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Posted on Really want a planner too many differences need advise.

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 08:23 PM

Figure out how wide of a board you need to plane. If it s 13” or less, get a Dewalt 735 which is nearly always rated as the top overall benchtop planer. If it s over that, Grizzly makes good planers for relatively inexpensive.

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^^Truth. The blades are reversible so you get twice the life out of them and it comes with a spare set! After that, buy the carbon fiber ones. But if you don’t have a jointer, the dewalt becomes more difficult, because a planer doesn’t so much make a piece smoother, it makes one side parallel to the other side. So if you have an uneven side on the bottom, it will cut a wonky angle on the top. I joint my wood on one side, put that jointed side against the fence and joint it again, then I finish off the other two sides with the two flat pieces I just jointed facing down(one at a time). Helical cutterheads run as much as the planer itself, and while they have for rotatable sides, its still a lot of money when the regular blades work just fine.

Just my two cents.

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