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03-29-2012 07:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

I need a low end planer for my shop….12.5 inch 2 or three blade
any suggestions

-- KOOG plan today...survive tommorow

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 08:05 AM

If you go too low end, you’ll end up with a lot of snipe and wasted wood. If can swing it, get one that at least has some sort of snipe reduction….DeWalt 734 and Ridgid R4331 are a couple of solid performers at reasonable cost. Find sale prices and coupons to drop the price, or buy a refurbished unit.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 08:08 AM

Ryobi is hard to beat,for 2 bills last i knew.good shopping.

-- BiLL @wee3

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 12:12 PM

I have the 734 and couldn’t be more pleased with it. I’ve put roughly 100bf of various woods, mainly cedar, oak, and maple, through it. Its a little more than some of the other options out there, and I haven’t owned the other options, but it performs well. Mine came adjusted spot-on out of the box (cutting depth and infeed/outfeed tables). I’ve not had a problem with any snipe yet, the tables work well, and I support the piece with just a tad of upward pressure as it goes in and as it comes out. My wife bought it for me for Christmas, and she got me the matching mobile stand, which is definitely nice, but if I were doing it myself, I’d probably just make a stand with some casters and 3/4” ply for 1/3 the price.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 02:07 PM

The 734 gets my vote.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 04:07 PM

Depends on your definition of “low end” I guess. I use a 735 and like it. It does tend to bog or jam occasionally, but it’s usually when I get a little greedy with the amount of material I’m removing. This usually happens when I’m sizing down rough cut lumber.

Also, make sure you have plenty of juice going to it. I think that is one of my problems as well.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 02:38 PM

I have the low end Delta planer, and yeah, lots of snipe. Lots of debate as to how well any reasonably priced machine controls snipe, you might have to spend a lot to avoid it entirely. I just live with it and cut off the sniped ends.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 03:16 PM

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 12:20 AM

thanks for all the info will definitely keep looking

-- KOOG plan today...survive tommorow

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 12:31 AM

I dont know that its considered low end or not, but I love my Dewalt 735. Maybe you could find one used on Ebay or Craig’s List.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 04-03-2012 12:36 AM

+1 for 734 on Craig’s list for around 200

just keep looking you’ll find one.

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