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new2woodwork15

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08-23-2015 09:15 AM

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Hello everyone, I am pretty new to woodworking and have been really enjoying all the projects I have been able to complete. I am ready to move forward and purchase a planer, so I can save on lumber and get the wood as near perfect as I can.

With that being said, I was hoping for some suggestions for portable planers that will get the job done, but not take up too much space.

Thanks for the help.

-- Sam, Virginia


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#1 posted 08-23-2015 12:48 PM

If you budget will support it, thw dewalt dw735 is regarded as the best portable planer out there.

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#2 posted 08-23-2015 01:44 PM

I’ve been considering the Dewalt. Does anyone know the biggest difference between the 734 and 735 series?

I’ve been looking at the two and don’t know enough about planer’s to see the difference.

-- Sam, Virginia

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 05:33 PM

Get one with a cutterhead lock and a dust collection chute. The DW735 is the perennial top dog, but will cost more…it has a built chip blower, which is great if you don’t have a separate dust collection system. If budget won’t allow the 735, the DW734 is a solid budget choice, as is the Ridgid R4331 (which also has a built in chip blower…not to be confused with the former R4330, which was not as well rated).

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#4 posted 08-23-2015 05:40 PM

I bought a new DeWalt 734 about 4 years ago. It has worked well for me.
I have run everything from rough cedar to hard maple and walnut through it.

A lot of my projects include pieces that have been milled form 4/4 rough lumber. That includes all of the cabinet projects, the liquor cabinet, and just about everything else I have posted here on LJ’s.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 08-23-2015 06:02 PM

I’d say the DeWalt 735 too. I’ve run a couple hundred board feet of hardwood through it and couldn’t be happier. The dust collection is great and it leaves a smooth finish. You’ll probably want to put it on wheels or something to move it easier. I got the package with the extension tables and extra blades and I think they were worth it.

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 11:00 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I found a DW735 on my local craigslist today and picked it up. Looking forward to putting it to good use.

Thanks again for the recommendations…

-- Sam, Virginia

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#7 posted 08-23-2015 11:02 PM


Thanks for the suggestions. I found a DW735 on my local craigslist today and picked it up. Looking forward to putting it to good use.

Thanks again for the recommendations…

- new2woodwork15

It’s worth noting that the 735 has a reputation for short blade edge life. You can keep reversing and replacing them, or buy some aftermarket blades. IIRC, Infinity offers some….there might be others. It’s best to keep the blades and rollers clean. Congrats and enjoy!

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