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Planer choice

by Johndeere630
posted 09-16-2018 03:22 PM

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 07:43 PM

A lot of choices. The DeWalt 735 is/has been the best lunch box planer ever. For it to be great you need to buy or make a set of extension tables. The Byrd cutterhead for that machine is worth the upgrade cost, but with the machine and the Byrd, you are getting into the price range of a 15” Planer, and that puts you into a completely different world. There you will gladly save up for a Byrd head, or just buy one with a spiral cutterhead already installed

I would do the later, having had a tool budget, and also having owned all of the tools I have just mentioned. There is no comparison between the lunch box, and the heavier tool.

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#2 posted 09-16-2018 08:41 PM

steven has me confused or some1 does where do you get dewalt from steve ?

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 08:42 PM

where in northern Pa. you from JD630 ?

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#4 posted 09-16-2018 09:00 PM

From a small town called Tunkhannock, graduated from Thaddeus Stevens down your way GR8HUNTER.

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 02:48 PM

That is a big expense to justify unless your working with a lot of highly figured very expensive wood.

A straight blade planer with sharp blades and light passes does a good job. Pay close attention to grain direction.

I have that 20” Grizzly planer for almost 15 years and for me it has been rock solid and a beast. I’ve had no issues with the planer other than my own fault with a few adjustments.

If I were set on a spiral head, I would just upgrade the one I have rather than get into buying/selling. But if you’re not happy with the one you have, proceed.

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