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Posted on Dewalt 735 vs Northern Tool 15" planer

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#1 posted 09-20-2017 03:54 PM

I don’t mean to be argumentative but I machine wood to consistencies of +/- 0.005” over the entire surface all the time. Face frame requirements are nowhere close to that. The accuracy is required for CNC router engraving where depth of cut accuracy is 100% dependent on the consistency of the wood thickness. For over 10 years, I used a Ridgid TP1300 lunchbox planer. It was equipped with a Wixey DRO and I was able to routinely set the necessary accuracy every time without any trial cuts. I now use a new Jet JJP12-HH 12 inch cast iron jointer/planer. I fitted it with a DRO as well but I just can’t get the accuracy I got with the Ridgid. I have experienced the same kind of problem with every 15 or 20 inch cast iron planer I have ever used – and there have been several. Since getting the new machine, I always plane a little thick and run the material through the drum sander to finalize the thickness of the material.

I realize that the TP1300 isn’t the same as the Dewalt 735 but I can’t bring myself to believe its accuracy would be worse.

Portable planers underperform stationary
planers in consistency of thicknessing
in my experience. If you make face frames
or door frames the inconsistencies will have
you spending more time sanding corners.

That said, portable planers do tend to yield
a nicer finish.

- Loren

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