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#1 posted 08-30-2012 07:34 AM

I was never talking about the Grizzly 505.

I didn’t mean to state that the DW735 is not a good planer, everyone who has it loves it. Home depot is selling off the stock of R4330s and they can be had new for $300, and less with a coupon. The R4331, according to the posts in this thread, has a cutterhead lock and will run about $400 which is about the same price as a DW734. The DW735 goes in the $600 range, and the Grizzly I was referencing will run you about $900 shipped. Of course, for another $300, at $1200 shipped they get even better.

I think if the R4330 price falls any farther, it might be the go to winner at $200. The 735 is better, but for me its a tough call to save some money now and get the Rigid, or just save some more and buy the Grizzly…. maybe the 735 is worth it.

Out of curiosity, how many people here use sleds for their thicknessers? In my limited experience with lunch box planners, a quick torsion box sled gets rid of all the snipe issues, because it is the wings, not the blade or rollers, on the lunch box planers that is the problem.

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