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Forum topic by SouthernWoodworking posted 07-16-2014 09:43 PM 791 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SouthernWoodworking

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07-16-2014 09:43 PM

So, I think Im gonna bite the bullet and get a planer. Not sure what kind. Heard good things about the $400 Dewalt. Thats expensive to me but it seems to be good quality. I have been making cutting boards and stuff like that and since the wood can be different thicknesses, It takes a lot of time to level. Sanding down a 1/4in to 1/2 in of hard maple is not fun. I read about planing end grain and know that Id still have to hand sand that down but everything else could ran through the planer which would save me time. So what do yall recommend? My local craigslist has no good planers as of yesterday.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 11:03 PM

I have that $400 DeWalt, the DW734 and it’s been a great machine so far. At times I’d like something a little wider, maybe a lot wider, depending on what I’m doing. With sharp knifes it leaves a very smooth finish requiring little sanding/scraping. It doesn’t have the power to hog off 1/8” in a single pass of hardwood over 3” wide like a larger machine with an induction motor can. The dust collection is very good with the available factory dust chute. Like most bench top planers with an induction motor it’s pretty loud. I’ve done several cutting boards and it works very well for that. You’re right about finishing the end grain boards, they can’t be planed, only sanding and scraping there, unless you have a wide belt or drum sander.

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 11:25 PM

I also have the 734 and love it. I was lucky to catch a sale and got it new for $331 shipped.
No complaints whatsoever, aside from not getting it sooner. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 11:32 PM



I also have the 734 and love it. I was lucky to catch a sale and got it new for $331 shipped.
No complaints whatsoever, aside from not getting it sooner. :-)

- NiteWalker


Well, got one 2 hours away with the hood for $300. May check it out.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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Loren

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 12:06 AM

I would think a 15” or 16” planer would be more useful for
cutting boards.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 12:09 AM



I would think a 15” or 16” planer would be more useful for
cutting boards.

- Loren


Well if a $ 400 planer is expensive to me, hate to know how much a 15 or 16in planer would be.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 12:20 AM

A 13” planer is certainly beefy enough for my needs. Mine’s the DeWalt 735.
As to flattening end grain, a router mounted on a board, riding on appropriate height runners will do the trick. I use a bowl bit in my router. Makes a nice smooth cut with very little sanding required.

-- 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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Loren

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 12:25 AM

You’d be looking at a heavier 220volt machine.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tls/4550052220.html

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Sawdust4Blood

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 01:20 AM

+1 for the DW734.

I’ve had mine for about 5 years now and love it as much as the day I got it. I was lucky and found mine on sale as an overstock at Lowes and got it for $329. While that ain’t cheap, the planer was the one machine that paid for itself faster than any other tool I’ve bought just based on what I have saved buying rough stock and milling it all myself.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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Matt

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 01:22 AM

I’m in the same position. If that cl listing was near me I’d be tempted.

But I found nothing like that price on cl, so I went ahead and ordered a Steel City 40100 from Amazon. $299 with free 2 day shipping with prime.

The reviews I found were nearly universally positive.

-- I do this for fun.

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Matt

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#10 posted 07-17-2014 01:24 AM

I should add, I just ordered it hours ago and don’t have any personal experience with it.

-- I do this for fun.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 01:25 AM



+1 for the DW734.

I ve had mine for about 5 years now and love it as much as the day I got it. I was lucky and found mine on sale as an overstock at Lowes and got it for $329. While that ain t cheap, the planer was the one machine that paid for itself faster than any other tool I ve bought just based on what I have saved buying rough stock and milling it all myself.

- Sawdust4Blood


See, I know nothing about the internals of planers so if I went to look at that one, I would have no idea what to look for. Plus, how hard would getting blades be and how heavy is it? I dont think 2 people could load it by the looks of it.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 07-17-2014 01:34 AM

Pretty sure 2 could handle it easy. I wouldn’t pay 75% of retail for something used though.

Knives should be fairly easy to get. Online or at a box store.

As far as the rollers, some of the owners might be able to tell you if they’ve had any problems and what to look for. Also about how it should sound or vibrate.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#13 posted 07-17-2014 04:14 AM


+1 for the DW734.

I ve had mine for about 5 years now and love it as much as the day I got it. I was lucky and found mine on sale as an overstock at Lowes and got it for $329. While that ain t cheap, the planer was the one machine that paid for itself faster than any other tool I ve bought just based on what I have saved buying rough stock and milling it all myself.

- Sawdust4Blood


See, I know nothing about the internals of planers so if I went to look at that one, I would have no idea what to look for. Plus, how hard would getting blades be and how heavy is it? I dont think 2 people could load it by the looks of it.

Pretty sure 2 could handle it easy. I wouldn t pay 75% of retail for something used though.

Knives should be fairly easy to get. Online or at a box store.

As far as the rollers, some of the owners might be able to tell you if they ve had any problems and what to look for. Also about how it should sound or vibrate.

- TheFridge


I emailed the guy selling it to get a model number. Probably just gonna stick with the Dewalt since it will serve all my need most likely.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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TheFridge

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#14 posted 07-17-2014 04:19 AM

Sorry, I thought you were talking about the dewalt.

I hear a lot of good things about dewalt planers.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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SouthernWoodworking

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#15 posted 07-17-2014 04:11 PM

Read some reviews about the Rigid planer. Seem pretty good. Not sure what Im gonna do yet.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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