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Byrd Shelix Cutter Head for Dewalt DW735

Byrd Shelix Cutter Head for Dewalt DW735

02-09-2011 03:07 AM by ChrisForthofer | 17 comments »

Installation: I purchased this unit about 2 weeks ago, and due to all the crazy weather back east it just finally arrived today (no reflection on the vendor). I was like a kid in a candy store, brought it inside and began taking my Dewalt apart for installation. Byrd provides pretty detailed instructions on getting the head in the planer. There could have been a slightly more detail in the instructions but if you have basic mechanical skills it will take an hour or so to accomplish the ...

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Ridgid 13" Planer

Ridgid 13" Planer

02-26-2009 11:48 PM by Alan | 20 comments »

I bought this planer for my small basement workshop. It was fairly cheap, $299 Canadian on sale. It takes off alot of wood fast and is very easily adjusted. The only problem is snipe, even when I feel the boards are supported. The other observation is that after using it for a little while it creates alot of static electricity, shaving stick to it. Anyway I make sure my boards are longer then required then cut off the snipe. If I was to purchase another one I might spend more and get a ...

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First on the Block to Get the New Plane

First on the Block to Get the New Plane

02-18-2009 07:10 PM by bobdurnell | 45 comments »

After seeing the advertisement in the latest Woodcraft magazine offering the new Wood River planes I couldn’t wait to see them. The article said that they resemble the LN planes and were more affordable. After calling my local Woodcraft store I was told that it would be a while before they would have the planes in the store. Yesterday 2/17/09 I went to check them out and I believe that they are what was said in the ad.I have a no.5, no.2, no.1, and a low angle adjustable block by LN....

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DeWalt DW734 12 inch thickness planer

DeWalt DW734 12 inch thickness planer

09-21-2013 02:54 PM by Purrmaster | 19 comments »

I’ve had this planer for about 2 years now and have run lots of wood through it. From easy stuff like aspen to nastier stuff like ipe and purpleheart. My overall experience with the tool has been excellent. I don’t know how I got along before I got a planer. The DW734 is the lower end of DeWalt’s “lunchbox” planers. The fancier one being the DW735. This planer has three knives, of the disposable variety. They are “double sided”. When the k...

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Simply the best I have used

Simply the best I have used

12-26-2008 09:24 PM by KBC | 18 comments »

This planer/Molder/Sander/Gang saw machine was pricey ($2,350 or@ $90.00 per month) It came with a ‘pro pack’ which included:18-1/8 inch unit 5 hp motor.(220 single phase for blades/110 pinch rollers) Acc. shaft for mounting gang saws/molding knives(drum sander and planer shafts only require end sets)Knife holderDust chuteBed board(slick material which allows very smooth working of the material)Drum sanding kit(drum and 2 different grits of paper/with velcro backing)2 (700) Saw...

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Sending it back

Sending it back

01-21-2011 12:55 AM by Todd Clare | 36 comments »

Note: I’ll keep updating this as things progress. And italic items to clarify my original pronouns to make sure it’s clear when I’m talking about Steel City or Highland, both who are helping me out with the issue as we speak. My original review (2 stars)I was excited to order this planer, and found it online at Highland Woodworking for $100 off. I got it last week, and am really disappointed in it. Although I’d say the fit and finish of it isn’t ideal (s...

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Now I really do have 10 Inches...

Now I really do have 10 Inches...

03-01-2010 05:56 PM by Kerry Drake | 27 comments »

Last August I purchased a Jet 10” Combination Jointer/Planer, and last weekend I finally got to give it a real workout. I had 3 pieces of 6/4 Cherry all 10’ long ranging in width from about 5” up to nearly 9”. I needed to mill them all down to the exact same thickness so I could glue them up and make one massive cherry counter top 9’ 3” long and 17” deep. Me and my Jet got to spend 5 hours of quality time with each other. The good: 1 – T...

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Delta 22-590 13" planer

Delta 22-590 13" planer

02-11-2011 10:21 PM by ic3ss | 10 comments »

It seems this is the first LJ review of the new Delta 22-590 planer. Delta released this last summer, I believe, and I’ve only found a few reviews by people who’ve actually used the thing. Most of them on the web are just copy-and-paste of someone elses’ review. I wanted to save some money and buy a used planer, and after wasting my time and a lot of gas on a Craigslist deal-gone-bad for a used 22-580, I decided to buy new. This is the 22-590, it’s the update to the 22...

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Laguna 16" Planer delivers

Laguna 16" Planer delivers

12-26-2012 10:38 PM by Deeppocket | 17 comments »

I purchased a Laguna 16” Planer last month and have a mostly positive review of the machine and the Company. As a disclaimer, I am retired, and enjoy woodworking as a hobby. My Planer experience is limited to my 13” DeWalt lunchbox Planer and now this industrial machine. I did not work in the industry. As a second disclaimer, Laguna did send me a T-Shirt after my purchase. Laguna’s 16” Planer is very similar to the Powermatic 15HH 15’ Planer, and probably cam...

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Good performance but I wouldn't buy it again

Good performance but I wouldn't buy it again

09-25-2014 02:21 PM by JSB | 27 comments »

The planer itself performs very well. It has a heck of a chip ejection system that will allow you to pipe this into a filter bag without the need for a dust collector. I’ve never had an issue with the amount of power it has even at full 13” wide passes. Snipe is horrible out of the box but the way I have my auxiliary bed setup it reduces it significantly. Lots of upgrades and options available on the internet. The reason I wouldn’t buy it again is that it’s a money ...

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