Look alikes?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by bandit571 posted 04-09-2011 07:02 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View bandit571's profile


14063 posts in 2103 days

04-09-2011 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer

While going through Lowes “Tool World” the other day, noticed the “new” P-C 12-1/2” planer. Hmm, looks just look my older Delta 12-1/2” planer, other than a different paint scheme. Checked out the spare blades, yep same as my planer blades. Since Lowes no longer sells the Delta version of that planer, I guess I could buy the P-C blades for my Delta. I wonder how many other such lookalikes are out there?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

5 replies so far

View Minorhero's profile


372 posts in 2025 days

#1 posted 04-09-2011 11:01 PM

Since Delta and Portercable are owned by the same company its probably not appropriate to call them look alikes and more likely to call them the same tool with a new paint job. Actually that may be stretching it. You would need to look at the exploded drawings to make sure they are really the same tool.

A year ago when I was looking into bandsaws I noticed that a grizzly bandsaw looked very similar to a Jet bandsaw. I checked out their owners manuals and discovered they were in fact the identical saw with a different base and different paint job. I mean completely identical right down to the owners manual listing the same parts numbers between saws. The Jet Bandsaw cost 200 dollars more then the grizzly.

Not all jet and grizzly items are the same but these sure were. Since so many tools are made somewhere in asia by a completely different company its not uncommon for a company to make the same tool for multiple vendors.

View William's profile


9906 posts in 2262 days

#2 posted 04-10-2011 03:14 AM

I don’t know about the planer you have, but in my Ryobi planer, I use Rigid blades. On the back of the package when I buy the blades, there’s a list of about five different brand planers that these blades fit.


View JWags's profile


62 posts in 2081 days

#3 posted 04-10-2011 12:44 PM

I have noticed that the Grizzly bench mortiser appears the same as the Delta mortiser. Almost the same price too.

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

View bandit571's profile


14063 posts in 2103 days

#4 posted 04-10-2011 02:22 PM

The planer I have is a “TP350 (?) by Delta, 12-1/2’, with those double edge blades.

I have the H-F version of a benchtop Drill press, that looks like the “Performax” one that Menards sells, just a different paint colour is all. I wonder if their’s is also missing a set set in the quill’s drive pulley? Mine did, but the “fix” cost a whole $.49 for a set screw. And $70 for the D-P.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View Beeguy's profile


178 posts in 3056 days

#5 posted 04-10-2011 04:52 PM

A little more on the PC/Dewalt issue. Yes they are owned/made by the same company. The Dewalt is still considered the “commercial” part of their line and PC is beginning to fill in the homeowner/hobbiest needs, but still better than some of the competitors in this area. Many of the tools share common parts. The new trim router they just introduced is a good example. They use the same motor and the bases, I believe, are interchangeable. The Dewalt offers variable speed and a light, and costs a bit more.

In a way you can say PC has been downgraded a bit, but that does not necessiarly mean they are not a good tool especially for the money. The box stores want something they can sell at a certain price to a certain group of individuals. PC is now being designed to fill that void. I am not sure but the warranty on the Dewalt may be a little better. You have to ask how will you use the tool. Sometimes you may need the Dewalt and other times the PC will be more than enough.

Alot of my tools were purchased for a specific job at the time and wit a look to the needs of the future. A while back I installed 900 sq ft of oak flooring. I bought a pneumatic floor nailer at Harbor Freight for half the price of the name brands. It worked great, never jammed once and was clearly cheaper than buying or even renting the name brand. If I were to install 10,000 sq ft maybe the out come would be different. It met my need, made the job easier, saved money and I still have it should I want to do another room in the future.

Everything has to be considered before one can say only go with this or that brand. In some cases it is overkill and in others it is necessary.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics