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Forum topic by Praki posted 05-17-2008 07:08 PM 2332 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2008 07:08 PM

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Hi All.

I am considering buying a planer. I don’t think I will be using more than a few hundred board feet of lumber in a year. My top three choices are Dewalt DW735, Delta 22-580 and Makita 2012NB. Personally, I am leaning towards the Delta (as it includes the feed tables and GaryK seems to like it a lot!). There are a lot of good reviews for the Makita online but not on LJ.

Before I pull the trigger, I would like to know if buying the Makita is a good idea (it is 1 inch less capacity and I don’t know if it really matters). If I could have a Makita user weigh in on this, it would be very helpful. Thoughts on other makes are also very welcome.


-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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David Freed

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 10:47 PM

About 16 or 17 years ago I bought a Makita 2040 15 3/4” planer. It was a good, very strong machine, all except for its motor. I somehow got the idea that it had a 5 hp motor on it. I thought I had read that in the description, but after I got it, I found out it was absolutely gutless. If you fed a board in according to the instructions it would pull the motor down really bad. The motor is hidden up under the base and when I laid the planer over to look at the motor, it was small enough to hold in one hand. I had a 3 hp industrial motor on hand, so I made some major modifications (way too big to mount under the base) and when I was done it was a very usable machine. I never could find out how many hp the stock motor was supposed to be, but it only weighed about 20 lbs. I probaby ran 10,000 to 15,000 bf through it after I fixed it. I got a bigger planer and sold the Makita to my neighbor. It’s still going strong.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 12:06 AM

I don’t know much about the Makita, but I don’t think you could go wrong with either the Delta or Dewalt.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 12:37 AM

I am with Gary. I have the 22-580 and have run several hundred feet of cherry, maple and oak through it over the last 3 years and it has not given me any problems.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 04:32 PM

David, Gary and Scott – thanks for weighing in. I will probably go with the Delta.


-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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