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#1 posted 02-05-2014 02:15 PM

The DW735 (DeWalt) is a very popular lunchbox planer. Depending on the amount of use and maintenance, this tool should last most hobby / home improvement users decades. A busy pro shop could probably trash one in a matter of a couple of years, but then again, they should be looking at a much heavier duty machine.

I own the oft maligned Ryobi AP1301 13” bench top planer. Not it does not have a cutter head lock so yes it snipes. The snipe isn’t too bad, and when you consider the snipe I have gotten is all on sections of the lumber that would have been cut out anyway, it has been a non issue. Mine was a V-day gift from my wife in 2008 and has been used pretty heavily with only one problem (broken elevation handle) that Ryobi took care of under warranty no hassle.

The Ridgid R4331 is another well thought of planer. Cutter head lock, very little to no snipe, infeed and outfeed support tables, and good dust collection at a good price…

One thing you might consider, if your shop is space constrained, looking into a combination planer / jointer. I would steer clear of the Jet machines unless you want to do some re engineering of the tables, but the Rikon and Grizzly machines seem to be fairly decent…

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