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MartaA

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12-05-2014 03:45 PM

Hi,
I know nothing about woodworking, but I want to buy a planer for my husband. Can someone please give me an advise on which one to get.
Thank you.


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#1 posted 12-05-2014 04:05 PM

Are you sure he deserves you?

As unromantic as it may sound, consider giving him a “gift card” for a planer so he can pick it out. For some, making the selection is part of the fun. For others like me, it can be hard to predict whether there will be some strong random prejudice for or against a particular brand, model, or feature.

I have a deWalt 735 planer. He will want the infeed/outfeed plates. This may be the biggest of the portable planers. If he predominantly does small projects – say small end tables or smaller – a smaller unit might fit his needs better.

-- Greg D.

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MartaA

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 04:08 PM

Thank you Greg. Is there a really big difference between 735 and 734 (beside the price?) And how about the Ridgid one?

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 04:11 PM

Ditto to Greg. He will have the best fun getting to go buy one. And, if something should be wrong with it you won’t feel quite as bad and he can handle the exchange much easier. jmho larry

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 04:13 PM

Dewalt all the way.

Or this one:

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pwk5017

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 04:20 PM

Am I the only one that thinks giftcards are lame? If its within your budget, the dewalt 735x off amazon is your best bet. I have it, and it comes with the infeed/outfeed tables already mentioned AND spare blades. Amazon and other retailers have a promo where you get a certain amount off a dewalt purchase. I think everyone would agree it’s the end all be all of portable planers.

Just checked, its $547 for the 735x on amazon. Plus you should get the $25 off and free shipping.

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Mark Davisson

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 04:21 PM

MartaA, a lot depends on the type of woodworking your husband will be doing. The least expensive “lunchbox” planers ($280 to $400) will do well on narrower stock (5” widths and smaller) but, even though their capacity might be 12-1/2” widths, will struggle to properly plane stock wider than 4”. The least expensive planer I know of in this category is the Harbor Freight model: http://www.harborfreight.com/2-1-2-half-hp-12-inch-planer-with-dust-collection-95082.html

The less expensive planers also produce an incredible noise level and require blade sharpening/replacement more often than pricier models.

The next tier works well for almost any hobbyist (will plane wider stock just fine). Those prices start at around $600 and have more power and 3 blades. Also noisy and require blade maintenance/cost. http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW735-13-Inch-Thickness-Planer/dp/B0000CCXU8/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

There is one option that you might want to consider. Steel City produces a 110-volt, 15-amp planer with helical head (quieter and less blade maintenance/cost) (this is a big deal) (will also take wider stock just fine) that comes from Highland Woodworking with a free extra set of carbide blade inserts ($120 value) for $499. http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/steelcityportableplaner13helicalheadcarbide40300CH.aspx

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Planeman40

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 04:23 PM

You sound like a great wife!

First of all we need to make sure you are referring to a THICKNESS planer or a jointer. Some confuse the two. You need to clear this up for the proper advice. A thickness planer reduces the thickness of a board. A jointer cleans up the edge of a board.

Also, like most tools and machines, there are tools designed for the home workshop that are less expensive than light industrial quality tools and machines. I assume you are looking for the home workshop type.

Assuming you are looking for thickness planer, I recommend you first search on the Internet under the term “thickness planer reviews”. You will see the various manufacturers, prices, reviews, and ratings. Most of what I believe you are looking for will be in the $400 to $500 dollar range. I believe your husband would want a 12 inch planer that can plane a 12 inch wide board. Some planers are smaller so be careful. The top brands are Makita and Dewalt. My personal choice would be the DeWalt DW735 13 Inch three knife, two speed thickness planer that sells for about $490. Not the cheapest one, but one of the best.

You husband will love you for this and be amazed at your ability to select a top product for a subject you are probably unfamiliar with. He will gain respect for your woodworking knowledge and purchasing savvy! : )

Merry Christmas!

Planeman

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 04:27 PM


Thank you Greg. Is there a really big difference between 735 and 734 (beside the price?) And how about the Ridgid one?

- MartaA

The 735 is widely regarded as the best “portable” planer. To get better than this, you need to buy a stationary machine.

735 has a bit larger cutting capacity at 13” instead of 12 1/2”. It also has 2 feed rates: normal speed and half speed. Half speed is useful for more figured woods or woods where the grain changes direction a lot. Less tearout. It also has an automatic cutter head lock. On the 734 you have to lock the cutter head before every time you put a board through and unlock it when you want to move it again. Just a flick of a lever, but it can be annoying. The 735 also has a chip blower motor, so it actively shoots the chips out of the dust port. The 734 you need to have a dedicated shop vac or dust collector pulling on the dust port to clear the chips.

The 735 is also heavier, so it’s something to think about if he is not going to permanently mount it somewhere. I don’t have mine mounted anywhere, so it’s a pain to lift up and move around when I need to. It’s roughly 90-100lbs. The 734 is still 80 pounds, but it’s also physically smaller. Not as wide from front to back.

I would not buy the Rigid. I bought that first, and had to return 2 of them because they failed very shortly after buying.

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MartaA

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

Ok, so after a little research I’m between:
Dewalt 735
Dewalt 734
Dewalt 735x
My husband doesn’t it a s a hobby – but I want him to have the best – as long as affordable.
And no, we don’t do gift cards, because whenever we get those we spend it on something else, or give it to someone as a gift.
Thank you all for help

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 04:36 PM

I may have missed what your budget is ? But if your budget would allow for a floor model planner the are much better than the portable models.They can handle longer,wider and heavier peices of wood.

Something like this http://www.grizzly.com/products/15-Planer/G0453

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 05:19 PM


Ok, so after a little research I m between:
Dewalt 735
Dewalt 734
Dewalt 735x
My husband doesn t it a s a hobby – but I want him to have the best – as long as affordable.
And no, we don t do gift cards, because whenever we get those we spend it on something else, or give it to someone as a gift.
Thank you all for help

- MartaA

Can anyone summarize the difference between a 735 and 735x? They look the same to me.

If the 735 / 735x is within your budget (with the tables) I would recommend that over any less expensive portable planers. You are getting more for the additional cost, and the more that you are getting will be appreciated. This model has been a very popular choice for several years now and most find that it is a solid machine.

The next step up would be to add an after-market “helical head” to the 735. I have one but have not yet installed it.

If you want to spoil him further then a floor model as a1Jim suggests is another step up. If you consider this option I suggest one with a helical head and mobile base.

-- Greg D.

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 05:25 PM

The 735x is just the 735 that comes with the infeed/outfeed tables and an extra set of knives. Get that package over buying just the planer.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 12-05-2014 05:26 PM

I agree with Greg a helical head really is nice but it does bump the price a good amount,The’res no need for a mobile base on the model I sent in the link , since it has one built in

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#14 posted 12-05-2014 05:27 PM

Yes

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MartaA

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#15 posted 12-06-2014 12:28 AM

I just wanted to thank you all for all of your replies – these were very helpful. I purchased the DeWalt 735x for $504. All of you were very helpful. I wish you all Very Merry Christmas!!! Whenever I need help I will definitely ask you guys again. :)

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