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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 03-08-2016 02:11 AM 611 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie75

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03-08-2016 02:11 AM

Hey guys I need your advice on thickness planers. My old Jet 12 1/2’ Planer is slowly crapping out. As far as I know the blades are no longer available. It is making a lot of noise and it’s not doing the job it used to do.
Budget on a new planer is a little of an issue. I had been looking at the Dewalt three blade unit.
I also have been thinking about the Ridgid unit.
What do you guys think???

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 03-08-2016 02:18 AM

Dewalt 735 has been a champ for me

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 02:20 AM

Which Jet model is it? Are these the knives for it?

POWERTEC 128180 12-1/2-Inch Replacement Planer Knives for JET 708813, Fit JWP-12DX, Set of 2

Noise could be caused by many things… most of the time it’s a simple fix. Anything from just needing a good cleaning and lube (free) to needing to replace bearings (cheap).

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 02:34 AM

I have the griz G0505 planer and its ok.

But no matter what you do, invest a few bucks for a DRO:

Remember to wax the feed trays and base before each use.

M

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 03:33 AM

I have been incredibly satisfied with my DeWalt 735. It handles everything I throw at it, from rough sawn hard maple to 13” wide cutting boards covered with glue drips. Couldn’t be happier.

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 03:41 AM

IMHO, the 735 is overpriced. At that price point, you’re only a few hundred away from a full size induction motor machine.

I went with the 734 instead and don’t regret it one bit. It’s a workhorse in my shop.
It’s $200+ less than the 735 and does 95%+ the same job.

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 04:10 AM

I like my DeWalt 735. Knives are easy to change and are double sided. When one side wears out you just flip them. I also experience LESS snipe with it.

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 02:03 PM

I like my DeWalt 735 also. I have had mine for five years now of almost daily use. Mostly cedar.

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 04:44 PM



Which Jet model is it? Are these the knives for it?

POWERTEC 128180 12-1/2-Inch Replacement Planer Knives for JET 708813, Fit JWP-12DX, Set of 2

Noise could be caused by many things… most of the time it s a simple fix. Anything from just needing a good cleaning and lube (free) to needing to replace bearings (cheap).

Cheers,

Brad, It looks like those blades should fit my machine. Mine is JWP-12DX. That link states that these blade will fit my planer. They sure look the same too.

I am going to gamble that they are correct. The Jet has not been a bad machine for me. It does produce some snipe but a lot of the planers out there do the same.

Thanks for the reply, Brad.
And thanks also to all you other guys for your input. I am going to take a look at the 735. However these new blades will give me to time to price shop and keep an eye on Craig’s list also.

Brad

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 05:23 PM

I’m very satisfied with my Dewalt 735. Woodcraft is running a deal right now with Dewalt where you get a free Dewalt stand if you buy the 735x. I took them up on that offer last year. No complaints.

The 735 is a hefty unit, well built, nothing flimsy, a joy to use each time I need it, no buyer’s remorse like with other products.

Douglas fir and Hard Maple have been fed to mine so far and I’ve gotten good, exact results.

Good luck in your search.

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Charlie75

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#10 posted 03-09-2016 02:37 AM

Thanks. Just so happens I plan on being at Woodcraft tomorrow morning. I’ll give it a look see.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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