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Forum topic by dozuki posted 02-07-2012 02:02 AM 1169 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2012 02:02 AM

Ok here is the situation I am in the market for a planer and would like you guys input. I am looking at the dewalt 12in planer that most of the big box stores sell. It just seems that every project Look at always has “plane to xxx thickness.” and I don’t have a planer so its time to jump in. So any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-07-2012 02:03 AM

If you are in Texas, I’ll give you one for free, if you come pick it up.

I am not kidding. Craftsman 12.5 inch planer. 4 months old.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 02:07 AM

I wish I had gone bigger than the one I have currently (13” Ridgid).I don’t know how serious you are but I would save up and get a big Grizzly Jet Powermatic. Or buy a big one used.

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 02:52 AM

I have had a Delta 13” for several years and it has worked for me. No complaints. I know a lot of JL’s swear by the Dewalt 735.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 03:11 AM

Bullethead I appreciate the offer but Texas would a little out of the from D.C. I think it might be a throw up between the Dewlt 735 ,found one on craigs list for $475, and the delta 13in. I like the 13in. If anyone has experience with them I would love to hear about your machine. Ease of use, blade changing and how is the snipe.


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#5 posted 02-07-2012 03:14 AM

I really like my Steel City 13” with helical cutter. Easy to set up. Smooth cuts. You only need to rotate or replace one cutter if there is a defect compared to a whole blade, and stitching cutters is a cinch. I made a 4’ outfeed for mine and have very little snipe.

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 03:17 AM

DeWalt 735 – hands down! Sold my Delta a couple of years ago when I got the DeWalt and never looked back. Get the infeed/outfrrd tables and adjust them a tad high at the ends to minimize snipe.

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 03:24 AM

I just made my offer on a OBO on craigs list. I’m cheap i admit it. Oh wait I meant frugal.

MNJ do you think the helical cutter makes a big difference.
Thanks for all the input.

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 10:08 PM

Well I went to pick up the planer and my truck just didn’t want to go. It started losing power and making a sucking sound. So now I have something else to spend money on. When It rains it pours. I’m still getting the planer its to good a deal to pass up. So I will try the pick up with the trusty honda.

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 10:22 PM

It sort of depends on what sort of projects you will be using it for. The Dewalt 735 has gotten great reviews. And for most hobbist projects will work pretty well. The good news is that you can get parts.

I have seen them on line refurbished for quite a bit less.

If you are working on larger projects, the 15” models are pretty nice. It doesn’t sound like much going from a 13” portable to a 15” full base machine but it is quite a difference.

The 15” machines are a lot heavier duty and it is easier to run larger heavier pieces of wood through them and it is hard to lug them down.

They are more expensive and take up more room.

Most planers hold their value pretty well though and if you don’t like what you get the first time, you can trade most likely for not too much.

Good luck


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