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Forum topic by marco2800 posted 09-09-2014 09:57 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2014 09:57 PM

Hi guys,

As I continue the finish work on my home I am more and more starting to believe a planer would make sense and be helpful. I plan on casing all my doors, windows, exterior trim, and making my baseboard. I have a great table saw, Powermatic 66. I recently installed the INCRA TS LS super system. I really love it, I think its essential for a novice like myself. I bolted my Porter Cable 90690 router and the wonder fence works awesome for edge jointing.

My conundrum:

I would like to buy a planer, but don’t like buying imported tools. The majority of benchtop routers are imported (Dewalt, Grizzly, Craftsman). I still believe the USA makes the best tools, and I like to support the American workforce when I can.

At the same time it really isn’t making sense for me to purchase a $2500+ planer.

Should I shoot for the $350-400 Dewalt or try and find a Powermatic 15/Rockwell planer?

Is the stationary planer worth the extra few hundred dollars used?

Any one have experience with PM 15 planer? What about the DW734 and DW735? I heard good things about the Makita 2012 planer as well.



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#1 posted 09-09-2014 11:56 PM

I bought a DW735 as soon as they were available. I rarely use it for small projects because I’m mostly a hand tool user. If a project requires 40-50 BF of material, Walt gets fired up. Dust collection is a must. The fabric funnel that’s supposed to dump chips, shavings and dust into a 30 gal trash can does great with chips and shavings.
Dust not so much. Hook up dust collector, and Thein style separater and you’re in business.
Other down side, blades are replacable, but not easily accurately sharpened. Very little adjustability vertically from the head.

I always flatten and edge material by hand. Using Walt as a gross material remover. 3/4 to 1/2 doesn’t make sense to give my 70 yr old body more of a workout.
I clean up ridges left from chips in the blade with a hand plane.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 02:04 AM

I buy almost all of my tools used. I like American too, even if it is secondhand. Look around CL for a while. You’ll find some good deals. I see a decent amount of old deltas and powermatics come through my neighborhood. I bought a 2 HP 220 13” cast iron delta rc-33 for $200 last year and it works like a champ, though I must admit I think it was made in Taiwan. It’s one of those that still looks great and is built like a tank though.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 04:29 AM

There aren’t many American made planers any more. Watch Craigslist for a used Woodmaster. They are commonly available in the $500 range. They are simple, well made machines, and give you the option to use it as a drum sander or moulding cutter as well.

I have the WM718 and I love it. I use it as a planer 99% of the time, but once in a while I set it up as a drum sander when making end grain cutting boards, and I have milled a bit of crown moulding as well.

-- PaulMayer,

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