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03-26-2014 02:28 PM

Hi Folks, relative newbie woodworker here, only been doing this for about 2 years.

I make wooden toys and small gift/decoration/seasonal wooden items for the home. I have need of a thickness planer, as special ordering wood in the 1/8”-1/2” thickness range is prohibitively expensive. I’m looking for one that gives consistent thickness, minimizes snipe, and in the $550 or less range. I’ve looked at the Dewalt DW735, DW734, and a couple of Ridgid models.

Any info appreciated.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts


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#1 posted 03-26-2014 02:40 PM

I’m a relatively new comer as well.
If you’re doing light duty planing then almost any entry level planer should do the trick
I just purchased a 12” used no name import from a retired guy for $150 and it does everything I want for the most part. I’ve been making furniture with it over the last two years. The DeWalts and other brand names have better mechanisms to control the level of thickness and they are easier to read and easier to adjust. They likely have more power which is good to run large lumber through.
good luck!

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 02:48 PM

Have you looked at the Steel City 40300H? There does not seem to be many reviews here on this planer, however I took the plung and bought it from Amazon. I will be doing a review on here in a little bit (when time permits). I knew I wanted a Helical/Segmented Cutter Head, however, I had the same budget as you. I thought about the DW735x and then in a couple of years picking up a Shelix cutterhead but as a hobbyist this seemed crazy to me. Out of the box the tables were aligned and it has very very little snipe (I mean I have to look at the board at an angle in the light to see it and can barely feel it.) My boards have come out super smooth almost ready for the Finnish. The long and short of it is that I really like this planer and it’s a great value.

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 02:51 PM

Oh I also was given a Wixey WR510 Digital Planer Readout for my birthday and it installed very easy on the steel city which makes repeated thicknesses very easy.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 02:53 PM

Most of the Dewalt models seem to have good reviews. I have a spiral head grizzly planer but all of the spiral head planers are over your buget except Steel city it seems to have good reviews and it’s got a helical head which in my experience does a far superior planing job than just knives.

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-City-Tool-Works-40200H/dp/B0046RDUHS

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 02:54 PM

I wonder what the difference is between the 40300H and the 40200H?

Edit:

It looks like the 40300H has dust collection and cuts at 10,000 rpm vs 9,000 rpm on the 40200H.

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 02:59 PM

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 03:01 PM

I’ve had the DW735 for several years. I’ve run quite a few miles of boards through it, and I have no complaints. Still have the original knives, although I did flip them a few months ago. Seem to be quite a few favorable reviews out there for this planer.
Have it hooked up to a 4” drop from my dust collector, and very little dust is left behind. Seem to be a lot of favorable reviews out there for this planer. For what it’s worth. Good luck with your purchase.

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 03:04 PM

If you shop around the DeWalt DW734 / 735 are well regarded, as are the Ridgid 13” planers.

IF you can find one used in good shape, the Ryobi AP1300 is another really good benchtop jointer, and before folks go pooh poohing the Ryobi, remember it was Ryobi that introduced the lunchbox planer to the world! The AP1301 is the current model, and while effective, it has no cutter head lock, or infeed / outfeed tables and that makes snipe a bit of a problem.

Mind you, if you get down to brass tacks as it were, ALL planers snipe to some extent, the difference is how much, and are there work arounds… I can make my Ryobi AP1301 give very little snipe, and have managed to get the snipe in areas that needed to be cut off / discarded anyway for years now… so no big deal…

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 03:26 PM

I have a 40200H and a Dewalt 735. After getting the 735 I only use the Steel city on dirty boards the 735 is faster and much more powerful and the dust collection is great. I know you said 500 bucks, but if I were you I would buy the 735 with a mobile base and possibly the infeed and outfeed tables because—this is a heavy machine.

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 03:42 PM

I gave my 40300H to my son and bought the DeWalt 735 with the tables. Got it on sale thru Amazon for about $100 less than your budget.
IMHO, there’s no comparison. I get no snipe, beautiful finish cuts, way less noisy and it’s thickness gauge is right on.
Though my son was happy to get the 40300H, after using my DeWalt, he’s trying to sell his to get a DeWalt.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 04:02 PM

http://modesto.craigslist.org/tls/4392157074.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/tls/4388451611.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/tls/4388451611.html

You have some great deals on Craigslist, good luck now.
The last one looks unused and at a great price.

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 05:45 PM

I am very pleased with my DeWalt 734

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 08:24 PM

One more happy 734 user here.
It works great. Boards come out super smooth.
I feel no need to “upgrade” to the 735. Use the savings on extra blades, or materials to build a mobile cart for it.

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#15 posted 03-26-2014 08:35 PM

Thanks for the quick input folks. after reading them all and doing some other review reading and pricing, I decided to give the 734 a try, so just got back from picking one up at Lowes.
I’ve had very negative experiences every time I’ve tried to deal with craigslist so I tend to avoid it

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