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Posted on Dewalt 735 vs Northern Tool 15" planer

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#1 posted 09-21-2017 12:24 AM

I like America! You can buy something, then return it on a whim and let the merchant eat the cost!
Once I saw an apparently homeless man successfullly returned an empty vodka bottle claiming that all vodka leaked out ! True story.

Ok, so. First of all, it wasn’t “on a whim”. I purchased the dewalt because i couldn’t find a larger machine in my price range. I figured, why not give it a try? But I’ve been keeping an eye on clist for something more durable. I returned the dewalt because i was concerned about the possibility of total catastrophic failure after a year or two and total loss of my investment. Is that a legitimate reason to return a $500 machine? Second, the merchant doesn’t “eat the cost”. The machine is returned to the manufacturer who then refurbishes it themselves or sells it (for a profit) to a third party company like Big Sky. Seems like everyone goes home happy.

Fred, thank you, ive been looking online for a manual but can only find one for the 15” jet, they’re close enough, ive been told. Would you say so as well?

Pertaining to bench top vs cast
In my admittedly limited experience with the dewalt, and woodwork in general, but having used the dewalt quite a bit recently i will say this. If i could afford both and had room for both, that would be the way to go. The dewalt is a fantastic machine, much better than the Porter cable 12”. Its accurate, delivers a very smooth finish, and will plane material as thin as ⅛” thick. However, I begin with a lot of rough hewn lumber, what the dewalt takes 6 passes to accomplish, the NT does in one.

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