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Bench top planer.

by PCM
posted 01-16-2012 10:31 PM


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papadan

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 10:34 PM

Go with Ridgid or Dewalt for the best bang

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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richgreer

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 10:47 PM

The subject of benchtop planers comes up on these pages often.

If there is a consensus, I believe it is this – The DeWalt 735 is a great planer – perhaps the favorite if price is not an issue. The DeWalt 734 is a very good planner at a much lower cost. I’m a relatively active hobbyist, but not a pro. I stand with those who think that the 734 is more than adequate and, on a benefit/cost basis, I think it is preferable to the 735.

I don’t mean to disrespect the Ridgid or any other brand. I just have no experience with them.

FYI – I have owned a 733 (predecessor to the 734) for over 10 years of virtually flawless operation. It has never let me down.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Coupe06

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 12:34 AM

...you might try just swapping out the power switch to see if that’s all the problem there is…

‘Just sayin’...

Coupe

-- Coupe06-Actual

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Bill White

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 12:43 AM

It died? Why? Bunch of ? come to mind.
If it is REALLY dead, look at the DW 734 or 735 for good stuff. I have a 733 that has been a beast, and the knives are sharpenable.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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PCM

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 01:09 AM

The planer is really dead, I believe a bearing failure lead to the pully attached to the planer head to bend and possibly its shaft. The motor still works fine. I estimate the cost of repairpricing out parts and doing it myself to be at leat $150.00. Its simply not worth it for an 8 year old planer with no guarentee it would work.

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richgreer

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 01:10 AM

Bill – I’m not 100% certain, but I believe I have read that, while our 733s have sharpenable blades, the 734 does not. I see that as a relatively minor issue. Depending on usage, you would probably need to replace the blades on the 734 every 2 to 5 years.

Someone else may be able to confirm or correct my statement that the 734 blades are not replaceable.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Viking

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 01:19 AM

PCM;

Amazon has the Dewalt 735 with folding indeed / out feed tables, extra set of blades, and free shipping for $599. Added advantage is no sales tax which about another $50 savings.

I have had this planer for a couple of years and very pleased with it performance. It is 2 speed and blades can be flipped when first side gets dull.

Good luck with whatever you select.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Bill White

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 01:21 AM

Rich, I sharpen the 733 blades. The reversable “upgrades” can’t be touched up in the shop if anywhere else. I was just spouting about my old and trusty 733. It really jerks my chain that the 735 has OPTIONAL in/out feed tables. For that kind of bucks, why aren’t the tables included? I’m over my whining now.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 01:25 AM

Ridgid is my choice: Great warranty, comes with tables, their ‘disposable’ blades resharpen well, and I get no appreciable snipe after adjusting my tables.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Viking

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 01:33 AM

Bill White;

Think our posts crossed. See above where the tables are included as well as an extra set of blades.

My planer gets used a lot and I have about 2 years on first side of original blades. Still cuts with smooth finish that I can start sanding with 220 grit. I will admit that I have only planed clean wood.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 01:48 AM

Dewalt 735 for sure. You will need to get the stand and extension tables. I paid $275 for everything used.
At any rate get one with a chip ejection fan (like the 735 has). That fan helps keep the machine clean inside, which in turn improves quality of cut. Even with my dust collection attached, the internal fan is a big help.
I don’t think the two vs. three blade is all that important. One speed vs. two isn’t all that useful either.
Trust me on the fan.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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MichaelR

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 02:38 AM

Had a Delta 12 1/2” for 8 or so years. Great small lunchbox but it broke and too costly to fix it. I bought the Ridgid and don’t like it. Never could get the snipe out of it and it needed a total setup out of the box. Blades weren’t sharp, table adjustment didn’t want to hold without loctite and anything over 1/32” bogged it down. That I attribute completely to the blades and setup.

Ran across a used DeWalt 735 and love it. I don’t know if I could afford full price for one. I would buy the Delta 13” if something happened to the DeWalt. Just another opinion.

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doninvegas

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 02:54 AM

I have had the Delta 13” for about 8 years. I really like it. Keep the tables adjusted and there is no snipe. I flipped the blades about a year ago and the still cut clean. It is starting to act up a bit though. Think the rollers are starting to wear out. I have to give my boards a push to get them through. I have cleaned the rollers and waxed the bed but it didn’t help much. I this thing ever dies I’ll probably get the DeWalt 735 because of all the great reviews.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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toolie

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 04:13 AM

ridgid 4330. once registered with their lifetime service agreement, all repairs (parts and labor) are covered for life and are free to the tool’s original owner.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 01-17-2012 05:06 AM

Spend $569, get the DW735, and this one comes with the tables and an extra set of blades. I was dead set on the DW734 but this deal has me reconsidering.

Deal Link

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Viking

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#16 posted 01-17-2012 05:12 AM

PCM;

Nite Walker found you an even better deal on the DW 735. Make sure that they don’t charge you sales tax.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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woodwrkrz

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#17 posted 01-29-2012 11:30 PM

Have run about a 1000 bf of maple, oak and ash thru my Delta 22-560 but it just choked (toasted motor) on some ash. Now shopping for a new planer but wondering, will i be disappointed by the longevity of a new benchtop planer with their light weight motors? or was the Delta an exception? or did i just work it too hard taking too much in one pass?

i dont use the planer very often but when i do i probably do about a 1/2 day of continuous use for a project. Most of the lumber is less than 6” wide but I do have 11” Maple . Looks like the best benchtop is probably the Dewalt 735x which will probably run $580 + $135 for a base = $715. Alternatively a Grizzly G0453 which has a built in base and longer in-out tables runs about $1050. Can i expect the Dewalt to outlast my original Delta or is that just wishful thinking.

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NiteWalker

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#18 posted 01-30-2012 07:18 AM

You could always build the table (what I plan to do). It would be a lot cheaper than $138…
But if you can swing it, go stationary for sure. I can’t swing it, so I’m getting a benchtop. ;p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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woodwrkrz

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#19 posted 01-30-2012 03:20 PM

Thanks NiteWalker,
Do you have a good alternative to the Dewalt rolling base. Either plans for a user built base with support tables or a different commercial base?

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RibsBrisket4me

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#20 posted 01-30-2012 03:23 PM

I just bought the NEW Ridgid.The 4331. It has a cutterhead lock and a top mounted height handle. It is a LARGE and stable tool. Comes with a dust chute that I hook up my Ridgid shop vac to.

I freakin love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For $399 it is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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derosa

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#21 posted 01-30-2012 09:09 PM

The blades on the 734 supposedly can not be sharpened and the new ones are typically 50.00 though I’ve gotten 2 years out of mine so far. I believe they may be close to dead though. Mine has run a lot of oak, purpleheart, cherry and pine through it. Can’t complain about the life span though the cheap side of me hates the replacement cost.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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woodwrkrz

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#22 posted 02-01-2012 03:19 PM

Hi Guys,
I decided to go with the Dwalt planer but would still like plans for a user built bench for a thickness planer, ideally with wheels so I can move it around the shop. Is the Dewalt bench the best commercial option? By the way, I found a NEW Dewalt 735X on Amazon (one of the secondary suppliers Gulf Sales out of MS had it listed for $425 + $50 shipping)

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