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BalsaWood

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04-11-2019 07:52 PM

How much of an upgrade would there be to a larger heavier planer from a lunchbox planer- would going to a Dewalt DW735 from a Delta lunchbox planer be much of an upgrade?


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Aj2

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#1 posted 04-11-2019 07:55 PM

Not much

-- Aj

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GrantA

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#2 posted 04-11-2019 07:56 PM

735 is king of the lunchbox planers, unless you got a great deal I would stick with what you have. If you want to upgrade go to a 15”+ planer and then it’s a big upgrade that you won’t regret, as long as you have the space for it

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#3 posted 04-11-2019 08:01 PM

The DW735 is a ‘lunchbox’ planer as well. If you want to go to the next step up, look for a stationary planer with an induction motor, which are typically 15” wide or wider.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 04-11-2019 08:48 PM



The DW735 is a lunchbox planer as well. If you want to go to the next step up, look for a stationary planer with an induction motor, which are typically 15” wide or wider.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

+1
IMHO – All the hobby grade planers under 13” are ‘lunch box’ type, except for antique USA made Delta/Rockwell RC-33 4 post planer. http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=13833

+1 If you want upgraded capability beyond lunch box models, need to buy one of the 15”/20” models in market.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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BalsaWood

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#5 posted 04-11-2019 09:29 PM


The DW735 is a lunchbox planer as well. If you want to go to the next step up, look for a stationary planer with an induction motor, which are typically 15” wide or wider.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

+1
IMHO – All the hobby grade planers under 13” are lunch box type, except for antique USA made Delta/Rockwell RC-33 4 post planer. http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=13833

+1 If you want upgraded capability beyond lunch box models, need to buy one of the 15”/20” models in market.

- CaptainKlutz

So I’m guessing the RC-33 if I could fine one wouldn’t be too great of an upgrade either?

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CaptainKlutz

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#6 posted 04-11-2019 10:04 PM


So I m guessing the RC-33 if I could fine one wouldn t be too great of an upgrade either?
- BalsaWood

IMHO – The USA made 2HP RC-33 are nice heavy duty tools. Definitely a HP upgrade, just not much of width upgrade.
The Delta Invicta branded (Brazil made) 13” models are similar quality as Taiwan made tools, and usually sell for same price as 15”. Would pass on Delta Invicta 13” unless it was cheap, cheap and working.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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pottz

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#7 posted 04-11-2019 10:41 PM

if you do a lot of planing rough sawn lumber it would be worth the upgrade to a 15”+ planer,it was a huge improvement for what i do,sometimes ill plane a few hundred board ft and the lunch box just didn’t cut it,no pun intended-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#8 posted 04-12-2019 12:17 AM

My Grizzly 15” is a beast. Quiet, overpowered, level and with true cast iron in-feed and out-feed tables. Long enough that I don’t have to “catch” most cabinet sized stock and powerful enough that I can move fast through thick stock. I can’t recommend a solid stationary enough. Two speeds let me slow down as I approach final finish. The sound it makes is a working sound, not a laboring sound. Slow, steady and methodical as it works with me to make great milled wood….far from a lunchbox at just a small fraction above the price.

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Rich

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#9 posted 04-12-2019 12:23 AM


far from a lunchbox at just a small fraction above the price.

- BlueRidgeDog

Until you add $700 for the Shelix cutter head. The photo below shows that it’s not a luxury option for me. Here in the desert, you never know what you’ll run into (those are small rocks that were down in a wormhole that I had filled with epoxy).

-- There are 10 types of people—those who understand binary, and those who don’t

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#10 posted 04-12-2019 03:00 AM

I started out with the 13” Rigid 4331 lunchbox planer which did a great job for being a lunchbox. I found a 15” Jet planer that I restored. I kept the Rigid. Sits on top of the Jet actually :) Was told, lunch box planers are better for the thinner stock than the larger brothers. And, never know when knick in planer blade will happen. Good to have a quickie spare.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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