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Forum topic by robertsj22 posted 09-18-2021 03:30 PM 310 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2021 03:30 PM

looking to get a benchtop planer, my budget is right around $700. What would people reccommend.

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#1 posted 09-18-2021 03:47 PM

I would look at DeWalt, Oliver, and Laguna. I have a DeWalt 735 with straight knives. If I had it to do over I would get a planer with helical heads. The Dewalt knives dull quickly and investing in carbide tipped knives doesn’t make economic sense for what I do. Replacing the cutter head on my 735 doesn’t make economic sense either.

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#2 posted 09-18-2021 03:48 PM

If it was me, I’d look at the DeWalt 734.

This planer is a workhorse and is well within your budget (can be found under $500). Again, if it was me, I’d get a 734, set the remaining funds aside and save up some more, then buy and install a shelix head cutter in the machine.

The larger 735 is a good machine as well, but it is much heavier (well over 100 pounds) and right at the top of your budget. But it only has 1/2 inch wider capacity.

-- Ray

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#3 posted 09-19-2021 01:05 AM

+1 for the Dewalt 735 recommendation. I have one and have had great results from it for several year.

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#4 posted 09-19-2021 01:13 AM

Right now due to availability it’s down to a dewalt 735x, and the cutech. Most others are not available at this time. Anyone have direct experience?

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#5 posted 09-19-2021 01:16 AM

I hear the DW 735 is pretty nice. I’ve had the DW734 for a lot of years and done about 4000 bd ft of unplaned lumber with it, never a hickup, no snipe and smooth. Been through 3 sets of knives.

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#6 posted 09-19-2021 10:53 AM

I have the 735X, The X is a second set of knives, they are reversible so that is four changes. In and outfeed tables are included too. I made a flip cart it shares with my Rigid sander, the one I need is always on the bottom. It will do fine for now and not sure if I will ever upgrade the head but I am thinking about looking at the price right after I post this because the wife is out of town and it’s a tool so….

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#7 posted 09-19-2021 04:41 PM

I have a Dewalt 735 with an aftermarket helical head on it and it works great. If I had to replace it I would definitely get another planer with a helical head. Just so much quieter and the insets last a long time verses the cheap knives they sell now for the Dewalt.

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