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Klickitat

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06-11-2015 03:22 PM

I need a decent thickness planer for the shop and my wife set the budget at $500 but if I need to I can squeeze $800 and only pay a small penalty, but would prefer to come under the $500 mark if possible, so used is not out of the question. I would just like to get your opinions on what to look for.

So what I need to know what is the best planer out there for under $800. I am looking at the DW735, but also have been looking at the DW734 after reading some reviews.

I only have 110v. in the shop right now and I only need 12” wide capacity for now as well. Most of the wood that I will be dealing with will be softwood from the PNW with an occasional western maple or white ash.


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ste6168

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 03:48 PM

DW735x

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whope

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 03:49 PM

I have the Makita 2012NB planer and like it. My only complaint is the dust collection adapter isn’t a standard size.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 04:13 PM

The 735 is a good planer, and for softwoods the stock knives may be all you’ll ever need. I upgraded to a Shelix head because I mostly work with highly figured qswo.
I have heard several people say they have two planers… a 735 and a larger floor model planer. They go on to say that they usually use the Dewalt, which is funny and perhaps telling in some ways.
The depth stops are handy. The 735 also has an auto cutterhead lock, so no manual locking after each adjustment like the older Dewalts.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 04:18 PM



The 735 is a good planer, and for softwoods the stock knives may be all you ll ever need. I upgraded to a Shelix head because I mostly work with highly figured qswo.
I have heard several people say they have two planers… a 735 and a larger floor model planer. They go on to say that they usually use the Dewalt, which is funny and perhaps telling in some ways.
The depth stops are handy. The 735 also has an auto cutterhead lock, so no manual locking after each adjustment like the older Dewalts.

- pintodeluxe

What did the cutterhead on that cost you?

I have a steel city lunchbox with a helical and if parts get to be hard to come by in the future, I would be interested in the dewalt with the upgraded cutterhead.

I’m one of those who have the lunchbox and a 20” floor model. They both have their uses.

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 04:41 PM

Dw735x

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BroncoBrian

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 05:14 PM

735x and ear protections. Don’t forget to connect a hose unless you are planing in an open field. Next step up is just over $1k and then $1.5K

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 06:13 PM

Klick, I would look for something like this :

Jet 15in. Planer

or this :

Makita 15in. Planer

or this :

Grizzly 15in. Planer

etc.

etc.

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#8 posted 07-15-2015 12:32 PM

If you are in the market for a 13” planer, the factory that made the Steel City units has gone direct under their own Cutech Tool label.

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#9 posted 07-15-2015 03:39 PM

Ok, without any hesitation, I would go with a used machine, no doubt.
You can sometimes get a 15 Inch Asian planer used for about $800 (I’ve seen them down to $500 on CL, but they are rare).
An Old Parks Planer is a fantastic machine, and they sell for about $350-$500 used around here.
I have purchased two planers off of CL for $100 each, an old Grizzly Lunchbox (good enough) and a Shopsmith Planer Pro (Much better).
My advice is to monitor CL twice a day until you find what you want, and make first offers low.

Ray

-- For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

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AHuxley

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#10 posted 07-15-2015 03:53 PM



If you are in the market for a 13” planer, the factory that made the Steel City units has gone direct under their own Cutech Tool label.

- MCTTS

Do you have any affiliation with this company? I ask since you have made 10 posts so far and everyone of them is to share this exact tidbit of information.

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Mark

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#11 posted 07-15-2015 04:15 PM

Dewalt 735. Killer machine.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 07-15-2015 05:01 PM

The used market can yield some great deals to those willing to wait, but you mentioned you only have 120V and only need 12” capacity. I have the DW734 and it’s a great machine. If I needed a new one today and had your budget it would be the same as many have already mentioned: DW735.

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putty

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#13 posted 07-15-2015 05:23 PM

Look for used, I found this at an auction for 300.00, it is heavy, well built and should last for a long time.
It is 220 though.

-- Putty

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Yonak

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#14 posted 07-15-2015 07:22 PM

If you are in the market for a 13” planer, the factory that made the Steel City units has gone direct under their own Cutech Tool label.

- MCTTS

Do you have any affiliation with this company? I ask since you have made 10 posts so far and everyone of them is to share this exact tidbit of information.

- AHuxley

Aldous, MCTTS had previously identified himself as a former Steel City manager.

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#15 posted 07-15-2015 08:52 PM

A whole lot of LJ’s stand behind the DeWalt. A good reputation is earned.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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