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Choosing a thickness planer

by Jr604
posted 11-27-2017 05:30 PM


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 05:39 PM

DeWalt hands down IMHO

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 06:02 PM

I have had my Ridgid planer for several years. It is the “older” version R4300. I like it and it works for my light duty hobby WW-ing. I have planed 12inX 89inX3in planks with it, though I had help it along. The older version has all four corner rods threaded and turning for adjustment, the newer has two.
That said, IMO, either one will do.

Notice that RIDGID has changed their set adjustment to match that of the DeWalt, so it is a toss-up on which is better at this point. Bought mine at the local HD, when RIDGID has a service center “close” if I needed it. Now its 3hr one-way, so the cost of time&gas offsets any “lifetime Service Agreement” benefits.
Good luck choosing…

OLDER (I have this one):

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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JRsgarage

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 06:28 PM

i just picked up a makita 2012nb because i needed a portable unit. it’s pretty light and quiet compared to my last benchtop unit. i ran few boards through it and finish was very nice although there was some visual snipe

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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jdh122

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#4 posted 11-27-2017 06:47 PM

I bet the Dewalt is a better machine, based on its popularity. It also has 2 speeds rather than 1. But it costs almost $200 more, so it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. I have the Ridgid and like it a lot. It reliably does what it’s supposed to, long as you don’t take off too much at a time. Then again, I suspect that’s true of most other similar planers.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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Manitario

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 07:11 PM

Dewalt. Had it for several years and it was a reliable, well built machine. Eventually upgraded to a 20” planer, otherwise would still be using it.

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ScottM

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#6 posted 11-27-2017 07:21 PM

I have the 4331 and it does fine by me. I chose it over the Dewalt based just on price but many people here rave about the Dewalt I think you’d do fine with either one, but you’ll have to decide on your price point.

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jmartel

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#7 posted 11-27-2017 08:01 PM

Don’t buy the r4331. I killed 2 within 2 weeks of each other. One only lasted an hour before the internals started eating itself. I bought the Dewalt 435 after and haven’t had any issues since.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Jr604

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#8 posted 11-27-2017 08:34 PM

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…

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#9 posted 11-27-2017 08:49 PM

The dewalt knives are ok. I got mine to last awhile until i changed over to a helical head.

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#10 posted 11-27-2017 09:26 PM

Yes, the Dewalt knives dull rather quickly. They can chip on knots or with prolonged use.

I upgraded to the Shelix head which solved all my issues.

I still vote for the Dewalt. Even once I upgrade to a 20” stationary planer, I will keep the 735 for finish planing. I hardly consider it a portable planer, even though technically it is.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Andre

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#11 posted 11-28-2017 12:14 AM

Magnum Industrial 13” Helical Head Planer on sale at KMS tools right now for $600 CAN.
Believe they were General before, I had the general version a few years ago plenty for hobby use,
anyways Helical head is IMO the only way to go and they are now carbide!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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ChuckM

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#12 posted 11-28-2017 12:34 AM

I have the Ridgid (new model) and have also used the two models of Dewalt thickness planers. Their main difference is in the price, if you asked me.

Life-time warranty for Ridgid but I have the unit for just a year, too young to benefit from any warranty.

I plane boards as a lot at a time (80 to 120 board feet) and so far the knives are holding up well. As someone has pointed out, take light cuts and take your time, if you want great surface results. Set and tuned right, it is almost zero snipes.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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msinc

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#13 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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laketrout36

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#14 posted 11-28-2017 01:18 AM

I have the Dewalt 735x. I Bought it around this time a couple of years ago and it included the free stand. I’ve run over 200’ of 8/4 hard maple through it to be used for my workbench. The Dewalt had no problem with cutting quality or ability. My only criticism of the product is the foot activated tilt lever for the wheel that allows you to move the planer base around. There must be a better design such as legs that would support swivel casters. The machine itself has worked great without any issues. I’ve feed plenty of other wood through it for various projects and it’s performed great.

As a side note; I connected a dust collection flexible hose with a plumbing clamp to the exit port on the machine. The other end of the hose I connected into a lawn leaf collection bag that belongs to my Toro blower. When the bag fills up I empty it and continue. Very little mess and very effective.

Good luck. I didn’t hesitate and bought the 735 and have been happy with it.

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JohnDi

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#15 posted 11-28-2017 11:10 AM

I upgraded to the 735 from a Delta 12” bench top and I found the difference significant.
The finishing speed on the 735 has produced glass like surfaces.
I put a new set of the DeWalt knives on it as soon as I bought it (used) and after about 2 years of use am still on the second side of that set.
If this is your last planer, I vote for the 735 and a set of carbide knives from Affinity.

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tomsteve

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#16 posted 11-28-2017 03:06 PM

infinity tools has replacement blades for the 735 that are a huge improvement over stock

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PPK

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#17 posted 11-28-2017 08:10 PM

I’ve run a Dewalt planer (the DW734) for about 12 years, and I don’t think the knives are overly cheap. They last as well as any steel knife can be expected to. I’ve never used a Ridgid, but I really, really like the DeWalt planers. I actually prefer the 734 over the 735, but some people like the two-speed setting of the 735 the more than I do…

For how crazy easy the blades are to change, how cheap they are, I don’t know that I could justify the expense of a helical cutterhead, unless I was doing more work with highly figured woods.

Its up to you, and what fits your needs!

-- Pete

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PPK

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#18 posted 11-28-2017 08:13 PM

IF money wasn’t an issue, I’d have one of these baby’s!

http://www.grizzly.com/products/15-3-HP-240V-Planer-with-Spiral-Cutterhead/G0453Z?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com#

Ok, this planer is probably beyond your hobby woodworking…

-- Pete

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richardchaos

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#19 posted 11-28-2017 09:57 PM

I have and love my DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Bench top Planer. I haven’t even flipped the blades over yet! I use mostly softwoods but have run a lot of oak and walnut through it with zero problems!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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richardchaos

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#20 posted 11-28-2017 09:59 PM

While the blades have two sides they are technically throw away.. I have read many accounts of people sharpening them on a pane of wide glass using wet emery cloth/paper like 600 grit and getting one more use out of them well 2 more uses actually.

I am just now seeing fine lines in my pal need stock and I still have a new side to get going

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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richardchaos

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#21 posted 11-28-2017 10:01 PM

Also get a pair of good earplugs AND ear muffs you are going to need them. These things are screaming loud.

Also once you figure out a few tricks these things are great and taking out very messed up stock such as cups and twists!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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Kazooman

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#22 posted 11-28-2017 10:27 PM

I have the Dewalt. Very highly recommended. I bought a spare set of knives when I Got the planer a few years ago and they are still in the package. I did flip the original set a while back. I mainly plane hard maple, walnut, Purple Heart and Cherry. Great results.

You did mention PORTABLE planer. The DW735 weighs 90 pounds. Not as portable as a lunch box planer.

Buy the Dewalt and get the feed tables. You will be very pleased with your purchase.

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Kirk650

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#23 posted 11-28-2017 10:55 PM

I started with a Delta 22-580 and finally wore it out. Replaced it with the Dewalt 735, and am very pleased. I’m getting Ok life from the blades, but i’m careful to remove any dirt or grit from the wood surface before I plane it. I use it a lot and have had no problems. I think the worries about blade dulling are due to the high number of cuts per inch this machine does.

Mark the blade edges with 1 or 2, so you’ll know if you are moving to the new edge or the edge you used first.

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Woodknack

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#24 posted 11-28-2017 11:20 PM

The thing that held me back from buying a 735 is that if they break, according to stories they are a sonofabitch to fix.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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AlaskaGuy

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#25 posted 11-28-2017 11:28 PM



The thing that held me back from buying a 735 is that if they break, according to stories they are a sonofabitch to fix.

- Rick_M

Nothing could be further form the truth. I did a rebuild on mine. Took it apart and replaced the front roller and put in all new bushing. Piece of cake. This is from real experience not something I heard.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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clin

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#26 posted 11-29-2017 02:34 AM

I have and like the Dewalt 735. One thing I like is the blower quite good. I connect it directly to a filter bag and it works very well collecting the chips.

-- Clin

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Woodknack

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#27 posted 11-29-2017 08:11 AM


The thing that held me back from buying a 735 is that if they break, according to stories they are a sonofabitch to fix.

- Rick_M
Nothing could be further form the truth. I did a rebuild on mine. Took it apart and replaced the front roller and put in all new bushing. Piece of cake. This is from real experience not something I heard.

- AlaskaGuy

Well that’s good to hear.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Dustin

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#28 posted 11-29-2017 01:01 PM

I have the 734, and while I love it, I chose it over the 735 due to budget constraints. I have mine mounted on a stand, and it won’t ever leave my shop, so weight isn’t an issue.

That said, if my budget had been $500-$600, I would have gone with the 735. I’ve used a friend’s, and it’s a fine machine that’s built like a tank.

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#29 posted 11-29-2017 01:07 PM

My experience after working a good portion of my life. When somebody says something is a bitch to fix it they have no experience working on them. That usually means they don’t come in the shop that often. My own experience with the DW735 has been good. I put in a shelix head very straight forward and not difficult. I had to replace the drive belt. My fault I tried to restart with the cutterhead in full contact with the wood after resetting the ckt brkr.
Don’t do that the belt is not hard to replace but they are not cheap. I have a spare belt now. and have never needed it. If I trip a breaker I back the head off fully and remove the wood before restarting.
I never had an issue with the stock knives life. I think the early machines may have had that problem but not ny more.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Marshall1

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#30 posted 11-30-2017 02:21 AM

I just placed an order for a Dewalt DW735X with extra blades and feed extension for a low price of $474 + free shipping from Factory Auth Outlets. I have been watching this machine for a while and jumped on it when I saw this price.

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Gart

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#31 posted 12-05-2017 04:24 PM



I just placed an order for a Dewalt DW735X with extra blades and feed extension for a low price of $474 + free shipping from Factory Auth Outlets. I have been watching this machine for a while and jumped on it when I saw this price.

- Marshall1

Let me know how your buying experience went the that company. I seen that price a while ago but the reviews/comments of their service were less than glorifying.

Gart

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Kirk650

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#32 posted 12-05-2017 09:12 PM

I put my 735 on a rolling stand that I made. I just roll it to the front of the barn and blow the chips in the yard. It’s good to live in the country.

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#33 posted 12-05-2017 09:41 PM

I was at a shop recently that sells a lot of higher end stuff (Laguna, PM, Rikon). The sales guy was RAVING about the Cutech planer – said it outperforms units that cost twice as much – spiral cutters, he claimed no snipe at all.. I want to say it was around $400. This was by far the least expensive unit they sell, so it definitely wasn’t an upsell speech – might be worth a look.. IIRC, I think he said this company brands stuff as Steel City, too..

http://www.cutechtool.com/category-s/154.htm

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Jr604

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#34 posted 12-06-2017 03:28 AM

Thanks all for the input. I appreciate the help.

I was going to purchase the Dewalt planer after all the input until I stumbled across a deal to good to pass up…. I just purchased a delta 6inch jointer from Craigslist. While at the sellers place he asked me if I was interested in any other woodworking tools. He had a jet jpm 13 inch planer and molder for sale. I ended up buying the planer as well because he was asking only $100. It needs a little bit of maintenance but nothing I can’t handle. I figure for $100 I can’t go wrong for my first planer.

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