3 Girls & A Woodworker #10: Which should i buy

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Blog entry by John_G posted 08-16-2011 05:19 PM 8261 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Jointer Problems, HELP PLZZZ Part 10 of 3 Girls & A Woodworker series Part 11: Jet JPW15-HO »

Ok so i’ve narrowed my 2 planer choices down to these, which one would you purchase…?

Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp


DEWALT DW735 13-Inch Three Knife Two Speed Thickness Planer

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 06:04 PM

DeWalt DW735; if the price isn’t an issue. It always get high rating in the tools reviews. Frankly speaking, I do not own one because DeWalt is not available in my country – so I bought Jet JWP-12.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 06:26 PM

I have a Grizzly planer and have never used either of these but I do have several Makita tools and they’ve never let me down, even after quite a bit of abuse. I also looked at this one before I finally bought mine. (the Griz was <$300 so I had to go with it)

DeWalt (or glorified Black&Decker) as silly as it sounds, really turned me off when they continued putting NiCad batteries in their drills (and charging a fortune for replacements) when most all other manufacturers had gone to NiMh for it’s longer life). I’ve only owned 1 DeWalt tool (an angle grinder) and sold it pretty quickly.

Obviously I have some favoritism going on. :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 06:53 PM

When I was looking for a planer, I bought the Ridgid at Home Depot because it got a “best value” rating in the review in Fine Woodworking Magazine and it was hundreds less than the DeWalt. Plus the stand came with it and the outfeed trays that are extra with the DeWalt. Also it came with a lifetime guarantee. If I had it to do over again, I’d search Craig’s List till I found one I wanted for less than half the new cost.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 07:09 PM

DW735!! I recently was in the market for a planner and came across the dewalt on CL!! $375

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 07:49 PM

thanks everyone, obviously i can go with any machine. This is the one machine that i think is the toughest to buy. There can be so much user error that can give it a bad name it’s hard to judge by reviews. I would love a great 300-350 planer. If the Rigid one works great as long as you have infeed and outfeed table awesome. I have 2-6’ benches that will be in and out feed tables…. Sometimes i think i’m paying for the name as well…. such a tough decision especially when your on a budget…..

-- John Gray

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 08:53 PM

It you can find a powermatic.They are the best in my opinion.

-- Mike

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