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Forum topic by averagedadworkshop posted 12-19-2016 06:51 PM 1155 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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averagedadworkshop

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12-19-2016 06:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I am in the market for a lunchbox planer and am currently eyeing the DW734, the R4331, and recently found the Triton TPT125. My first choice would be to go with the DW735 but right now it is just not in the budget. Beaver Industrial offers the TPT125 for $314 and change with free shipping, but I can’t seem to find a whole lot of reviews on it, especially comparing it to the others. Has anybody had any experience with it or heard any pros or cons?

Thanks for your help!

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 05:26 AM

I like my Triton router but have no experience with their planers. April at Wilkerdoos is sponsored by Triton she may have an insight on them.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 03:15 PM

I have two Triton routers (3.25hp & 2.25hp). I like them both, however my closest dealer is in either Houston or Dallas and that is ~250mi for either. Used to have one in San Antonio just 35mi. from home.

Add to that, Triton does NOT sell direct, so that is not an option. As I said, I like the Triton routers I have, however, I will not buy Triton in the future due to their inaccessibility. BTW, same kind of thing happened with RIDGID tools sold by the big box store. Again ~250mi. to the nearest RIDGID service center.

IMO, all this sure appears to be the advent of “disposable” tools with little to no real service. I had an issue with my R4300 planer, and it would have cost me:
  • TWO days of time/travel to drop off and pick up (a total of ~1,000mi. drive time + gas), OR
  • TWO shipping charges of ~$75-$100 EACH (basically nearly half the price of a new planer).

I ended up fixing the planer myself with off-brand parts.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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averagedadworkshop

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 03:21 PM

I ended up going with a DW734 that I found discounted at the big blue store. So far so good other than the noise level. Running black walnut through results in a snipe free finish!

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 04:18 PM

Had the RIDGID lunchbox, got it for $200 when they clearance-d the grey tools, did “alright” loud as hell and began to really get pissed off because there was no lock on the head and after any prolonged use the head would shift and snipe was a constant battle.. Lucked into a deal on a DW735, sold the RIDGID on CL and as a result of a perfect storm had a minimal cost to get the DW 735. There’s a reason most of us that can’t swing a 15”+ floor model have the DW735, and if you need to use a #6 Stanley for a bit longer I’d really suggest you save a bit longer to go for the DW735, but barring that there are many LJ’s here that have spoken well of the DW734.

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