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Best Planer for under $600

What are yours thoughts about the best planer to get for under $600? Are there any good one's for this much or should I wait till I can get one in the 2K range?
I'm looking to start a shop to build all of our needs for a new house then seeing about doing it part time for friends...
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I just got the rigid planer at home depot for 399. So far I love it and think that it is a great deal. If your just starting out then right now you will have no need for a larger one. Do you have a table saw and jointer yet. If you don't you should get a table saw and jointer before a planer. I don't yet have a jointer but am waiting for a good deal on cl because I did not have the money for a jointer.
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You can get a good planer for under 600 dollars no problem. Dewalt makes some good models, from what wood magazine said, best on the market for benchtop models with the extension tables. The only problem with these are that you get snipe. With the bigger machines in the 2k range, you end up getting a very small, almost undetectable amount of snipe. So, take it with a grain of salt and do what you think is best. For your needs, I would suggest under 600 dollars. Look at the dewalts, they're nice!
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You can get a good planer for under 600 dollars no problem. Dewalt makes some good models, from what wood magazine said, best on the market for benchtop models with the extension tables. The only problem with these are that you get snipe. With the bigger machines in the 2k range, you end up getting a very small, almost undetectable amount of snipe. So, take it with a grain of salt and do what you think is best. For your needs, I would suggest under 600 dollars. Look at the dewalts, they're nice!

+1 on the Dewalts. Take a look at both the DW734 (around$300 at HD) and the DW735 (around $650). In all the reviews I've seen, these two are always the top rated for least snipe and smoothness of cut. They are both three knife planers. Just be sure to get the optional infeed/outfeed tables to help minimize snipe. The Ridgid got high marks too but was more difficult to adjust depth of cut in the reviews/comparisons I've seen.
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I have a Dewalt 734 (which replaced my 733 which died after 12 years of service and tens if not 100's of thousand board feet) and it works great. The gripe about snipe is not warranted. With light passes and attention to supporting the wood as it exits the machine and there is very little if any snipe (and what is there sands out very quickly). Oh yea, you can usually find the 734 on sale for under $350.

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I have a DW 734 also, but if you are in the $600 range you might as well save a little and get a stationary planer. A lot of guys here swear by Grizzly's tools and that'd be more in the $1000-1500 range then the $2000 range.

Check them out here
http://www.grizzly.com/products/cate...spx?key=490000

To get a heavy cast iron with re-sharpenable blades and a larger motor for just a few hundy more then what you are currently at might be worth the wait if you can swing it. I can't, that's why I have the 734, otherwise I would have.
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I recently bought the Steel City 13" planer with the helical cutterhead. Although I have not used it exstensively, I am happy with it. Not sure if you are looking for something larger than that. If you are, I believe Grizzly is the way to go. I own several of their tools and am very pleased with them. More machine, less money.

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Forgot to mention that the planer was 549.00 with free shipping thru amazon.

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The Ridgid and Dewalt planers are nice machines. I wouldn't bother with a jointer before a planer though. You can joint with a planer / sled rig and a table saw / jig, but you can not thickness plane on a jointer no matter how hard you try...

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I bought the Ridgid recently, Lowes had the Dewalt for $349 and Home Depot had it for $399 and the Ridgid wad also $399. I asked the worker if They could price match Lowes with the Ridgid and he gave it to me for $349 and then I got an extra 10% off after that, so it cost me $315 ish.

It had snipe on both sides but I tweaked it and got all the snipe out from the front of the board and the back has a very very small amount which is removed quickly from a swipe with the sander.
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Sorry but a stupid question, I am new to this, what is snipe?
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A good used old iron planer is my choice. I paid $150 for my 12" Boice Crane planer. (in picture) I just sold 2, 8" craftsman/Belsaw planer/moulders, for $100 for both. I needed the room, and paid $50 for one, and got the other for free.
I think $600 would buy great a old restored planer. Just a matter of finding one. Post wanted ads.
Over on OWWM, there are at least 3 for sale on the first 2 pages.
Shipping can be a problem, as they're not light.
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Snipe is when the cutter over cuts on the leading or trailing end. This is caused by one feed roller not being supported when the board is entering and exiting the planer.

By the way I have a Dewalt D734 and love it. I already have planed 100's of board feet with it. I know you are not suppose to do this but I planed a dozen boards or so for a half hour with out any problems.

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I bought the Ridgid recently, Lowes had the Dewalt for $349 and Home Depot had it for $399 and the Ridgid wad also $399. I asked the worker if They could price match Lowes with the Ridgid and he gave it to me for $349 and then I got an extra 10% off after that, so it cost me $315 ish.
Gees, my HD would NEVER price match a different brand. Those guys must like you.

Anyway, I just got the dewalt 734 and am pretty happy with it. I found the sale price at HD and got the price match plus 10% at Lowes.

If I was willing to spend a little more money though, I'd get either the Dewalt 735 or the Steel City with the helical cutter head.

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Get a 10% off coupon for HD (ebay or moving kit from the post office) and get the Dewalt 735 for under $600. Butter smooth cuts, great dust collection (actually blows up my DC bag without the DC being turned on), one-tool for all service/adjustments, near zero snipe (with in/out tables adjusted properly). The Ridgid and DW 734 are also very good planers for less money. Good luck, Mike
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You can get a reconditioned 735 for $500.00 with a 1 year warranty.

http://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet.c...ss_Planers.ASP
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Hey Guys thanks so much for your feedback. I found the 13" Dewalt DW735X on the Factory Authorized Outlet site with an extra 3 knives & the in & out feed extension tables for $579 including shipping.
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I have the DeWalt DW735X 13 Two-Speed Planer Package. Very happy.

It has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

More info: http://best-gear.org/dewalt-13-two-s...ackage-dw735x/
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If you are patient you might be able to find a heavier used professional model planer for under $600.00 that would last you the rest of your life. I would look for Powermatic. I didn't do this though. I needed a planer so I just went out and bought a Delta 12 1/2" portable planer, thinking I bought lumber already surfaced and just needed the planer to surface the edges of faceframe stock. I soon found out this was a big mistake. The machine was constantly falling apart. After using it for several months like that I finally dissembled the planer and reassembled it with threadlock. Still from time to time I have a piece fall off of it and now I'm having to improvise some of the parts because Delta has discontinued them.
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A good used old iron planer is my choice. I paid $150 for my 12" Boice Crane planer. (in picture) I just sold 2, 8" craftsman/Belsaw planer/moulders, for $100 for both. I needed the room, and paid $50 for one, and got the other for free.
I think $600 would buy great a old restored planer. Just a matter of finding one. Post wanted ads.
Over on OWWM, there are at least 3 for sale on the first 2 pages.
Shipping can be a problem, as they're not light.
http://owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=4&start=40
Yes, $600 goes along way on older and better made equipment.
I just cant buy this new stuff, when there is much better tools out there for less.
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