LumberJocks

Portable thickness planer

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Andrew Betschman posted 555 days ago 3265 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Andrew Betschman's profile

Andrew Betschman

284 posts in 1829 days


555 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: planer

My 20 year old Delta 22-540. is slowly dying. While i’m not in a hurry to rush out and get a new planer, I know I better start looking before I need it. I have to replace all five bushing that live in the gear set. They are worn out. Also the in-feed roll moves from side to side when planing.

The planer I’m looking at:

Steel City 40200H
Ridgid R4331
Makita 2012NB
General 30-005HC
Craftsman 21748

I was looking at the Delta 22-590, but after seeing the reviews and problems at Tyler tools and a few other sites it on the fence. I’m hoping the delta problems are once in the blue moon. The dewalt 735 is out for a few reasons : It is so LOUD,the placement of the dust collection port directly above the stock, and the fact its dewalt. Sorry dewalt. I just do not like you tools. Any other planers I should look and feedback from users at thanks.

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/


20 replies so far

View cutworm's profile

cutworm

1064 posts in 1399 days


#1 posted 555 days ago

I am 100% satisfied with my Ridgid 4331. I have had it about 9 months.
I’d be happy with any of the above.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

View JesseTutt's profile

JesseTutt

796 posts in 716 days


#2 posted 555 days ago

I project that all new stationary power tools in my shop will be Grizzly. I would encourage you to look at them.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3283 posts in 1419 days


#3 posted 555 days ago

On behalf of Dewalt…. Ouch man, very ouch.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View sixstring's profile

sixstring

296 posts in 849 days


#4 posted 555 days ago

I ended up with the DW735 myself after all the excellent reviews and recommendations, but the other 2 contenders for me were the Makita and Ridgid that you listed. The Ridgid had the better price and people seemed happy with theirs, no real complaints to write home about and the Makita seemed to get stellar reviews as well as being the quietest in it’s class. It is still considerably cheaper than the Dewalt but not by as much as the Ridgid. I use my planer quite a bit since I work with a lot of reclaimed materials that need some elbow grease, blood and sweat to mill to useability… so I went with the one that seemed hands down the best available in it’s class. But I agree, it’s loud as all get out. I think it’s actually louder than my PC compressor. Cant plane or nailgun after 10pm in my neighborhood, but apparently my table saw and jointer get no complaints through the wee hours…

Good luck on your search. Find a good deal and get to woodworking…

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

View Moron's profile

Moron

4666 posts in 2499 days


#5 posted 555 days ago

General

read the reviews in FWM.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View Andrew Betschman's profile

Andrew Betschman

284 posts in 1829 days


#6 posted 555 days ago

I have used and repair my share of dewalt tools for family or friends. There not a bad brand, but I find them just not what they were years ago. I was also looking at the grizzly G0477 15” Planer / Moulder. It looks like the Crastman 15” Planer / Moulder Thoughts?

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

View gfadvm's profile (online now)

gfadvm

10606 posts in 1296 days


#7 posted 554 days ago

I have had my Ridgid for over 5 years and have tortured it planing miles (literally) of recycled lumber that was dirty and it has never complained. I adjusted my in/outfeed tables where they tilt up and get little to no snipe. If it dies tomorrow, I’ll go buy another just like it! Can’t compare it to other brands as this is the only one I have used.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View runswithscissors's profile

runswithscissors

899 posts in 631 days


#8 posted 554 days ago

Not trying to put in a plug for the DW735 (I sold mine several years ago), but Byrd makes a helical cutterhead for them that is supposed to be much quieter. I have one on my Jet JJP12-HH and it is amazingly quiet. Sometimes when I have my earmuffs on, I’m not sure whether it’s running. I had an old Rockwell Invicta 13X6 that was a howler, but nothing compared to the DW735.

View rockindavan's profile

rockindavan

283 posts in 1242 days


#9 posted 554 days ago

As a fellow non Dewalt fan, I can see where you are coming from. After using two different 735’s I didn’t want anything else. Don’t regret that Dewalt purchase.

View ellen35's profile

ellen35

2558 posts in 2038 days


#10 posted 554 days ago

I started out with the Ridgid. It is a great machine. Recently, I passed that machine on to a friend and got the General International. Also a great machine! Both perform flawlessly but I liked the spiral cutter head. It is slightly quieter than the Ridgid but they all ‘scream”!
It appears that most of the benchtop planers do a good job… I think people tend to like the one they own.
(Note: Steel City and General are siblings… I called Steel City to ask about their machine and they are pretty much the same. I’d love a spiral with more than 2 blades to the cutter head. By now they may be available.)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

View johnstoneb's profile

johnstoneb

626 posts in 778 days


#11 posted 554 days ago

I just got a DW735 running today. Amazon sent an email Dewalt products are up to 40% off. That is from list but it still made a DW735X $50 less than what I could buy a DW735 and Lowes with a military discount. It qualified for zero shipping. I haven’t run any lumber through it but I found running empty it is no louder than the Delta 22-540 I am replacing. As far as dust collection the Delta and almost every other planer eject right onto the wood exiting the planer without any provisions for collection. If you don’t want a Dewalt that’s fine, but don’t knock it for things that all other planers have in common withit.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View Andrew Betschman's profile

Andrew Betschman

284 posts in 1829 days


#12 posted 545 days ago

Thanks guys!

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7628 posts in 2658 days


#13 posted 544 days ago

johnstoneb
... as soon as you put some wood in it, you will find out…

... IT IS LOUD ….

Without wood, it purrs like a kitten… With wood, it screams like a BANCHEE! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

View John Lindquist's profile

John Lindquist

5 posts in 565 days


#14 posted 544 days ago

I have had 5 planers starting with a 80’s model craftsman bench top then a grizzly bench top. The old craftsman was a much better made unit although it looked like it came out of the same factory as the Grizzly.They both screamed like a banshee but did a pretty good job on smaller stock (2 blade). I bought a Hitachi P12 at an auction until the motor burned up. It was much quieter and had dust collection. I then bought a Jet 13” planer/molder with little use on CL for 400.00. It was a great planer and with a 1 1/2hp motor it had the power to run much larger stock through it without struggling. Dust collection was excellent. It was still a screamer. I sold it when I bought a Jet 3hp model which will handle big boards and is actually way quieter than all the others. I would look for something like a good used Jet instead of a smaller bench top. Just my opinion.

-- John, Kansas

View Courtney 's profile

Courtney

49 posts in 658 days


#15 posted 543 days ago

I had been driving about 35 minutes to use my friend’s 15” grizzly planer when I finally decided to go ahead and buy the Makita 2012NB. I was expecting to experience a let down in power, speed and smooth results, but I’ve been so pleasantly surprised. I have to move it onto the front porch to use it (I don’t really have a “shop”), and it’s so easy to move around. I just finished gluing up my first workbench in a couple sections, the widest was 11 1/2”. The makita still had no problem planing off that wide of a workpiece (oak, ash and walnut). I would enthusiastically recommend it.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

showing 1 through 15 of 20 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase