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Craftsman Planer...not as good as I hoped.

Craftsman Planer...not as good as I hoped.

856 days ago by RibsBrisket4me | 25 comments »

Well, I guess I got what I paid for. FYI, this is the 3rd planer I have owned over the past 15 years. The first was the best, the venerable Dewalt 733. I should have kept that tool forever. Bought on sale for $299 in the 1990’s, it was a workhorse and I had it tuned to miminal to no snipe. But when 3 knife planers came out, I sold it and “upgraded” to a RECONDITIONED Ridgid 3 knife. It was “okay” but the cutter head elevation crank was a bit tight. Planed pr...

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New Tool Purchase

New Tool Purchase

869 days ago 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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Rockwell RK9010 12 1/2" Portable Thickness Planer + stand (same as Grizzly G0505)

Rockwell RK9010 12 1/2" Portable Thickness Planer + stand (same as Grizzly G0505)

882 days ago by David Grimes | 11 comments »

First, much thanks to LJ member Roger Clark aka Rex for finding and sharing the deal. This is the Rockwell RK9010 planer that cost me only $204 shipped. It is identical in every way to the Grizzly G0505 (except the grizzly is green and has a bear on the front hood) that sells for $339 plus shipping and does NOT include the stand. The same package (unit + stand+ shipping) from Grizzly would cost me $393.70, so nearly half price. I also got to choose between orange and silver. I went...

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Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

Byrd Shelix Planer Head Retro

887 days ago by tenontim | 8 comments »

Decided to upgrade my 15” Grizzly planer to the Byrd shelix head. This head not only has the helical design, but the inserts are set at an angle to cause a shear cut to the wood, which will cut down on tear out and give a smoother cut. The cost of replacing the standard blades was beginning to get my attention, so if these index-able, 4 sided, carbide inserts hold up as advertised, I should be saving some money. I bought this planer head through Grizzly, which is on sale right now f...

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CAN'T BUY A STEEL CITY 13" HELICAL PLANER------NOW I KNOW WHY

CAN'T BUY A STEEL CITY 13" HELICAL PLANER------NOW I KNOW WHY

952 days ago by HANDSANDIT | 27 comments »

ARE WE GOING BACK TO THESE? A PUZZLING QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED FOR ME, AFTER READING TODD’S REVIEW OF THE STEEL CITY 13” PORTABLE PLANER WITH HELICAL HEAD. 2 DAYS AGO I CALLED HW AND WAS ALL EXCITED BECAUSE I HAD DECIDED TO BUY ONE OF THOSE PLANNERS. I HAD JUST GONE THRU 2 DEWALT PLANERS ,A 733 AND 735 AS THE INSIDES JUST CAME UNDONE.THAT’S ANOTHER STORY FOR WHICH I HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER FOR THESE PUZZLING CIRCUMSTANCES. WHEN A GENTELMAN FROM HW ANSWERED THE PHONE, I...

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A must for Delta portable planers

A must for Delta portable planers

977 days ago by Kevin | 12 comments »

Not going to go into great detail here on this review. Ordered one from amazon.com yesterday and it arrived this morning. Replacing the original shroud with this one was a brease, took about 1 minute if that. I did however drill two holes in the bottom left/right of the shroud and into the planer to make it more sturdy. Hooked up a 6.5hp shop vac to it and planed some boards. Taking 1/16 – 1/8 off each pass the shop vac didn’t leave any chips/dust behind. For $25 dollars...

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Accuhead info

Accuhead info

1025 days ago by Doogle | 3 comments »

Accuhead makes a Model M1304902A to fit the Dewalt DW 735. My neighbor and I put one in his machine and since we had never tried it before it took us a little over an hour. If you take your time it’s really not that difficult but a good memory helps. He loves it and it runs quieter and leaves a great finish in mahagony, maple and oak and he’s able to take heavier cuts without slowing the planer down by putting it under a heavy load it can’t handle. They had some test that ...

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New Planner

New Planner

1032 days ago by lrob | 10 comments »

I just got a new Grizzley GO453PX planner with spiral cuter head. It arrived by Freight at the dock where I work. Loaded it on my Pick-Up after work. It weights in at 700LBs. Getting it in the shop was a little tricky as the loader I used had a bucket wider than by 6’ double doors I have going into the shop. We finaly got it in and it took about 2 hours to get it all assembled and another 2 hours cleaning of all the protective grease off machine [Alcocol and elbow grease worked good]...

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Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination

1041 days ago by Boneski | 2 comments »

About a year ago, I decided to purchase a Woodfast 12” 3 HP 240V combination jointer / thickness planer. Most other gear available in Australia in this price range was only 10” capacity and didn’t seem to be put together very well. Woodfast is an Australian company that have been around for a long, long time. I grew up using their equipment at school and they are still major suppliers to the education department. Sadly, as is the case with a lot of companies these days, Woodfast as a company ...

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ridgid planer very sexy

ridgid planer very sexy

1075 days ago by gardentiger | 23 comments »

This planer does all that I ask it and more. Boards come out with smoothness and just a touch of love.

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