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post #1 of 9 Old 01-19-2009, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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New guy looking for planer

Hi,
I'm new to this site and looking for advice on a new planer. Any advice appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-19-2009, 11:36 AM
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Lunchbox planer is fine. I would try to find one used on Craigslist. I got a Dewalt 735 on Craigs list for $300, deals can be had if you have patience. You also want something with a locking head, cuts down on snipe. Welcome to the forum.
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Welcome!! There is a ton of opinion, advice, and expertise here... As far as a planer goes, look for a 12" (22-540, or more) . If You can, score a used one in good condition be careful.... If you want a good planer, the Delta 13" two speed (22-580) is a good choice. Stay away from the TP305 (12 1/2"). Too many repair issues. The Dewalt 12 1/2" is O.K.
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I'd spring for one with a locking cutterhead to prevent snipe, and some sort of a dust collection port. There are several I'd be looking into:

DeWalt DW734/DW735, Delta TP400/22-580, Ridgid, Steel City, or Makita.
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Unlike the majority, I recommend the Rigid R4330.
No cutter head lock but, I've not found a need for it. Easy set up, fantastic dust collection (with 4" hose), and, I've only gotten snipe with cuts over 1/8" while experimenting. I usually take off much less per pass.
Also, lifetime warranty!

Do like you always do,,,, get what you always get!!
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I would go with a Rigid 13in planer. I have had one now for 5 years and love it. It has easy to change disposable blades, a locking head, and little snipe. It also has a lifetime warranty and has come down in price to about $360.00. You can't go wrong with this one.

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i agree with the 2 previous posts. I have the Ridgid 13 inch and love it. Took some time to adjust out the snipe but it's pretty close to non-existent now.
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The Ridgid and the DW735 both use a threaded four post design that doesn't require a separate cutterhead locking system, but it still prevents movement of the head.
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