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post #21 of 29 Old 06-10-2012, 09:14 PM
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Everything I read says the Dewalt 735 is a great machine and is the best of the table top machines. And they are about the $600+ range.

I was able to buy a 15" Powermatic that had been reconditioned for $600. The guy who had it was selling it to buy an Dewalt 735.

I bought the used Powermatic for several reasons, 1st it is 15" instead of 13", 2nd 3HP, 3rd floor model and on a mobile base and so easier to mover around, 4th great dust collection, 5th little to no snipe.

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post #22 of 29 Old 06-10-2012, 11:38 PM
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Quality -$ Planer

Hi!
It's us cheapos again!
We use two planers in our shop...one a Grizzly 15" (not bad at all), and the the other (our favorite), a twenty-five year old Belsaw 910; 12". We are the original owners, and have never experienced any major problems (outside of blade sharpening, done in house) !
Slight snipe can be controlled by simply adding adjustable rollers to support stock, and careful feed technique.
The bad side...these gems (Craftsman/Belsaw) can now only be purchased used !
Buy carefully, and spend the savings on your next toy !
Happy hunting!
Marena and Vinny

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I bought the Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer, about 2 years ago, and I love it. Its a tool you dont use everyday, or I dont, but when I do I am glad I have it. There are alot out there its what you want to pay, some people sware buy Dewalt, some other brands? I like My Makita 2012NB.

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Just so folks know Amazon just dropped the price to 504.99 for the Dewalt 735X and have a $25 off coupon to boot with free shipping. Just ordered. Best price I have seen in a long time.

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I guess it depends on what makes something "the best" to you. I have the Steel City planer and couldnt be happier. Heres a short review I did on it awhile back. Steel City 40200H 13" Planer It does everything the DeWalt will do and does it with a helical head. IMO, the helical head is a huge advantage if for nothing else than ease of changing the cutters. Not to mention that all the cutters are 4 sided so when they get dull you just flip them to a different side. Many will also tell you that when all four sides are dull, you have to replace them and they cost a fortune. Yes, the do cost twice what standard knives cost but they can easily and quickly be sharpened with a diamond card. My planer is almost a year old and I havnt even flipped my cutters to a second side yet!! I dont plane 100 BF a day either. IMO, this is the best machine available for under $600 but others may have a differnt opinion.

It should also be mentioned that that DeWalt that comes so highly reccomended requires infeed and outfeed tables that are sold sepperately. I could be wrong but I think you may have to buy the chip collector seperate as well. It is also loud enough to wake the dead from what I hear so I definately wouldnt want it if you have a basement shop like I do. The Steel City planer comes with everything you need to start planing lumber right out of the box, that is after you spend half the day cleaning grease out of it!!

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Sorry but a stupid question, I am new to this, what is snipe?
It is a vicious or underhanded remark. It is what's my wife and I do to each other after a hard day's work but before the wine bottle is opened.

No question is stupid. Thank you for asking.
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Good choice on the 735. Had mine 5 yrs and no complaints.

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While I value your opinion and I do agree that the helical head (future upgrade for me) is the way to go, it appear you do not know the 735X model. It comes with the in-feed and out-feed tables and an extra set of blades as part of the package. The chip collector will be my shop vac, as the unit has a powered chip extractor built in - part of the noise you mention.

Before buying this unit I called Steel City about their current model. I believe they now equip their helical cutter head with only 2 sides cutters - cost savings?. If you check their web page it even says 2 sided.26 (HSS Indexable Inserts (2-Sided)) so you may wish to look at your cutter head.
http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com/pr...=9&tool=40200H

I do agree it is a very good unit, however for the price I could not pass up the Dewalt.

Per Amazon it is on its way. I also bought the table for it too as it also had the $25 coupon and the best price out there.

RJweb - Snipe is an imperfection (gouging) of the finished wood caused by the planer blades, generally at the beginning or end of a board caused by not having full support of the board being planed - thus the need for good in-feed and out-feed tables and support of the board. Its similar to tear out when using a router at the end of a board or going cross grain. But the joke was a bit humerus - been there :-)

Have a great weekend folks

On edit - sad news - Amazon and others are back to $579

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While I value your opinion and I do agree that the helical head (future upgrade for me) is the way to go, it appear you do not know the 735X model. It comes with the in-feed and out-feed tables and an extra set of blades as part of the package. The chip collector will be my shop vac, as the unit has a powered chip extractor built in - part of the noise you mention.

Before buying this unit I called Steel City about their current model. I believe they now equip their helical cutter head with only 2 sides cutters - cost savings?. If you check their web page it even says 2 sided.26 (HSS Indexable Inserts (2-Sided)) so you may wish to look at your cutter head.
http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com/pr...=9&tool=40200H

I do agree it is a very good unit, however for the price I could not pass up the Dewalt.

Per Amazon it is on its way. I also bought the table for it too as it also had the $25 coupon and the best price out there.

RJweb - Snipe is an imperfection (gouging) of the finished wood caused by the planer blades, generally at the beginning or end of a board caused by not having full support of the board being planed - thus the need for good in-feed and out-feed tables and support of the board. Its similar to tear out when using a router at the end of a board or going cross grain. But the joke was a bit humerus - been there :-)

Have a great weekend folks

On edit - sad news - Amazon and others are back to $579
Yep, cost savings and time savings. I cant speak to what comes standard in that machine today but my machine has four sided inserts that are sharp on four sides. Did I mention I can sharpen them and put them back in less time than it takes me to set up the three knives in my jointer? Ive never owned a planer with standard knives but I assume its similar to a jointer in setup which IMO is a nightmare compared to replacing an insert in a helical head. Regardless, the horrible reviews on the sound levels of the DeWalt which is said to be the loudest planer ever sold is enough to steer me away from it because my shop is in my basement and I have a family that dosnt enjoy the sound of my tools as much as I do. I'm not knocking the quality of the DeWalt. Its obviously a well regarded machine. I just feel like the Steel City planer is a better machine in every aspect and its less than $600 which is what the OP asked for. The difference in cost from the Dewalt to the Steel City machine will be voided by the cost of the upgraded knives that you need to buy. Have you read the reviews about the knives that come in that machine? Theres a reason they ship it with a spare set. Just sayin.

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