Given a choice

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by LNRR posted 08-11-2018 03:15 AM 608 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View LNRR's profile


22 posts in 1640 days

08-11-2018 03:15 AM

If given a choice between an older Powermatic Model 100 planer and a New Dewalt 735 planer with a shelix cutter head at about the same money which would you buy for a hobbyist shop? Thanks

-- David Tenn.

7 replies so far

View TheFridge's profile


10859 posts in 2258 days

#1 posted 08-11-2018 03:23 AM

Ohhh. Tough one.

If stationary and in good shape ready to roll. Powermatic.

If mobile. Dewalt.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View Ripper70's profile


1377 posts in 1680 days

#2 posted 08-11-2018 04:26 AM

For a “hobbyist shop”? Seems like the Dewalt would serve you best. The shelix head and portability would, for me as a non-professional, be the better choice.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

View Lazyman's profile


5401 posts in 2159 days

#3 posted 08-11-2018 12:31 PM

What you mean by “older” might be a factor. If it is ready for new bearings, etc. that could cost you more or at least some work. I don’t know much about the PM 100 but I love my DW 735. With a Shelix head it should give you exceptional results. I use a shopvac with a DIY Thein baffle bucket separator and get great chip collection if that is a consideration. Because the DW has a chip fan to expel the chips, many just run a short hose into a trash can or box with some sort of screen to allow air to exit with good results as well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View BlasterStumps's profile


1681 posts in 1211 days

#4 posted 08-11-2018 01:02 PM

The Dewalt weighs a little. If I had one, I think I would make a rolling stand for it or, place it on a station where I didn’t have to move it. I have read good reviews for the Dewalt with the Shelix cutter head. Less noise for one thing.

I have a 2040 Makita. It’s loud as all get out but it’s been a workhorse. If it should ever roll craps, I would probably look at the Dewalt with the Shelix.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

View JRsgarage's profile


367 posts in 1281 days

#5 posted 08-11-2018 04:05 PM

Considering both are well rec’d, I don’t think I would replace either with the other. When I was replacing my planer, I kinda categorized the 735 as a stationary due to weight and justified a used 15”....which I don’t like to use on small pcs

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

View Lazyman's profile


5401 posts in 2159 days

#6 posted 08-12-2018 01:20 PM

At 92 lbs (with standard cutterhead), the DW is barely considered a portable. Mine sits on a cheap stand I bought at Harbor Freight that I made a mobile base for so I can easily move it around.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View msinc's profile


567 posts in 1275 days

#7 posted 08-12-2018 01:49 PM

You guys post like the DeWalt 735 is not complete without a Shelix head…..”With a Shelix head it should give you exceptional results.” I got news for ya…without the Shelix head it WILL give you exceptional results, mine certainly does.
I have mine on the DeWalt table they make for it. I also have the fold out tables and a DRO readout depth gauge. It is a very handy little machine. I would get a Shelix if the blades weren’t so cheap and easy to set up. It is hard to justify doubling the cost of the 735 when the blades don’t cost much, they drop right in and no alignment with a magnetic base dial indicator is needed…..and it works so good anyways.
Still, the original question is a tough one. Powermatic machines are tough and last and they seem to maintain the best resale value no matter their age. If I wanted one planer to not have to replace and use hard everyday I think I would rather have a PowerMatic. I really love my 735, don’t get me wrong, but the one issue that stays on my mind is, “how long will it last???”

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics