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01-03-2014 10:55 PM

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Start off by saying. I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this. If it’s not I’m truly sorry… my dad and I are in the market to bye a new thickness planer. We don’t have a ton of money to spend on a rely nice one. So I was wondering if any one on here has any excperianc with the porter cable?. We had the ridged and that had massive premature organ failure just out of warranty

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 11:13 PM

Porter Cable is now owned by Stanley. They also own Dewalt. Unless something has changed, the once highly respected Porter Cable line has been moved to the “bargain” category in favor of pushing the yellow Dewalt. And I never knew Porter Cable to make any large tools either as they used to live in the world of smaller tools like routers and drills and such. That said, I see some posts here lately saying that the other long-respected Delta brand is now being marketed at Lowes. So my guess is that PC, Delta, Ridgid and Craftsman brands are all the same other than color.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 11:22 PM

The PC is basically the old entry level Delta. Lack of cutterhead lock is a biggie IMO….not sure if it has a dust chute either. I’d lean toward a DW or another Ridgid over the PC. I’d also see what STeel City has to offer.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 01:11 AM

I have the Porter Cable, and while it is good on price, I have yet to been able eliminate the 2” of snipe I get from the planer (front and back). I haven’t tried out different snipe combating techniques and I’m sure there is a means of eliminating it. My biggest complaint is that the planer only has a chip deflector and no dust collection port. This means the planer leaves quite the mess.

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 01:40 AM

I have a Porter Cable planer. Scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 3. I will replace it sometime this spring. Believe it or not, my RYOBI was better.

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 01:44 AM

I have the PC305TP. I reviewed it on this site.
Mine works well. But like most no-frills lunchbox planers, it does leave some snipe. You can minimize the snipe by building some infeed/outfeed tables, but I don’t bother.
The lack of dust collection is an issue. I bought a dust collection chute for a Delta 305 and installed it on the PC. Being mirror copies of each other, it fit perfectly. You could probably also make a shopmade dust collection chute fairly easily.
I should add that I got the PC as a scratch n’ dent. I think I paid ~$100 for it. If I had to pay full price, I probably would have held out for a craigslist bargain. I see barely used DeWalts all the time for 50% of retail. But since I only need a planer 2-3X per year, I’m ok with putting up with the shortcomings of the PC.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 02:11 AM

Could you elaborate on the death of your Ridgid? I have had mine for over 6 years and tortured it and it seems as good as new.

Didn’t yours have the “lifetime service warranty”?

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 02:26 AM

The 2 spd. Delta 13” is sweet. a little more money but incredibly well designed.

I didn’t have room for a big 15” planer but this portable planer proved I didn’t need it.

I’ve used the Dewalt planer and liked it too…...heard nothing but praise.

You have to get a dust chute. way too messy otherwise.

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 02:37 AM

I also had two of the orange planers that died way before their time.

Should had never sold my Dewalt 733. So I got the 734….what a beast!

Get a dewalt 734 for $399 and you won’t need another planer for years.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 04:16 AM

I have a 13 inch delta as well. I bought it new about 10 years age for 350.00 at Home Depot It works great and is still going strong. Snipe is always going to be a problem but there are Four things you can do to minimize that. A long and well supported in feed and out feed table is key. raising the board slightly when it leaves the out feed rollers also helps. Using the finishing speed will help as well. If you can justify sacrificing some wood then leave about an extra few inches on your board then trim after planning. hope this helps.

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