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07-23-2014 04:27 AM

Well I am in the process of adding to my arsenal of tools, and right now I can either get a Dewalt 735 used for $475 (for that price I will just buy it new), I can get a heavily used Woodmaster 712 for $250, or I can get the Ridgid 4331 for about $300 after coupons and what not. The webmaster would be nice because it will be the cheapest out of them all, but it doesn’t have dust collection and it runs off 220 (I can easily add a breaker). The dewalt gets great reviews, but it will cost me almost double that the rigid.

The other big issue is I only have a 1 car garage to use as a shop, and even part of that is taken up with lawn equipment and shelving. Thanks for any input.


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#1 posted 07-23-2014 05:04 AM

The woodmaster is far better than any of the others you listed. The dc shroud can be fabricated very easily. My 712 did not have a dust shroud but it was a simple fix. The woodmaster will give u decent power with the 5 hp leeson. There are other possibilities with the woodmaster such as gang ripping, cutting moldings. The woodmaster is just a better built planer from top to bottom. All woodmaster parts are readily available. In my mind, there is no comparison with those inferior lunch box toys. We run crown and other moldings with our 712.

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 05:08 AM

I bought a Craigslist DeWalt 735. They are excellent very easy to service. I love it. There in use in a lot of professional shops and well worth the money.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 11:38 AM

+1 on the Woodmaster, they can handle the heavy duty use. Being used heavily wound’t scare me – at that price you can’t go wrong.

Easy to get parts for, good amount of power, excellent customer service, and you can sharpen your own knifes. In my opinion they are the best planers you can get before you get into stationary industrial machines. Not to mention you can sand, gang rip, and use for molding if you ever want to in the future.

You won’t regret the Woodmaster, and you won’t loose any money if you want to sell it. I do own three Woodmaster machines and they are used in daily production.

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 05:44 PM

Well the Woodmaster went fast, and I would not have been able to even get it for a few days at best. So now I am keeping an eye out for a good price on a used dewalt, but eveyone so far gets mad when I point out that I can spend $50-75 more for a brand new one.

Otherwise I will settle for the ridgid or may save some more cash for the Dewalt. We will see I guess.

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 09:38 PM

Why don’t you look for an old Parks? They are pretty easy to come by and they are going to last a lot longer than any dewalt.


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#6 posted 07-23-2014 11:04 PM

Well it seems like there is a Foley Belsaw planer available too locally. I am trying to get more info about it, but it seems like this guy just bought a ton of tools at an auction and doesn’t know anything about the planers he has. Here is a link:

I am trying to find out if it is single phase and hopefully a model number.

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#7 posted 07-23-2014 11:09 PM

I have a Dewalt 734 that I bought new (but it was on sale as an overstock) for $329. It’s a great machine that quickly paid for itself.

A used DW735 at that price would depend on the amount of use it has seen and/or if it comes with accessories which might make it a good buy.

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#8 posted 07-23-2014 11:22 PM

I have heard nothing but good reports on the 735, that said, my Ridgid is now 13 years old and I have never had a single problem with it. I never use anything but hardwoods and buy them all rough cut.

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 01:01 AM

anything with an induction motor. The folley and Belsaw planers were made for many many years for many different names, and eventually they became the woodmaster. Unless you intend to put it on a shelf when not in use then just about all machines up to 15” take pretty much the same size foot print in the shop. just my opinion I would rather have a machine that I can service with off the shelf parts than one that I can only get parts from the manufacture.

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 03:19 AM

Good night, how many sweet deals do you get in your area…. The woodmaster was a very good buy at the price, but the Belsaw is equally as good of a deal. Don’t hesitate on this, ignore everyone singing the Dewalt praises and go and grab the Belsaw.

Sure the 735 is a good planer, I used to own one myself. But the fact is the 735 is not even allowed to play in the same ball park with the likes of the woodmaster / belsaw type planers. Personally I would go with a used floor model planer with induction motor. The smaller woodmaster / belsaw planers can be put on a mobile cart and do not take up that much floor space. Out of all the planers we have owned, the 735 was by far the loudest planer. I am sure my neighbors hated me because of that planer (we lived in the city back then). And my 735 could not do anything else but work as a planer.

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#11 posted 07-24-2014 03:38 AM

Just out of curiosity how can you get the Ridgid for $300? Right now it’s $369 on hone depots site. I’m looking to buy one in the coming weeks.

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#12 posted 07-24-2014 03:39 AM

My perspective is from that of a small pro shop – I would go Woodmaster or Belsaw.

DeWalt makes a good planer, I have had my DW733 since ‘98 and using it as a contractor. But I also have a Jet 15” and it gets most of the workout since I purchased it.

The point being, the heavy machine is the favored one to use. And yes, the bigger machines can take just as fine a cut as the small one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 07-24-2014 03:46 AM

I have the Woodmaster 725 with spirial head and love it. Belsaw excellent choice as well. Get as big as you can afford…. You won’t regret it.

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#14 posted 07-24-2014 03:50 AM

The belsaw will mean you will spend a lot of money on fixing the surprises, bearings? new blades? snipe?
I am as frugal as they come, but I never regretted the day I got my DeWalt 734, brand new, one of the few brand new machines in my shop.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#15 posted 07-24-2014 04:32 AM

You can use the HF coupon for 25% off to drop the price of the Ridgid unit. I am trying to figure out how I could do the same with the Dewalt, but it is an online only item.

I am now seriously considering just holding out and stashing some cash to get a full size unit.

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