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02-17-2011 08:47 AM

I’m sure that this question has been asked a thousand times or more, or at least similar questions. I’ve seen other posts, but they seem to be old and I wanted to get the take on newer machines. I’m going to be purchasing a thickness planer within the next month. I’ve done quite a bit of research and seen the good and bad reviews on almost every planer out there in the $200 to $400 range. I am primarily a wood turner but like to do some flat work from time to time. I need something to true up the thickness of stock before gluing it together before going on the lathe (segmented turning), and also for the other projects that may come up. I’ll be using all kinds of different lumber, just nothing too wide. I would love to hear what other LJ’s have and why/why not to buy it. I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the Ridgid 4330, the DeWalt 734 and the Delta 305. Thanks in advance for the advice you will give.

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 04:07 AM

I own the dewalt and i use it every day I love it except for the disposible blades great if you dont use it that much but i plane a hundred of so board feet a week so it would be better for me to have resharpenable ones

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 04:12 AM

If you don’t have a way to face-joint first, a planer won’t do much good. You’ll need to get one side flat before running the lumber through the planer. There are lots of ways to do it, just run a search and you’ll be set. I’ll help if I can if you have questions. But I’m not the best around for sure….. Good luck
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#3 posted 02-18-2011 04:26 AM

Come on JJ its tedious task but you can get it flat on the planer.

But I perfer the joint and Plane method myself.

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 04:29 AM

It can be done with the planer, but more trouble than what it’s worth. Trust me.
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#5 posted 02-18-2011 04:32 AM

thughes, nothing out there in that price range that I would recomend to anyone.Are you talking new ?

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 04:40 AM

Cabmaker I heard the ridgid is a good buy for the money. But I have the dewalt 735 I’d spring for it myself. Dig a little deeper in your pocket thughes

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 04:42 AM

JJ I think its best to give accurate info rather than opinion only. As you stated it can be done. Some people don’t have a lot of money to buy both.

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 04:55 AM

Guys, got the Ridgid 6 1/4 Jointer/Planer to face plane. I just need something to true up the thickness after that.

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 05:02 AM

Problem with them I think is the blades. They dull fast.

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 05:07 AM

Res, which blades are you talking about?

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 05:16 AM

I have the three blade Ridgid planer{for three years}, use it a lot,and love it.I have had the “disposable” blades resharpened and they cut better than the new ones and stayed sharp longer!It costs 25$ a set to get them sharpened[new set costs 30$]but I feel it is worthwhile.My guy doesnt know that he can sharpen more than twice before I need to replace them.Hope this helps.

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 05:17 AM

Planner blades, But I was think about it, what your doing the blades might last a awhile.

I don’t know but can any of the three you metion be converted to Spiral . I converted my 735 and love it. If any of the three can be converted that is the one I’d go with. I think the dewalt 734 can.

I love my dewalt (735) but heard great things about the ridgid and other dewalt.

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#13 posted 02-18-2011 05:27 AM

I haven’t checked that, but I will. Thanks Res for the input. gfadvm, appreciate that about the resharpening.

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