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Phoenix Rebourn

Phoenix Rebourn

03-03-2016 01:21 PM by RostyVyg | 20 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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Replacing an old benchtop planer

Replacing an old benchtop planer

02-13-2011 08:14 PM by Ian_S | 7 comments »

I recently purchased ($1390.00) this planer from my local woodworking store Warren Cutlery in Rhinebeck New York. The planer was on display in the store, so all I had to do set up wise was bolt on the cast iron bed extensions, connect the dust collection hood and install a plug. Set up time under two hours. The adjustment screws on the bed extensions were easy to use when leveling the beds, though the screws on each end had limited room for turning the allen key. This planer appears to b...

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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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Well built, reliable, great performing machine

Well built, reliable, great performing machine

02-29-2008 03:44 PM by JLYoung | 12 comments »

I bought this planer about a year and a half ago and it has served me very well. The cutter head lock has pretty much eliminated snipe. The only time I get it is if I try and feed a wide board though without first jointing one face. (I know this is not the proper way, but if a board is short and wide, won’t fit on my jointer and I’m taking off 1/4” I figure I can flatten it quite well by continuously flipping it around). The blades on this planer apparently aren’t ...

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Dewalt DW735

Dewalt DW735

01-23-2008 02:09 AM by Ray | 14 comments »

I have really worked this tool for many hours lately and am totally impressed with its performance. It is pricy but has received a number of best product recognitions in magazine articles in their plainer reviews. It’s easy to adjust and feed wood through. You must use a vacuum system with it! It’s 13” wide capacity should cover most boards you want to plain down.It has a three knife cutter-head which helps extend the life of the knife. The blades are easy to change and t...

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New Tool Purchase

New Tool Purchase

12-03-2011 08:20 AM by NormG | 12 comments »

Just this evening I picked up a new DW734. I would post what I paid for it, but you would not believe me. After I get it set up and make some chips I will write a review and by that time I will have taken a picture of my receipt and post it. There was a very large error made, I by happenstance came across it, took advantage of it by placing my order and the price was honored. I am very fortunate of this event and know it. I am also very grateful for this event as I would not have been ab...

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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 | 18 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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Shelix Replacement Head Too Small in Diameter

Shelix Replacement Head Too Small in Diameter

12-12-2015 07:54 PM by greatview | 15 comments »

I replaced the stock head in my DW735 with a new Shelix spiral head. It seem as if the Shelix diameter is slightly less that that of the stock head. I had to remove the blades in order to pull the old head out as they were a larger diameter than that of bearing and I couldn’t remove it intact. The Shelix head goes through the bearing seat thus is smaller that the diameter of the stock head. Clearly the entry side is closer than before. In other words, I have to crank down the u...

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New Oliver 4420 16 inch planer with Helical Head

New Oliver 4420 16 inch planer with Helical Head

03-07-2015 07:05 PM by bons | 5 comments »

I just got my new Oliver 4420 16” planer moved into my workshop. My workshop is a work in progress as I look forward to working less (NOT “RETIRING”) and spending time “working wood”. At 670 lbs., it was a challenge to get into my walk out basement workshop. I Rented a 1000 lbs. capacity dolly, recruited 3 really young, really big guys from our church home, fed them a “lumberjack’s ” breakfast and we went to work. I had built a ramp from 3/4 pl...

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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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