I’m thinking of getting a new planer within the next 6 months and would like to hear your advice and input. This would be my first planer. I have limited use with planers. Right now I mostly do boxes and need to plan the wood to get all the same thickness. I’m also planning to build some furniture for the house within the next year. So I would not be using the planer ton but a little on every project I do. This is a tool that I can see that I will use some of the time but not every day.
There are 3 or 4 that have caught my eye and I have looked into and I’ll explain why I’m looking at them. The price range I was thinking of is around $500, but I am more than willing to pay for what is good, works well and will last.
First up is the Ridgid R4330, it’s $400. This has pretty good reviews, people over all seem very happy with. Plus I have a few ridgid tools and like them, one of which is sliding miter saw that I got free stand with. This planer would fit on that stand so I would have a good stand for this. Anything I get at Home Depot or Lowe’s I get 10% off (military discount!) so that’s $40 off.
Next is the Dewalt DW734, This is the least expensive of all the ones I’m looking at, listed at $357 (plus 10% off). Now this one really has mixed reviews. I’ve read a lot about it breaking down and having issues not feeding, then other people say they love it and have no issues at all. I’ve also looked at the Dewalut DW735. It has better reviews but is more expensive, although I have seen it at few stores refurbished. But still it’s only $600 (plus 10% off)
The last one I’m looking at is Delta 22-590. This one really impresses me with write ups. It has gotten some very good reviews. It’s around $540-$560.
All these claim that they prevent snipe, but from what I’ve read else where it’s less about the planer and more about how you feed and take the wood out for how bad snipe is.
Please give me any advice on any of these listed or if you know of another one that is good for my use and price range please tell me about it and why you like it.
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