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Forum topic by jetsaw posted 02-22-2016 01:32 PM 454 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jetsaw

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02-22-2016 01:32 PM

Have a need for a new planer, my old Delta has finally died. I have been looking at the Dewalt DW734 and just now noticed the Porter Cable PC 305TP.

The approximate $100 difference is not an issue. Performance and availability of blades and later other parts will be the point of concern.

Any pros or cons from you guys would be appreciated. Thanks


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#1 posted 02-22-2016 01:46 PM

i have a delta tp305-exact same planer as the pc305. it has hundreds and hundreds of bf through it over the last 8 or so years.
its “ok”. its a 2 blade cutterhead that snipes no matter what so about 3” of each end of every board is waste. that adds up.

imo, spend the extra money and get the dewalt.
also might want to look at cutech,too. they have spiral cutterheads(not shelix).

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 01:51 PM

Black & Decker has lowered the quality from what Porter Cable once was down to more of a consumer level tool across the product line with a few exceptions. I suspect there are far more DW734 planers in service and likely to be available parts (new and used) in the future. If you do get the 734 and want to cut really complicated grain in the future, you can get a Shelix head for ~$400 which does roughly double your investment, but at least you have the option.

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 02:05 PM

tomsteve is correct that the Porter Cable is exactly the same as the old Delta TP305. It’s an entry level two knife benchtop planer that is capable of good performance. The DW734 is the next step up in performance. It has a three knife cutterhead for smoother surfaces and adds a few other features.

The approximate $100 difference is not an issue. Performance and availability of blades and later other parts will be the point of concern.

- jetsaw

I can’t imagine that parts availability for either one is going to be an issue. Both have been in production for quite a while and there are enough units out there to keep the parts production going, especially on wearable parts like blades.

If the price difference isn’t a concern, I’d go with the DW734, as it’s just a better unit.

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 02:11 PM

I’d definitely go with the DW.

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mpsprunger

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 09:17 PM

The DW735 w/ the chip blower is my favorite. I added a shelic cutter head and sanding is over.

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 09:39 PM



i have a delta tp305-exact same planer as the pc305. it has hundreds and hundreds of bf through it over the last 8 or so years.
its “ok”. its a 2 blade cutterhead that snipes no matter what so about 3” of each end of every board is waste. that adds up.

imo, spend the extra money and get the dewalt.
also might want to look at cutech,too. they have spiral cutterheads(not shelix).

- tomsteve

What’s the difference between a spiral cutterhead and a shelix? Arent they the same?

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 09:45 PM

A Shelix head is a more specific kind of spiral head where the individual cutters have a slight radius to them.

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