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Forum topic by jwmalone posted 07-06-2016 01:37 AM 542 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2016 01:37 AM

I`ve never owned an electrical thickness planer, always done it by hand. But now I need a planer to mill down a lot of rough cut cedar, I need some advice on what models or types would be best for me. I make cedar cabinets (small 2 by 2 feet or so) and some furniture, have a good cheap supply of eastern red cedar but can`t plane it all by hand. I use the table/skill saw to rip it close, but I need a planer to get down to 3/8 by 3.5 or 1/4 by 1.75. Any advice you guys could give would be greatly appreciated. I`m a working stiff so 3 to 400 bucks is all I could swing . Thanks really like this sight by the way you guys are great.

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 01:46 AM

The old Ryobi AP-10 benchtop planers can often be had used for less than $200 and they are solid little machines. For the small pieces you want to plane, the benchtop planers are ideal. Not only are they cheaper, they are also less likely to destroy thin stock.

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#2 posted 07-06-2016 01:50 AM

I’m like you I enjoy my hand planes. My sister gave me a delta 12” planer and it works well it’s loud. I have used it for hard maple that was rough cut and it has worked very well. I have seen them at auction for around $150. My mom bought my stepdad the $400 dewalt he likes it a lot but I’m not sure how much he has used it or what he has used it for. But I think any would be good for the small pieces you are doing.

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#3 posted 07-06-2016 12:01 PM

If you’re planing Cedar that’s under 4” wide and your budget is $300 – $400, it would be hard to go wrong with anything from a reputable manufacturer. The DeWalts always earn pretty high marks, the DW735 is packed with features but usually runs in the $500 range, the DW734 is only 1/2” narrower, a little lighter, same power and runs $400 (sometimes cheaper on sale). Many folks that have the Ridgid like it and the newer one is better according to some. My advice would be to find a comparison test, then see what’s available near you so you can lay hands on it before buying.

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#4 posted 07-06-2016 12:08 PM

+1 for DW735 Can’t go wrong. Spend the extra $ for the infeed/outfeed option.

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#5 posted 07-06-2016 12:15 PM

Street price on a DW735 is more like $600 + tax.

The Ridgid would be in your budget. I had one and I think its an adequate machine for what you’re doing.
HD carries them.

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#6 posted 07-06-2016 12:33 PM

The DW735 is always in stock at my local Lowes and HD and priced at $499 + tax.

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