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Oliver 4420 16” 5hp helical Planer

Oliver 4420 16” 5hp helical Planer

03-02-2018 06:43 AM by Trout121180 | 1 comment »

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks, I am writing to review the Oliver 4420 16” 5hp thickness planer. This is going to be a two part review. I just received the machine today. So this part of the review will be about my initial impression, setting the machine up, packaging, and Oliver customer service. I will follow up with an update after a few months when I have run several hundred board feet of lumber through the machine. I will start off by saying I did a ton of research before I made this purcha...

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Dewalt 13” thickness planer review

Dewalt 13” thickness planer review

02-09-2018 01:00 AM by Gunnyb4 | 17 comments »

I’ve had this planer for 3 months and I am very satisfied. It’s a huge upgrade from my ryobi planer. I had some really rough mahogany that it planned down with no issues. The ryobi died trying to take off a 1/16” cut. I’ve put a bunch of hard wood through it as well as some cutting board projects. No chatter no sniping. I’ve planes down 3/4” strips to 1/8” thick. I put a review on YouTube you can check out the link below. https://youtu.be/pJLDbD2y7wM

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DW735 / DW735X Dust Collection

DW735 / DW735X Dust Collection

12-19-2017 12:32 AM by DakotaHeirlooms | 8 comments »

I recently ordered a DW735X to replace my old DW734. Note the difference between the DW735 and the DW735X is that the DW735X comes with an extra set of blades and the extension tables. The machine has worked as advertised so far. I can’t feel any difference on the finish between the 2 speeds. Snipe is negligible. I think the complaints I’ve read about the blades not lasting is because the user is taking too much material at a time. The only problem that I had with the DW735 is the dust col...

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Solid Combo Machine

Solid Combo Machine

03-09-2017 08:23 PM by Goodsh | 8 comments »

Introduction I bought this in 2014 and have now used it enough (and procrastinated enough) that it’s time to do a review. It’s a long one because when I was shopping for this there were no reviews anywhere and now I’m in the same boat with no reviews of table saws I’m looking at so I decided I needed to pay it forward and do my part by doing a detailed review. Hopefully someone finds it useful. In making this purchase I looked at a number of alternatives. I looked at ...

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Ultimate lunchbox

Ultimate lunchbox

09-22-2016 08:08 PM by Joshh | 2 comments »

After spending the whole weekend planing some 2×4s and trying to find my way from under a mountain of shavings I finally decided on a power planer. I got a refurbished one but would be probably better off buying new for the piece of mind that the one was not too abused.See how the table is not in pristine shape out of the box. With the planer I did more in half an hour than I could do with hand planes in two days. It works exceptionally well on changing grain near knots where no ma...

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For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

For all practical purposes DW735 doesn't produce snipe...

08-28-2016 11:46 PM by CrazyRussianWoodShop | 20 comments »

I am not going to use the micrometer like Matthias Wandel did to measure the snipe in his review of DW735 but I will let you see the lack of it (for all practical purposes) with your own eyes by attaching my camera to the board and sending it through the planer (you will see the straight line that the cutter head produces on both ends) and then checking for snipe with the straight edge. Disclaimer: if you look really close and use the micrometer you will find a tiny snipe. My point is–for ...

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Issues resolved - Great customer service

Issues resolved - Great customer service

04-28-2016 06:33 PM by greatview | 10 comments »

Several months ago I posted a negative review on the Shelix replacement head for my Dewalt 735. The problem was that the replacement heads are normally slightly smaller in diameter which makes it possible to install a Shelix with all the cutters in place through the main bearing seat on the drive end. However, I found the reduced diameter to be a problem as now I had snipe and a reduced cutting range and increased roller pressure. After a couple of phone calls and emails to Byrd Tool, th...

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Phoenix Rebourn

Phoenix Rebourn

03-03-2016 01:21 PM by RostyVyg | 23 comments »

When I was looking for a thickness planer I found out that excluding a few companies (like Dewalt and Makita) most other tool manufacturers have their thickness planers built for them by one and the same Far East factory ( Shinmax: http://www.shinmax-qd.com/en/ ) that has been in planer building business seemingly forever. I have nothing against Chinese, or Taiwanese, or Korean goods if they are properly designed and executed and the fact that a manufacturer acquired good experience over yea...

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From a Pinto to a Ferrari

From a Pinto to a Ferrari

01-26-2016 07:38 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 17 comments »

When you go from the planer like in the third picture to a newer model, there is going to be an obvious world of difference. After fifteen years of using my H&W planer which is to say been very good to me even with some of the finagaling i had to do some days to get her to run right. I decided finally it was time to purchase a new Planer, so for six months of researching all the different planers I finally opted for this Dewalt, Now i have only used it a few times to more or less test it ...

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Grizzly Customer Service Review

Grizzly Customer Service Review

12-22-2015 06:37 PM by mpo414 | 13 comments »

I wanted to post a quick review of my recent interactions with Grizzly customer service, not specifically a review on the G0505 12-1/2” Planer because I have not had a chance to use it yet but I thought this information may be helpful to anyone interested. I am giving Grizzly customer service 5 stars. My wife actually ordered me the G0505 planer as a Christmas gift almost two months ago and has been keeping it in hiding since then. Because she could not move it herself I got to see my g...

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