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Forum topic by Jeff Terrell posted 03-05-2015 01:20 AM 863 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff Terrell

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03-05-2015 01:20 AM

I’ve been using a Delta TP 300 and I’m having real trouble changing out the blades. I’ve got 200 board feet of walnut waiting to be planed! Problem is, I started looking and the new ones are really pricey. Looks like a midgrade one is going to run $500-600.

Nothing on Craigslist out this way in NW Arkansas. Anybody got other recommendations or know of a slick deal somewhere?



-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 02:03 AM


You just missed a ROCKLER sale where they threw in a metal mobile stand. However, the current deal is a good one … the planer is good too … It comes with the out feed tables and an extra set of knives.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 02:11 AM

Thanks…looks like they may still have it going on.

-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 02:27 AM

I bought the DW735 over 5 years ago. One of my favorite tools in the shop. For the money I do not think it can be beat. I’ve read about the drop-in carbide cutter head but frankly the HSS knives work so well I have not been pushed over the edge yet. I cannot imagine a need to go larger in my basement shop. What I really would prefer is a jointer that closes the gap in size difference with the planer. I’ve got a Ridgid 6” jointer, and upgrading to an 8” model would be handy at times.

-- Lee

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 03:51 AM

If it isn’t too far for you to Little Rock, there is a sweet Makita 2030 with an asking price of $550. One of the best little plainer/jointer combos ever made IMHO and built like a tank. Also one of the easiest machines on the planet to change knives on, requiring only two hardwood blocks of wood. It’s in a whole different class of machines than those plastic and sheet metal lunchbox things they are selling these days.


PS: The seller is claiming it’s a 2030N, but that looks like a 2030 (no “N”) from the pictures.. basically the same machine, but the ‘N’ version has 4 posts instead of 2 in addition to the main table columns. The original 2030 actually has a better table in my opinion, while the 2030N has a shorter table with extended rollers instead. Kind of hard to positively identify from the photo though. In this case, I think OWWM rule #1 might be applicable :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 04:07 AM

Good call Brad.

Nab it…..............

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 04:24 AM

If don’t get the Makita and you’re not worried about the stand, you can get the DW735x from either Lowe’s or Home Depot. Combine with a 10% coupon and pay with gift cards bought at 8-10% off and you can save a few bucks. Even have a local store you can return to if needed.

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