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#1 posted 06-03-2010 09:21 PM

The DeWalt DW735 is probably hands down the most popular planer among the magazine reviewers… And it IS a good machine. From what I have seen, there isn’t enough difference in the results, or durability of most lower end machines to justify the price range. Yes cutter head locks help, 4” dust chutes etc… all help, but with some technique, and proper setup, I am doing just fine with my cheapie Ryobi AP1301. Yes I would prefer a DW735, but honestly, at full retail price, I can buy 3+ AP1301 for what 1 DW735 costs, or a single AP1301 and a bunch of stock to work on it…

And the way I figure it, even the DW735 snipes a little bit, so no matter which one you get, you really SHOULD be figuring the first couple of inches as waste anyway…

FWIW, AP1301, 2.5 years in use, 1 set of knives swapped out due to stupid operator error (loose knots in a piece that I didn’t think about…)

Now if you have the funds to afford one, a floor model planer, like the big 15 and 20” models from the likes of Grizzly, and Delta are a completely different animal… Well worth looking into…

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