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Forum topic by Gluniewski posted 12-06-2019 02:58 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2019 02:58 AM

Hey guys. I’m looking to pick up an affordable planer but I don’t want to buy a hunk of junk. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

-- Gary, New York

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#1 posted 12-06-2019 03:18 AM

Dewalt 735 is very popular, works well and I just saw it on sale.

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#2 posted 12-06-2019 03:42 AM

Great. Going to check it out. Thanks

-- Gary, New York

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#3 posted 12-06-2019 03:47 AM

If you don’t think you need two speeds, the 734 is also a good choice and is cheaper. I have used the crap out of mine with no problems so far. Mel

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#4 posted 12-06-2019 04:09 AM

Here’s a video that does a pretty thorough job ranking them all.

Of course the DW735X came out as the winner but the Triton and Ridgid did quite well and are sub 500 planers.

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#5 posted 12-06-2019 05:07 AM

+1 on the Delta DW735. I’ve had one for three years and have run a lot of wood through it very successfully. If you go that route, I highly recommend getting the infeed and outfeed table set.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#6 posted 12-06-2019 06:23 AM

1) Need some information to help better:
- What wood species will you use?
- What wood thickness will you use?
- How often will you use it?
- How long will you use it per day?

2) Affordable is a very ambiguous description.
What is affordable to one person could be expensive to another.
So: What is your affordable price range?

3) Hoping you meant to ask: ‘What is best planer value?’
Even this question covers a lot of market space, but it is easier to define:

High volume working wood, meaning many days a week:
Any 15” 4 post industrial planer. All 15” are made by same 3 factories, by same 2 companies, and pretty much perform the same. Pick the color, straight or shellix head type, and price you want to pay. Price: new $1000-2500, used $250+

Hobby wood working on weekends only:
Heavy use: Dewalt 735 New $450-$600
Medium use: Dewalt 734, Delta 22-590, and Ridgid 13”; all get decent reviews. New < $500

IMHO – the best value planer anywhere is finding a used 4 post 15” Industrial planer for < $500. They last forever. Parts are easy to find, even when the brand name is no longer in existence (thanks to commonality and Grizzly/Jet/Powermatic parts).
Even a basket case, noisy, beat up, 35 year old 15” planer; can be fully rebuilt/restored to new running condition for $200-$300 in parts and 4-8 hours labor. (assuming the motor is good)

If you use mostly figured woods, and you don’t like sanding/planing/scraping surfaces smooth; then you want to consider shellix type carbide cutters. If only occasionally play with figured woods, then regular straight blades work fine. Shellix cutter head adds hundreds to the price and not all planers can be retrofitted. Shellix heads are not usually considered ‘affordable’. They are a luxury item, unless your figured wood pile demands one to save time prepping for finishing.

Thanks for reading my opinion.

Best Luck in your decision.

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#7 posted 12-06-2019 06:42 AM

For a lunch box planer, the Dewalt is probably the most recommended… it is also the loudest and most expensive :)

But you are in a great location for used equipment. Lunch box planers show up all the time in basically new condition where the owner needed it for one project and then sells it. Usually come with lots of extras as well.

If you want to step it up a notch from the plastic lunch box planers:

A quick scan in your area turned up this really nice Woodmaster 712 for about what you would pay for a new Dewalt. The Woodmaster is a few rungs up the food chain in terms of capabilities, uses a real induction motor, has an infinitely variable feed rate, and can also produce mouldings.

Another similar beast, a ~400 pound Craftsman badged Foley Belsaw is also listed for just a bit more. Those things are built like tanks and will last several lifetimes if taken care of.

There are more in the ‘nearby’ listings as well… lots of options.


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#8 posted 12-06-2019 10:13 AM

If you decide to go with a Dewalt 735 keep looking for sales. I ordered one from lowes last week on sale. Planer/ outfeed tables/ extra knives/ for $ 499. I was going to get a Dewalt 734, but at that price the 735 was only $50 more.

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#9 posted 12-06-2019 11:52 AM

I ordered the DW735X from Lowes and it was a disaster. It seems that no one bothered to enter the part number in the system so after two weeks nothing happened. One click on amazon and I had it in two days.

If you look often there are some sales that pop up. The x version comes with feed tables and an extra set of blades. I got mine for $499 and recommend it.

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#10 posted 12-06-2019 12:13 PM

These are all very affordable ;-)

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#11 posted 12-06-2019 12:41 PM

Awesome responses. Thanks everyone. Dewalt seems to be the go to answer but I’m going to check out the other models.
Also going to check out the used route and see what shows in the area. Thanks again

-- Gary, New York

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#12 posted 12-07-2019 02:08 AM

Just buy the Dewalt 735. Trust us. And a user tip – mark the blades so you’ll know which is edge #1 and edge #2. When edge #2 gets dull, you won’t have to try to remember if it’s edge #1 or edge #2, and you’ll know (correctly) when you need the new blades.

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#13 posted 12-07-2019 03:41 PM

I’d look for a lightly used Ridgid on Craigslist. I regularly see them listed at $100~$200 locally.

-- Eric

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