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Forum topic by interpim posted 10-28-2010 06:32 PM 1337 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2010 06:32 PM

OK, my birthday was a couple days ago, and my wife told me I could get something from Home Depot for a b-day gift :) Well, I have to keep it within reason since I will essentially still be paying for it LOL.

I have quite a few things on my wish list, but I am torn on which I should get now…

So I have narrowed it down to either the Dewalt 734 planer, the Ridgid Oscillating Edge Sander or the Ridgid 12” CMS.

All 3 of these tools have been on my wishlist for some time, but I can’t seem to decide what I want yet. I would be able to get free shipping on all of them except the sander.

So, for reference I have a Table Saw, Bandsaw, Router w/ table, lathe Drill Press and misc. hand tools. What do you think I should get?

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 06:36 PM

Planer !!! It can open up all new possibilities for Working with Wood, Buying Rough Cut or Recycling Wood, It will pay for itself before long.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 06:39 PM

Although all three are great tools to own, you can work around not having the CMS or the sander. But there are things you can do with the planer that you just can’t do any other way. Go with the planer.

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

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 06:43 PM

I would say if you you don’t have a chop saw go for it. But if you budget will allow go for a sliding compound saw .

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 06:51 PM

I’m with DaddyZ and Charlie… Planer… planing your own wood opens up a whole new world of woodworking… both in unlimited thicknesses of wood and discovering the beauty under rough/found wood. Like DaddyZ says, it even pays for itself over time sorta/kinda by allowing you to buy wood less expensively then in big box stores. Can you say that about other tools?

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 06:55 PM

Mind you, I have all three, not those brands, but I have a miter saw, planer, and that exact sander. I use the sander the most, but the planer is a close second…

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 07:27 PM

The planer gives you your best advantage. We recently did a walnut job, I bought most of my walnut 13/16” straight lined and surfaced. We have a planer, so when I needed more the thought of $4.33 a bf was painful just to consider. When I was at the lumber yard I settled on a #2 common rough walnut for $1.62 a bf. And so far it has been great since the walnut looks beautiful after planing it. Without the planer, you might be more limited. Of course, around here I could purchase rough lumber from one yard and take it to another yard and pay just a few cents per bf and have it all straight lined and surfaced for us.

My vote is the planer.

-- .

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 07:48 PM

Another vote for a planer. I think the planer was the one tool that really changed the way I approach woodworking. I have the DW734 you are looking at and I am completely satisfied with it. After owning it for two years, I could not do without it (or a similar planer).

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 08:00 PM

The Planer will pay for itself on the money you will save buying rough wood. Once you have saved the money go back and buy the sander.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 08:28 PM

I would vote for “Planer”

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 08:40 PM

Planer. But if you go for a miter saw, get the 10” SCMS. The 12” blade will deflect in a heavy cut. There’s very little use for the extra size of a 12” in most shops. YMMV, tho.

-- 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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#11 posted 10-28-2010 08:48 PM

I’ve decided to go for the planer… thanks everyone for your inputs. I will be getting a new Dewalt 734 planer delivered to my house in 3-5 business days :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 09:02 PM

Just curious, why didn’t you go with the rigid planer? It’s only $20 more and you would get an extra 1/2” in planing.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 09:14 PM

well, I suppose it was name brand. I’ve read reviews for both of these planers and honestly the majority has been good for both. The 1/2” I didn’t think would matter that much considering I have only worked with wood wider than 12” once, and that was about 8 years ago working with some 15” wide Ash.

-- San Diego, CA

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 09:24 PM

Was just going to chip in with planer myself…..

get the pun???

Glad to hear you went that route. You will be glad you did. I have the trio of Ridgid tools (table saw, jointer and planer)and use all of them on almost every project.

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 09:44 PM

Greetings Dalgren:

Here’s what I think you should do: Go ahead and buy all 3…..that way you’ll have everyyhing you want…lol
You know you’ll probably wind up getting the other 2 eventially, so go ahead and take the plunge…..It won’t hurt your wallet but once if you do go on and buy them…..or… buy the planer and put the other two on Lay-a-way…..that’ll work…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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