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

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 05:51 PM

I like my 735. After extensive use milling rough lumber over the past few years, buying 200-300 bf at a time, I am looking at the Shelix upgrade.
The helical carbide cutters apparently last much longer, are quieter, and are more cost effective.
Any of these planers would need upgrading to be a great small production machine.
I do not believe the Ridgid is upgradable to helical or carbide cutters.
The Steel City maybe. I have heard many regrets on this site with Steel City purchases, although not specifically the planer.
The Dewalt is pretty good right out of the box. Buy the stand and the infeed/outfeed tables and it will work well for you. At a productive hobby shop level, it makes sense to upgrade to the shelix head at some point. If you are only going to plane 200 b.f per year, it is just fine stock. If you plane 1000 b.f. per year, you will want carbide cutters.

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