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Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 05-19-2018 08:42 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zipmac22

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05-19-2018 08:42 PM

I’m looking at getting a planer and have narrowed it down to four…

Dewalt, model #DW734
Makita, model#2012NB
Delta, model#22-555
Ridgid, model#R4331

I welcome any pro and con of these planers. Thanks in advance!

Chris

-- Chris, Central Texas


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#1 posted 05-19-2018 08:44 PM

Dewalt, no comparison. It is the most used planer, probably by 50% or more of the regulars on this site. When you feel up to it, get the Byrd Shelix cutterhead and you will have a great machine for a long time. The Dewalt stand (often as part of a package deal) is worth the money as well.

To get better, you would go to the $3k price range.

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

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#2 posted 05-19-2018 09:03 PM

I can’t speak to any of the others but I’ve owned the Dewalt for about 10 years now and would buy another one in a heartbeat.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 10:24 PM

This is my favorite planner.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 05-19-2018 10:25 PM



This is my favorite planner.

- TheFridge

Funny! I was not going to point out the spelling…

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

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#5 posted 05-19-2018 10:29 PM

Fridge and Bronco, thanks for pointing out the extra “n” in my post. I guess I had too much pressure on the keys when I was typing.

-- Chris, Central Texas

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#6 posted 05-19-2018 10:34 PM

You will be happier with the Dewalt DW 735

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 05-19-2018 10:46 PM

i Couldn’t resist the opportunity to show off my unicorn planner :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 05-19-2018 10:51 PM

Both the Dewalt 734 and 735 are good planers. I have the 734 and a friend has the 735. Other than the two speeds on the 735, my friend says mine does as good as his and is a little cheaper. If he had to do it again he might go for the 734. He borrowed mine so his brother-in-law and him could both plane wood one weekend for a project he is doing for his mother. I haven’t used the 735 so can’t remark on it.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 05-20-2018 12:04 AM

I had a 734 for a short period of time. It was ok. I mainly bought it to flip it for $.

Have the 735 now. I think it’s the best lunchbox out there. I’ve put it through hell in the last couple years.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 05-20-2018 01:10 AM

Out of those the dewalt hands down, where are you located?

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#11 posted 05-20-2018 02:24 AM



Dewalt, no comparison. It is the most used planer, probably by 50% or more of the regulars on this site. When you feel up to it, get the Byrd Shelix cutterhead and you will have a great machine for a long time. The Dewalt stand (often as part of a package deal) is worth the money as well.

To get better, you would go to the $3k price range.

- BroncoBrian

You may be referring to the 735 as the most used planer, the 734 is a step below but still an excellent planer for the money. The $3K number is also quite hyperbolic, a standard 15” 4 post planer is a HUGE step up from a lunch box and starts at under 1,400 from Grizzly.

Of the planers listed the 734 is easily my choice.

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#12 posted 05-20-2018 03:10 AM

I’ve decided to go with the Dewalt 734 and save me about $200 over the 735. I figure I can put the $200 towards a Byrd Shelix cutterhead and that should make a decent planer for the forseeable future. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions!

Chris

-- Chris, Central Texas

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#13 posted 05-20-2018 03:14 AM

734’s pop up frequently in my area for a couple hundred or less… normally in the $100-$150 range and usually in what looks like brand new condition and typically with something saying ‘used once for a project and no longer needed’ or similar. Same with the other brands.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#14 posted 05-20-2018 11:43 AM

Chris, I see now you’re in TX. Im about to have my 734 for sale so that’s why I asked your location
Out of the box it’s better than decent, use the Byrd money for wood and let er rip! Unless you use a lot of highly figured wood, I guess that would make a difference.
As long as I keep sharp knives in it and wear ear muffs my 734 has given me no grief at all

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#15 posted 05-20-2018 03:38 PM

I have the Ridgid. It has worked very well for me for the last four years now. Blade change is very easy.
Can’t speak about any of the others on your list.
I have run end grain cutting boards through it that used all the width capacity with no problems, and have planned 4”wide boards down to 1/4” thin for box lids.
I have seen where the Byrd cutter head has been put on these lunchbox planers.
Personally, I would not spend the money on upgrading a lunchbox planer.
Like Brad pointed out. They pop up on Craigslist in New condition cheap. I stole mine for $199 new from Home
Depot, and consider it a disposable tool that is not meant to last. When they break it seems they are not worth spending the money to fix. New blades are cheap, very easy to change.

-- John

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