|Review by medicnurse70||posted 04-19-2010 11:41 PM||3758 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
I purchased the Dewalt 734 today from Lowes for $399.00. I have been looking at both the Ridgid 13” and this Dewalt. I have it fiqured out that these are pretty much equal products. Why did I choose Dewalt ? Simply because I was worried about the ability to find replacement knives for the Ridgid. I also like the manual lock on the Dewalt and I am also a little po’d with Home Depot because they would not honor their on- line price in the store which was 369.00 vs. 399.00. (With free shipping). I also saw a couple of references to the Ridgid’s ability to maintain power when it was maxed out. For a complete review of many benchtop planers see the March 2010 Wood magazine.
REVIEW: I got my planer home and took it all out of the box only to find that the crank handle for raising and lowering the planer is missing. One call to Dewalt and I spoke to someone that spoke very good english and agreed to send out a handle and screw. I was on hold a minimal amount of time waiting for a real person.
I did manage to use the planer by turning the shaft with vice grips after I wrapped them with electrical tape. What I can tell you is that I planed about 1/16 of an inch off of a piece of 2×4 red oak from a pallet that I salvaged from a dumpster. The cut was FREAKIN AWSOME !!!! The sound is not too bad and the chips shoot out of the dust hood very nice !!! I would give this a five star but the crank handle was missing. I will update as I start to use the planer more. I am very happy with my purchase.
4/22/10 The handle for the height adjustment came today from Dewalt. I reveived this part without any problems and within a reasonable time. My Planer is now complete. I will now give my planer 5 stars