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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 03-09-2014 05:02 AM 1479 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2014 05:02 AM

So I finally purchased my jointer off of craigslist. Now all I need to square my stock is a nice planer. Any recommendations on benchtop thickness planers?

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 05:05 AM

Delta or dewalt. I have the delta and love it

And I’ve heard nothing but good things about the dewalt too

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 05:06 AM

I’ve had a Dewalt 744 for 6 yrs now. several hundred board feet of hard woods and it’s still kicking and doing a good job. I like it anyway. You can find lots of reviews on it and other planers here on LJ’s.

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 05:10 AM

I’d get this one before some one else does. Good luck now

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 05:13 AM

Has anyone used or heard anything on the ridgid planer? It got mixed reviews. I have mostly ridgid tools and would like to complete the set only if it stands up to the competition.

-- Andrew, California

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 05:20 AM

From what I’ve seen reviews don’t come close to the dewalt or delta. I think in today’s market the dewalt is the best choice. I bought my delta prob 8 years ago when fine woodworking mag rated it number 1, but delta has a new version now so I can’t comment on it

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 05:39 AM

Dewalt DW734. It’s a been a workhorse in my shop. Very fair price.

Edit: Yep; try to bag that craigslist planer. I paid $331 shipped for mine on sale.

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 05:54 AM

I love my DeWalt DW734. I’ve had it for a couple of years now and it’s still going strong. The only downside I’ve found is that it is incredibly loud. But I think that’s true for most planers. One of the most used tools in my shop.

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 07:30 AM

I do have a Dewalt DW735, simply love it. Very good machine in my opinion.

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 08:41 AM

1+ 735. The depth stops and automatic cutterhead lock features are great.

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 09:06 AM

Stanley #5

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 01:59 AM

I have a Ridgid that I have tortured for over 5 years and it is a winner! That said, several people have said the new model is not a good tool (but HD will take it back if it’s a lemon).

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#12 posted 03-10-2014 02:20 AM

I got the Ridgid R4331 a few years back and have no complaints with it.
I think no matter which benchtop planer you get you will be happy if you build this little jig that woodshaver was so nice to share, I know I can tell a difference after touching up the blades.

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#13 posted 03-10-2014 04:02 PM

I picked up a Rigid R4331 for $150 from CL. I put new blades on ($25) and it is working great. I planed down about 50 bdft of oak the other day and it did great.

I am only a woodworker hobbyist. So if you are a professional, everyone seems to agree that the Dewalt 734 or 735 is the way to go. Otherwise I would say the Rigid is a good alternative for less money, espeically if you can find a used one on CL.

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#14 posted 03-10-2014 04:08 PM

DeWalt DW735. Worth the difference if you’re doing a lot of planing. If not, 734.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#15 posted 03-14-2014 01:40 AM

Majority rules, looks like its the Dewalt 734. I will start saving and let you all know how it is when I get it to my shop. Thanks

-- Andrew, California

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