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Posted on 13" Planers: Dewalt, Ridgid, or Steel City

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 12:33 AM

Have you considered the Dewalt 734? I picked up the 734 about six months ago and I have no complaints. Granted, it is a 12 1/2” and not a 13” planer, if that matters to you or not. I did a TON of research before buying a planer and I decided on the 734 for a couple reasons: 1) it is $150-$200 cheaper than the Dewalt 735 (I shopped around and got my 734 for $365) 2) It had the most favorable reviews of any planer that I looked at and 3) the blades are disposable, but they are also reversable and are apparently long-lasting (I haven’t used mine enough to comment on that). I can tell you that no matter what website I looked at, virtually NO ONE had anything nice to say about the Steel City Planer. Now, maybe Steel City has cleaned up it’s act in the mean time I don’t know, also it is my understanding that the Steel City is not a ‘true’ helical cutterhead-hopefully somebody more knowledgeable can comment on that. As an aside, the Ridgid was in my top three when I was trying to decide which one to buy myself. Hope this helps!

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