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Forum topic by Seer posted 09-25-2010 03:35 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2010 03:35 PM

I am hoping to get a planer soon and this is my choice. These are what i have at my local HD.
1. Ryobi AP1301 $229.00 13in width
2. Rigid R4330 $369.00 13in width
3. Dewalt DW734 $349.00 my pick 12 1/2 in width
Also I get a veterans discount and will be using a 20% Harbor Freight discount as well off these prices so that helps alot. Is the extra 1/2 inch that important also will this work on end grain boards?
All have some good user reviews but the dewalt is the best I think. I am just looking for some suggestions and your comments.


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#1 posted 09-25-2010 03:43 PM

I have the Ridgid and have no complaints, but overall Dewalt seems to get the best reviews. I don’t think 1/2” makes a lot of difference. Ryobi stuff is usually cheapest for a reason, but generally acceptable if budget is the deciding factor.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 03:44 PM

I cant say anything about the ryobi and dewalt, but I’ve got the ridgid and I really like it. Just make sure you’ve got kind of dust collection

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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301 posts in 2676 days

#3 posted 09-25-2010 03:46 PM

I got a dust collector and a shop vac should do the trick.
How hard are end grain cutting boards to plane on these?


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#4 posted 09-25-2010 03:58 PM

I’ve been using a DeWalt 733 (predecessor to the 734) for over 10 years and it has never let me down.

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

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 04:02 PM

Have never tried to plane end grain but, I’ve read that dampening the piece before planing helps.
I planed over some epoxy used on some wild grained red oak and found it to really reduce tear out. Don’t know about a cutting board though. Probably be OK, as epoxy is inert when fully cured.

BTW, I’d go for the DeWalt.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 04:24 PM

FWIW, I believe that attempting to plane endgrain will generally be a bad idea. I believe that most who make endgrain cutting boards use sanders to smooth the endgrain surface.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 04:36 PM

I have had the dewalt for a year now great machine it replaced my ryobi
it is also a great missile launcher if you try to plane end grain. but that goes for any planer.
end grain will catch in a planer i did not believe this at first and tried planing end grain cutting boards.
the first 6 or so i had no issues with but the 7th one shot out the back and put a hole in a refer door
if you are looking to smooth out cutting boards my shop will be up and going soon i would rather you come over and use my drum sander than read a post here about a missile going Thur your shop

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 05:13 PM

How much do you plan on using this? I have a dewalt 735 an have always been pleased with it but…frankly for the amount of use it gets I could have got by with the ridgid for a lot less money.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 06:32 PM

Any way you could go to Lowes? I have their PC 13” Planer… works like a charm… even at hogging off 1/8s+.

But it was budget: about $220.

It doesnt have a little depth guage, so I just lower it to where the board wont go in, then back up a turn.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 07:03 PM

Of those listed, I would vote for the Dewalt. I have the 735 and it does a great job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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