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Forum topic by AnDv posted 05-23-2020 08:59 AM 277 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2020 08:59 AM

I’m in the market for a new planer. Currently have a DW735. I’m trying to get my shop setup for semi-pro woodworking to eventually Be able to make it a full time gig. So I’d like to buy once.

Was pretty set on a 20” Jet/ Shop Fox/ Griz type of 4 Post planer.. but came across 2 different brands recently that have sparked my interest. A North State 5HP 24” w/Spiral head, and 1.5 HP indeed motor. Looks like new they are $6500 ish. Found a used one that’s either basically brand new or very well taken care of for $5200. My worry here is 5HP not enough for some full width pieces?

And Woodmaster 725. A 25” 7.5 HP with spiral head for $5000. Anyone had experience with this?


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#1 posted 05-23-2020 10:44 AM

Well, the Woodmaster is USA which would make it a top choice in my book, although it may be 3 phase.

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 11:42 AM

Have no experience with those two models.
Had a 24” Delta passed through shop for a short visit, and I own a 20” Jet?

IMHO – Planers larger than common 20 inch four post models made in Taiwan, are intended for true commercial shop setup. They need dedicated space, and lot more power.
Single phase 7.5HP motor has 36A FLA and requires a 50A breaker. Add 5HP dust collector to keep planer clean and need a 100A for shop power to run ONE tool at time. Add a helper working in shop may have to turn lights off while when tools are turned on, almost. lol
Anytime you venture over 5HP motors in shop, 3 phase power is cheaper option and why very few companies even offer 7.5HP single phase motors.
The larger planers are also heavy metal, weighing 1200-1500lbs. Need fork lift, big engine hoist, or over head crane to lift one off the pallet! My 20” Jet planer weighs just over 800lbs. It is maximum possible weight for high end mobile base, and it is not fun to move around shop.

Suggest you let the project work define the width needed.
If you plan to run a lot of wide heavy slabs and have space/pwer, then maybe go big: 24-25”. Trouble is many folks are moving to large CNC tables for largest slab milling as you don’t have to recycle a massive hunk of lumber across the planer over and over.
If you plan to build cabinets and furniture, buy a smaller 15-20” planer to thin down the 8-14” common lumber widths and allow for a wide belt sander to process your glued up door panels and table tops.

Thanks for reading my opinion.
Best Luck.

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#3 posted 05-23-2020 12:14 PM

I have no experience with their planers, but I have had a north state DC and a north state shaper for 25 years with no problems at all.

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#4 posted 05-23-2020 02:07 PM

Appreciate the reply’s:

Ibewjon- 25 years is a good track record. That gives me wa more confidence in the brand.

Captain Klutz- Great insight… i did just purchase a bandsaw mill that can saw 26” diameter logs. But a CNC isn’t something i though about for large milling..

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#5 posted 05-23-2020 08:04 PM

I should have stated that it is home shop use, not a cabinet shop. And the company was still in business last year.

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#6 posted 05-23-2020 10:18 PM

AnDv – what do you need that you’re 735 wont accommodate at the moment? What do you make and/or intend to make more of as you transition to semi-pro and pro?

For example, if you’re planning to mill your own slabs and make live edge furniture then you may be better served using your dw735 for small/medium parts until it dies and look at router sleds or a CNC for surfacing big slabs. Slabs are a bear to mill and the marginal utility you’ll get from stepping up to a 20” model or the 16” a3-41 you’ve also posted about may run out fast if you really get into that world. The 24” models would be great at running lots of counter tops at production speeds but a router sled and or CNC is gonna be able to handle much wider stuff for individual builds.

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