New "mini" planers, Suggestions?

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Forum topic by Les Casteel posted 04-25-2010 05:31 PM 1070 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Les Casteel

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04-25-2010 05:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

My old (1987) Ryobi AP-10 finally died in a puff of smoke! I wish I could find another one that would last over 20 years with almost daily usage. Anyway, I’ve not looked at the little 10” to 12” planers. I own a PM 20” but often use the small one for quick and thin jobs.

Money is not so much of a problem, which baby planers seem to be the best now days?

Thanks for any suggestions!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 06:33 PM

I recently replaced my old Woodbridge lunch box planer with the Dewalt 735. So far it has done a pretty good job. A couple of things to think about, however- first, you need to keep the “bottom” table waxed to reduce friction otherwise the stock may not slide thru smoothly. Second, the blades on this planer don’t seem to be as “tough” as the ones on my Woodbridge. A knot caused a nick in the blades shortly after I started using it. And finally, you definitely need to connect this one to a dust/chip collector. The ejection fan’s force rivals that of an F-16 in after burner.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 07:09 PM


+1 for the Dewalt 735. I get excellent results with mine but, as Lew noted, the blades weqr a little quicker than I like.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 07:29 PM

I had the Dewalt myself until I went to and needed something bigger – I gave it to my neighbor and he is still using it. I now have a Grizzly 20” with a spiral cutter and it is awesome.

The Dewalt was a great machine for its size and the limitation this creates. I never had any problems and the blades stay pretty sharp. I would sharpen them ocassionaly with a credit card diamond stone and would strop them on a wrap around leather strop….but they are fairly inexpensive to replace. For the money, the Dewalt is a good machine.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 08:30 PM

I vote for the Dewalt 735 too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 08:44 PM

Here’s another vote for the DeWalt … I’m thinking about putting my DW733 on Craigslist and buying a DW735.

The DW733 has been a real work-horse for me, but I think I’d like the DW735’s dual speed and 3 kinife cutter head.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 09:03 PM

I believe there is also an upgrade available for the 735 in that you can get an aftermarket helixical (sp?) head from Brian at Holbren. It costs a few hundred bucks, but I was told that it greatly reduces the noise and puts a very smooth finish on the stock.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Les Casteel

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#7 posted 04-25-2010 09:07 PM

Thanks for the advice. How thin can you plane to on the 735?

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#8 posted 04-25-2010 11:12 PM

You can plane down to 1/8”. I also really like the built in thickness presets the 735 has.

I don’t have a dust collector so I built a Thien separator using a 30 gallon trash can, and it works great with the planer.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 01:35 PM

Hi Les. I too have the old ryobi and mine still runs terrific after 20+ yrs. I do mostly shorter stuff in it, or ugly stuff that my new dewalt seems to choke on! The blades in the ryobi were tough, yes? The dewalt’s are not as tough. But the Dewalt is a good planer. Hope you find one that’s as reliable as your old one.

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#10 posted 04-26-2010 02:43 PM


Last week I got my first planner. Had not used one since HS wood shop back in the 60s That one was a monster. The one I got is a Geeteck 13 inch from Woodworker’s supply. While i don’t have anything to compare it to it seems to be ok. Can plane down to 1/8 inch which I have done a bunch of the past few days. The instructions says not to plane shorter than 15 inches. ( ya right ) I have put several pieces through it with no problems, thought if to short only works if you feed a longer hunk after to push it out. But I would say nothing shorter than 6 inches. Leaves a nice smooth surface, have not worked all the sipe out of it but have reduced it a whole bunch. I been waiting for a few more days before posting a review.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#11 posted 04-26-2010 04:08 PM

DeWalt must sell at least 50% (probably more) of the bench top planners sold in the country.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 04-26-2010 06:53 PM

By the way, you can plane to a lesser width by sticking the stock on to another board and putting it through the planer….Most of the time, though, 1/8” is more then sufficient and if you go too much thinner the stock will disintegrate.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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