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#1 posted 08-30-2012 03:41 AM

if the 735 is $300+ better than the Rigid, my guess would be that a Grizzly is $300 better than the Dewalt.CplSteel

What? Which Grizzly? The 15” one? Probably. The 0505? Nope. To me they’re not even really the same class (well… they are, but the DW735 is in its own little world as far as form/size is concerned).

I think out of the “affordable” planers you’re going to have a really hard time finding anything better than the DW735.

There are many places that sell the DW735 for about $500 and you can score them for even less on eBay refurb’d. Comparing it to the value of a $200 on sale planer… of course it’s not even close. That’s a big gap in price. But, comparing it to a $300-350 planer, I’d save up and buy the DW735 for the extra $150 or so.

The next planer I’d buy after that starts over $1k.

So yes, if you really only want to spend $2-300, you’re only going to have a handful of quality choices and many people have given the virtues of certain models (all good advice).

I recommend the DW735 only b/c the original poster put a “soft” ceiling at $400 which is dang close to making him the newest owner of a DW735.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss


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