|Forum topic by AdamNKY||posted 03-18-2014 07:03 PM||1670 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-18-2014 07:03 PM
First time poster here but need some advice. I’m a hobbyist woodworker and I’ve been collecting tools for my woodshop for the past several years as I’ve become more serious. The one tool I’ve never owned is a planer…I’ve always used my step-dad’s woodshop for any milling. Anyway, I finally saved up and purchased as Dewalt 735X, along with a folding a Miter Saw Stand that can support the planer even while it sits upright like a two wheel dolly. It has the stainless outfeed tables plus the miter saw stand has rollers for additional support to reduce snipe. My shop consist of two single car garage bays, so while there is some room, it’s pretty full. I thought the idea of being able to fold the planer and stand up when not in use would maximize my workspace.
I recently moved and am still in the process of setting up my shop, so I haven’t even taken the planer out of the box. Now, I have been offered a 16 inch Transpower AP800 planer basically for free—although it will need new blades soon. This is a stand alone 3HP unit. 220V is not an issue for me. However, you can no longer get parts for this model, I believe its about 20 years old. I cannot find a helical head for it, although I know they make them for the Dewalt 735.
I can’t decide which planer I’d prefer in my shop. A heavy duty 16” 3HP stand alone that works (at least for now), but has no parts support or aftermarket upgrades, or a brand new 13” lunchbox planer, with easy to set knives and the possibility of helical head upgrade.
My initial though was to sell my Dewalt set-up and get a helical head for the 3hp Transpower, but I can’t seem to find one or anything else about this Planer. I’ve never even heard of Transpower. I could sell one of these and get a helical head for my 8’ jointer or another tool. Or I could keep both, use the 3hp for an initial milling and the Dewalt for a final milling, never taking more than 1/16” of an inch or using it for initial planing, thus saving the blades. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you would do, especially if you’ve owned any of these planers.
Again, I’m only a hobbyist, but do have some fairly substantial projects coming up, including making about 50 cabinet doors for my kitchen, and an 11’ x 5’ end grain butcher block island countertop. I do have access to my step-dad’s woodshop, which has more heavy duty milling equipment if necessary, but I’d like my shop to be as self sufficient as possible.