Delta 13 inch planer $700 what ya think.

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Forum topic by TDog77 posted 03-23-2012 05:10 PM 1423 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2012 05:10 PM

At this point totally non negotiable but in a few days or so who knows. Do any of you have any experience with this machine? My first option was a 735 with a Byrd head on it but this one makes me wonder as an alternative. I was pretty sure about the 735 with the byrd until I read through a ton of amazon reviews and got a little turned off by all the feed issues hence the search for an alternative.

A second question would be to the quality and precision of say a grizzly 15 inch with spiral at 1800 shipped compared to the Dewalt 735, do you think something along those lines would provide provide a noticable increase in performance over a lunchbox style.

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 05:17 PM

Seller’s asking price is optimistic in his favor, but that’s a good
planer capable of heavier work at a lower noise level than
a portable planer. $400 or so would be a good deal but
depending on regional supply $600 or $700 may be realistic.

I think that planer is an Invicta made in Brazil and imported
by Delta.

A Belsaw or RBI planer/moulder is another good machine
in the same general class.

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 06:34 PM

Have seen a number of older planers around, a lot of them are very good horses. I personally don’t want to get into the “look for a bearing, find a new switch, hunt down strange blades” category, so I bought the 15” Grizzly spiralhead. After planing down a couple 2X4’s getting rid of the snipe, I could not be happier with that thing. Most of the time, it is quieter than the vacuum I hook to it. My only gripe, if it really is one, is it will only go down to 4MM, where my old 2000 Rigid lunchbox will go down to 3MM. Old tools are great tools, usually with great bones, but they require a lot of care and I’d rather be woodworking. Some people, on the other hand, feel that restoration and keeping old tools is a worthwhile endeavor. Some of them look brand new, and they are beautiful examples of the old days. My hat’s off to them, I’m busy building things out of wood.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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