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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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Great Purchase - Refurbished Nonetheless

Great Purchase - Refurbished Nonetheless

01-30-2011 08:57 AM by OhioPumpGuy | 9 comments »

I bought this planer a few months ago from ToolKing.com (http://www.toolking.com/) for about $450. It has been one of the best purchases and additions to my shop. I read reviews about people having issues with dull blades, etc. I have ran a tone of wood from pine to oak to maple through this planer and the factory blades are perfect. The key is not running too much wood at once. The only issue that I have had is that the rollers need to be cleaned every so often and the feed plate should...

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Out of the box, I'm thrilled

Out of the box, I'm thrilled

01-30-2011 04:42 AM by Todd Clare | 13 comments »

When I began pondering the purchase of a thickness planer, I researched Fine Woodworking and saw that the DEwalt 735 was rated the best. My plans were to purchase this model when I decided it was time. As many of you likely read, I was drawn in by the helical head Steel City, and had some issues with it out of the box. As I said in that review, maybe I got a one-off lemon, but nonetheless, I wasn’t that impressed. Fortunately Chris from Highland Woodworking, where I ordered the ...

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Ryobi AP1301

Ryobi AP1301

01-28-2011 09:28 AM by HobieMan | 5 comments »

I love my planer, again for the price. Mine does have the 4” dust port so it must be a later version. I recently noticed that it is not planing a consistent thickness across the width of the board and I am getting inconsistent snipe, some times worse than others on the same board. It is going off to a service center tomorrow.

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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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Alot to like about this planer...

Alot to like about this planer...

01-17-2011 05:28 AM by Brad_Nailor | 30 comments »

Well, I have been wanting to get one of these since I first read about them, a ways back. I read all the reviews and really wanted this planer over the DeWalt two speed. I finally got the opportunity to buy one and I took delivery of it about a week after Christmas. I bought it from Highland Hardware..they had it on sale for $499.00, and $48.00 shipping. It came UPS, and it was really heavy. Hand trucked it down to my shop and opened it up. Packed very well, and didn’t seem damaged at ...

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Great planer for a small shop

Great planer for a small shop

11-27-2010 02:10 AM by SonnyGarcia | 10 comments »

I purchased this at sears a couple years ago and love it. No complaints at all. It is 13” wide, it can take hard wood well, cuts well and has a sturdy frame. The lowering top is also a neat design that makes use easy. It features an easy to read ruler on the side and has preset widths to make your planning easy. I highly recommend this to all. If you want to take it to a job site, you can. It is about 100 lbs. But is a bit akward to carry by yourself, although I have done it m...

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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

09-17-2010 05:21 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks. Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completel...

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Dewalt DW735 and DW7350 planer stand

Dewalt DW735 and DW7350 planer stand

09-16-2010 08:51 AM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

I have been very pleased with the 735 planer and 7350 planer stand with mobile base. The base rolls around effortlessly, yet locks down solidly with the push of a foot pedal. The planer works very well. I like to remove only about 1/32” per pass to limit wear on the machine. I have never had feed roller problems like some competitor brands, and the chip ejection fan (along with a Jet DC650 dust collector) leaves no chips on the floor and no dust in the air! Blade changes and adjust...

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Excellent planer, but get the extended tables

Excellent planer, but get the extended tables

08-05-2010 04:37 PM by Vrtigo1 | 15 comments »

This is my first planer, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it works great. All of the controls are easy to use, two speeds (different # of CPI for dimensioning or finishing). I like the fact that the cutter head is connected to the base with 4 risers instead of two like the DW734 and DW733 as well as the Ridgid and Ryobi planers they carry at Lowes and Home Depot. The depth adjustment is extremely easy to use and once I set it, it hasn’t moved once. The top is e...

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