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#1 posted 03-30-2010 02:49 PM

I am assuming that you are looking for a 12 – 13” planer that runs on 110 volts. Bigger planers are in a whole different category and price range.

The DeWalt DW735 has 2 speeds and in virtually all other regards it is top notch. It is also somewhat expensive and you really need to buy the optional table extensions to minimize snipe (making it even more expensive). You do not have or need a separate lock to hold the head in place.

I have over 10 years experience with the more basic DeWalt DW733. It is a very solid and dependable machine. It is a single speed machine. You have to apply a lock to hold the head in place (and release it to move the head). Note – this model has been replaced with the very similar DW734.

Grizzly offers a 15” planner that runs on 110 volts with a 1.5 hp motor. I think (not certain) it is a 2 speed. I’ve never used it, but it would be on my list if I ever wanted to replace my existing machine.

Be advised – the planer is, by far, the loudest machine in my shop. I ALWAYS wear ear protection when running the planer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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