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BigDuke6

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04-09-2017 02:14 PM

I have slowly upgraded the tools in my shop to a point where I am happy. The last upgrade is a better planer. The finances won’t allow big purchase right now. I found a used Jet JPM 13 planer/molder which looks to have been well taken care of. About the same cost as a new Dewalt 735. Any advice in which would be a better path? Hobby shop use primarily.


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#1 posted 04-09-2017 07:57 PM

The Jet will have an induction motor, which will be stronger, quieter, and longer lasting. Grizzly sells the same machine with green paint.

I have wondered whether a Byrd helical head is available for that planer. Of course, you would give up the molding feature, unless you’re willing to swap out cutter heads as needed. Advantage of the Byrd is it’s much quieter, and the old knife setting hassle is gone. And the carbide cutters last a long time.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 12:22 AM



The Jet will have an induction motor, which will be stronger, quieter, and longer lasting. Grizzly sells the same machine with green paint.

I have wondered whether a Byrd helical head is available for that planer. Of course, you would give up the molding feature, unless you re willing to swap out cutter heads as needed. Advantage of the Byrd is it s much quieter, and the old knife setting hassle is gone. And the carbide cutters last a long time.

- runswithscissors

Very interesting….I’m seeing the Byrd for a JPM-13 listed on a few sites, about $950-$970. Don’t know if there are limits on which years of mfg. In contrast, the DW-735 Byrd Head shows at less than half that. Can’t imagine the milling for the head would be that much different???
earl

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 12:35 AM

Can’t imagine the milling for the head would be that much different???

Besides the difference in diameters:
DW735 head has 4 wings w/40 cutters total.
JPM13 has 5 wings w/65 cutters total.

Cheers,
Brad

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jonnybrophy

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 12:44 AM

GET IT! GET IT NOW YOU FOOL!
jk
Honestly, the jet looks like a great deal, and if you have the space for it, i think it will serve you much better and longer than the dewalt.
Just my .02

(the jet seems like a more “rare” find, i would take advantage of that)

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LDO2802

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 09:02 PM

I have the dewalt without the helical cutters and it works wonderfully for all my projects. Super easy to change the blades out and the dust management is phenomenal.

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