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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:16 AM

That type of wood, especially if grit is on it is going to be hard on any HSS blades. Some of the blades on planers these days have index/alignment pins so changing blades are only as hard as getting to them. For what you are intending to use it for I would recommend a spiral cutterhead that uses carbide inserts. They cost a little more but they don’t dull or nick as easily and in the long run are cheaper to use verses HSS knife replacements. And each carbide insert has four cutting edges on it so if it does dull or nick you turn it 90 degrees and it’s good to go again.

I like my DeWalt 735 going on 8 years now. It has a trade off though, super smooth finish on the wood but sometimes at the cost of the knives nicking. Some people don’t have that problem but I did, but I typically use rough sawn lumber. It has one of the best if not the best finishes on the wood of all the planers.

I did replace the cutterhead on mine with a spiral cutterhead brand name Shelix. So that solved that problem and I still get an excellent finish on the wood. The 735 also has a fan assisted dust collection port and when connected to a dust collector no sawdust produced by it escapes collection.

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