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birdman1charlie

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06-27-2018 12:54 AM

need a little education
I am thinking of getting a planer. I am not a cabinet maker but wonder, what is the significance of that extra ½ inch of width? It seems that to go from 12½ to 13 inches will almost double the price. For example dewalt 12½ $400 – dewalt 13 inch $600. Granted the $600 unit has other features but surely someone makes a 12 ½ with all the bells and whistles.
Thanks for the input and stay cool. (100 degrees here Thursday. Yuck)
Charlie


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#1 posted 06-27-2018 01:06 AM

No matter what size you get, it will always be 1/4” to narrow all to often! A 15” planner is great if you are building 30” cabinets (15” doors) plus you can plane 12” wide end grain cutting boards safer?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 06-27-2018 01:32 AM

This is a very good question and from what I can see based on the ones I have dealt with it seems like the 13” ones are a little better quality and have better features and maybe a little more power. They are just about all bench top or so-called “lunchbox” planers in those sizes. Somebody will now, no doubt post some oddball, off the wall, stand alone, super high dollar, fancy 12” planer that no one has ever heard of and they are no longer made!!! That said, if you have or can find a 12” or 12 1/2” planer that works good and gets the job done then stick with it and don’t worry about the extra 1/2” or 1” capacity. When I {and a lot of other guys} make wide panels for projects I am always ripping the wood to somewhere around 4” and gluing them up anyways. Trying to make things out of wood 12 or 13 inches wide or more is asking for trouble later. I know people do it and I also know some that have pretty good luck at it. There’s an old saying that applies to woodworking just as much as other things…”god looks out for dummies and those that don’t know any better”

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#3 posted 06-27-2018 01:42 AM

This is kinda like looking at a Toyota Camry and a Lexus ES and seeing the ES has 1/2” more headroom and pondering if the $15K extra is worth it for 1/2” more headroom, that is only a small portion of the difference. The difference between the Dewalt 734 and 735 are much more extensive than the 1/2” and that is what you are paying for, the 735 is the top of the lunchbox planer class currently.

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#4 posted 06-27-2018 01:51 AM

The DW734 and DW735 have the same motor for all intensive purposes, same power. Nearly all 115V, 15amp lunchbox planers are going to be very close in usable power, the feed rate and how sharp the blades are will allow the best use of that power. The Camry has more headroom than the Lexus ES.

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#5 posted 06-27-2018 02:12 AM

The 12” – 13” planers are all essentially the same class of machine, and any price difference is generally due to factors other than just width. The next step up from them would be to the 15” induction motor machines, which are a huge step up in size, weight and power.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 06-27-2018 02:13 AM

You choose it because of the features that the 13 inch planer has. Simple as that. The 735 has many features that are desirable, and not found on the 734.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 06-27-2018 02:37 AM

The capacity difference between 12 1/2”and 13” is where they put the guides on the sides. There really is no capacity difference. The difference in price is in the other features.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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AHuxley

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#8 posted 06-27-2018 02:52 AM



The DW734 and DW735 have the same motor for all intensive purposes, same power. Nearly all 115V, 15amp lunchbox planers are going to be very close in usable power, the feed rate and how sharp the blades are will allow the best use of that power. The Camry has more headroom than the Lexus ES.

- bigblockyeti

I knew some spring butt would question the headroom… notice I didn’t mention front or rear on purpose. however the accuracy depends on how the Camry is equipped, but in any case it was just an illustration. In the same vein, what is an intensive purpose? Is it anything like an intent and purpose?

If you want to argue they are the same save the 1/2” feel free, but the 735 is a significantly different planer.

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#9 posted 06-27-2018 04:54 AM

Great thread so far. To begin with, like AHuxley said, it’s for all intents and purposes…lol It might sound like intensive purposes, but it’s not. Just like Jimi Hendrix never sang “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.” And raw chicken won’t give you Sam and Ella.

Anyway, the 734 is a three bladed version of the venerable 733, one of which served me well for over two decades. It’s not a huge upgrade.

The 735, on the other hand, is a total redesign. It has two feed speeds — for dimensioning and finishing — and the result (with fresh blades) is a glass smooth surface with virtually no tear out, even on highly figured woods. In the lunch box class, it’s the best.

One thing though; the blades suck. They get dull in no time, and even though they are double-sided, plan on either replacing them often, or biting the bullet and getting a shelix head.

Also, you can pay $660 for the X model with the wings and spare blades, but it’s been offered regularly on eBay from discount sellers and the 20% coupon for as low as $425 with free shipping and no tax.

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#10 posted 06-27-2018 05:56 AM

I used a old dewalt 12” for years and when I got the chance to use a 735, I couldn’t sell the old one fast enough. I bought off craigslist. I took my time and knew what I wanted and how much I wanted to pay. I found one that was used but never used for less than half price. The moment I picked it up I was online buying the Shelix carbide head for it. Words can’t explain how smooth the cut is. I’m currently working some Cumaru and had one tooth get a nick in it. I was able to locate the nicked insert, rotate it and be back at work in 10 minutes. So the reason I bring this up is, if you can find a used one for $250 and get the Shelix head for another $370, Sell the old head for $70 you can have one heck of a planer for less than $600

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#11 posted 06-27-2018 09:26 AM

As far as the 1/2” difference, I have no idea why. But I’ll second the opinion that I went from a Delta 12 1/2” lunch box to a DeWalt 735 and the finish is night and day better.

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#12 posted 06-27-2018 11:08 AM

When I was shopping around for a replacement for my old Porter Cable 12” planer I looked at the 734 in the big box store and then I looked at the 735 my dad has. There is no comparison. If I was to guess, the 734 is the low end offering that the big box stores like – cheap. It is a base , getting started, model, while the 735 has a much better design. Another example of the quality difference – The threaded posts in the corners on the 735 make it much more solid and more reliable than the flimsy 734. The 735 is the best lunch box planer out there.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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birdman1charlie

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#13 posted 06-28-2018 02:29 AM

Okay then to sum this all up, the number 13 has no particular significance as to wood working. If Dewalt had chosen to make the 735 a 12 1/2 inch unit, it would still be the preferred bench top planer. As to the car headroom discussion, I will stay out of that.

Thanks everyone again for your input.

Charlie

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#14 posted 06-28-2018 04:11 AM


Okay then to sum this all up, the number 13 has no particular significance as to wood working. If Dewalt had chosen to make the 735 a 12 1/2 inch unit, it would still be the preferred bench top planer.

- birdman1charlie

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