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#1 posted 11-28-2017 01:00 AM

For those that have the Dewalt planer. Have you noticed any issues with the knife quality. I ve read reviews of the knives getting chips or going dull quickly.

Slightly leaning towards the Dewalt. It s on sale right and only $100 more then the ridgid. Also the Dewalt service center is 5 min drive from my house…

- Jr604

I have a 735 and I believe the knives have gone dull on it sooner than they maybe should have. One thing about it, they are cheap enough to replace and can be found everywhere that sells DeWalt stuff. I bought my extra sets at Lowe’s. It could be that for it’s size it is a little under powered, so slightly dull knives might seem like they are worse than those on a more powerful planer.
In all fairness, some wood in some areas has impurities that can dull blades quicker than some other woods. Might be the case here, although I previously owned a Grizzly and had zero issues with those knives. This planer does do a very good job of getting the wood very smooth with little sanding required.
I have wheels on mine and take it outside to make the mess there when I have boards to plane. Maybe it was the cold, but the last time I used it it didn’t want to feed properly and kept stopping. The original set of knives, which are still in it, but dull do have some very small chips and leave tiny little lines in the planed boards. I have had this planer for almost a year. Haven’t really planed that much wood with it, but it has all been very hard, dry black cherry.
They make carbide knives for it, I think my next set will be those. They are not terribly expensive as carbide tooling goes.

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