Ridgid repeat-a-cut concept), and large handwheels.
this thing is LOUD! the loudest of all the machines I’ve ever experienced with as of yet. and HEAVY at 92lbs… not quite as portable as the others I was looking at – but it can be a positive thing.
the mobile base I must say is excellent – it rolls smoothly, locks securely, and has a shelf for extra storage, so the space is not completely wasted.
my only concern is that it’s of the earlier machines that hit the market, and from reading reviews they seemed to have had some QA issues back then… I hope this one was not one of those, although for the price, I can still break even.
does any of you that use this have any experience as to how long those blades can last before they need to be replaced with a new set (Ballpark)?
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