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02-18-2014 09:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

I’ve been wanting a planer for years but have never been able to justify the expense. Looking for something reasonably priced. I can fix it up if it needs work as long as it moves up and down level and accurately.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 10:41 PM

I assume you’re asking about a thickness planer. A good one isn’t going to be cheap so I’m not sure what reasonably priced is to you. I have a Dewalt DW735 and highly recommend it.

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 12:15 AM

+1 for the DW735, people seem to like this machine very much. I am really please with mine
Are you looking for a more floor model planer of lunchbox type?

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 01:15 AM

bench top model. That dewalt is $600 or so right? Maybe I need to just start saving the money. I’ve started collecting pallets and can’t do much with the wood without a thickness planer. Got a nice load from a furniture store yesterday. Mostly oak. Some of it is really nice with some cool looking wormholes. I can work a few pieces by hand but I want to get into some serious stuff. I’ve thought about getting a cheap one from Harbor Freight but i’m hesitant of it. I have a nice 14” bandsaw from there and also several lathes that work well and I’ve never had any problems with them. The 12” sliding compound miter saw I got from them is crap. None of the presets are accurate at all. Here’s some pics of the pallets I got yesterday. They said they get a lot of them so there will be many more!

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 01:37 AM

I wouldn’t be afraid to look into a used planer. Depending on your budget, it may be more feasible to check out Craigslist or Ebay. If you’re still going new, a DeWalt 734 is a very good deal for under $400. I love working pallet wood as you often find cool wood, as long as you’re willing to work for it.

John

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 01:43 AM

I have had the HF planer for about three years. 100s board feet of lumber through it so far. I just flipped the knives a week ago. Works great. Not a single problem. I got it with a 25% off coupon. I think it was mothers day promotion. Happy mothers day!

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 02:01 AM

My DW 735 had been great. When you get a planer, get yourself a nice heavy wire brush if you dont already have one. Clean the pallet wood big time. Brush might be 5 bucks, new knives are not and old fossilized dirt can ding them up. Youll be amazed at what you find underneath all that, be sure to post it!

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 02:36 AM

While a lot of folks recommend the 735, and for good reason, the DW 734 is a great alternative. It still is a substantial purchase, at least for my budget. I found a Lowes that would honor the Harbor Freight 20% coupon, which brings it to around $350 with tax. I figure I will save the cost of the planer in the long run by the difference in the cost of wood. I can get 4/4 cherry, maple and beech for $2 a bft and clear oak for $1.50. As already mentioned, a used unit is also a good choice, although you will want to factor in the condition of the blades.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 04:49 AM

Just my opinion, but a thickness planer is one of those tools that if you don’t start with a pretty good one, you’ll end up trading up anyway. I’ve got a 735 now, but started with a 733. Absolutely nothing wrong with the 733 or 734—both have cutterhead locks which solve a lot snipe problems by themselves. Would have kept the 733 but ran across a close-out price on a floor model 735—only paid $80 or so more than i sold the 733 for.

If you’re going to mostly work pallet wood—a jointer or router ski’s might be a reasonable alternative as well.

earl

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 04:53 AM

a router sled made specifically for pallet sized wood is a great idea. Nice one Earl.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 05:32 AM

I like the router sled idea. That I can do. Gets me thinking at least. Thanks guys. Also might have to do some cost/benefit spreadsheet analysis for the wife to show her what I could save by buying rough lumber as compared to what I have to buy now (pallets excluded, of course). The only rough lumber I have ever bought was a piece of purpleheart from Woodcraft in Nashville. The board was fairly flat but not the edges. Hand planed the edges with no problem. The board was 4/4 X 12” wide and 72” long. It was about $60. A piece S4S right next to it 3/4” X 4” X 48” was $45.

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 02:09 PM

a sled will help you out in the meantime, but yeah a planer changes the game big time. IF you can do it, pull the trigger, you wont regret it.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 02:10 PM

http://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-pallet-coffee-table/

Here is an incredibly simple yet nice looking little pallet table. THere are tons of resources out there.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 04:27 PM

I downloaded the user manual for the DW735 last night. That is one nice piece of equipment. Thanks for the link Box Whisperer

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 10:03 PM

Did you notice the weight of the DW735? I was shocked when I bought mine and went to pick up the box off the store floor.

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 10:38 PM

I have the DW734 and it has worked great for me so far. Every once in a while you’ll see a used one come up, but the real deal are gone very quickly. I got mine for $200 an supposedly only had a single pine board run through. I believe it, still looked like brand new.

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