I finally added another tool to my shop. It’s my first “big” tool purchase; it’s big for me, at least. I was given my table saw and drill press, so no money spent there. I’ve been wanting to move towards being able to mill my own lumber. This is step 1. Although, I think a band saw is next on the list of tools I need most, then a jointer.
The planer is a DeWalt DW734. I’ve seen it at Lowe’s and have read plenty of reviews. I didn’t want to get the cheapest option (like a 2-knife Porter Cable) and wanted to get the best tool I could get for what I need at this point. I settled on this one: it uses 3 knives and has good reviews. I found it brand new on Amazon marketplace and spent around $60 less than I would have at Lowe’s, which is even after paying $46 for shipping.
It came 2nd day shipping.
I was kind of concerned, to be honest, since the price was so low. Everything looks to be OK so far.
It is a pretty hefty little machine. I was surprised at how much it weighed.
The dust hood was in the little cardboard box.
It has a mirrored surface, I guess to help with blade changes.
It comes with a couple of tools attached behind the carriage. The instruction book says to be sure to remove these before running the planer. I’ll have to make a mental note about that.
I installed the knob to adjust the height. The operation is very smooth. I’ve still got to read some more about how to use it correctly in the instruction booklet.
I’m very excited about this purchase and I hope it helps to take some aspects of my woodworking to another level. I really want a jointer now, but as I said previously, I think a band saw is more needed. There is so much that I can do on a band saw. It was really a toss up between a band saw and the planer. I want a 14” band saw, so it would’ve taken quite a bit longer to save up for it. I’ve at least still got a jig saw.
I’ll update this post once I’ve gotten some use out of it to let you know how it’s working.