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Offline sofa_king_rad

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Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:46 PM »
I'm just starting into woodworking as a serious hobby where I plan to build things to actually use in the house. I'm hearing more and more than a planer would be really good to have. So i'm looking for suggestions on a good "first" planar to pickup.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016, 04:54 PM »
 DEWALT DW735X 13" Two-Speed Planer Package

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW735X-Two-Speed-Planer-Package/dp/B003OX9KME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462913550&sr=8-1&keywords=dewalt+planer

Also available without the tables and extra blades, but why not get the complete set up in one package! I have heard mostly good things on this particular planer.

I guess it depends how much you want to spend too. There was a comparison article on 12" planers recently, I will dig out that magazine when I get home

Sofa King, where are you located? I have a barely used Makita planer for sale!

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 04:56 PM »
Thanks, I'll take a look - I'm in northern CA
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 05:00 PM »
Thanks, I'll take a look - I'm in northern CA

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2016, 05:16 PM »
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/161098

Recent thread on the DeWalt

Offline Holmz

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2016, 06:46 PM »
It may be good to have, but that depends on what you are doing.
If you wood is dressed you only need a hand plane or sander.
If you are working with sheets, then a planer is not needed because they're planar already.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2016, 07:03 PM »
How dare you suggest a hand plane, Holmz.  [tongue]

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2016, 07:23 PM »
How dare you suggest a hand plane, Holmz.  [tongue]

Ok I will then.
Mine look similar to there but with an adjusting wheel.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2016, 07:34 PM »
Thanks, I'll take a look - I'm in northern CA

Craigslist has a bunch.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/tls/5577901184.html

This one sounds well used, but is more industrial. Discount!
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/tls/5576362193.html

Probably not used much, and not in a long time.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/tls/5569348502.html

Jet.
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/5572769525.html

Industrial! 3 Phase?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/tls/5574139271.html

Definitely 3 phase. Converter, or motor change required for home use, but nice planer.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/tls/5568519704.html

I am happy with my Powermatic equipment and would probably look for this type of planer.
http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/tls/5566991265.html





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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2016, 08:37 PM »
The April 2016 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine has a comparison of eleven benchtop planers. The Dewalt is the Best Overall, the Rigid (R4331 $369) is the Best Value. I have added a picture of the page with both of these units.

Also tested were the Craftsman 21758, Delta 2-255, Dewalt 734, General 30-060HC, Grizzly G0790, Makita 2012NB, Rikon 25-130H, Rikon 25-131 and Triton TPT125

There was also a 2 page spread in the Dec/Jan 2016 issue of Woodcraft magazine, discussing the Rikon 25-130H and General 30-060HC, both of which come with a segmented cutterhead.

If you would like photocopies of these pages, let me know...





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Offline JimH2

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2016, 10:33 AM »
I have used the Rigid and DeWalt 735 and prefer the Dewalt. I think it has a better build quality and in my experience it has never failed me. I recommend getting the in feed and out feed tables and the stand is quite nice, but you don't need any of those to get started.

The rigid is the equivalent of the Dewalt 734 and I would not recommend it either.

Another plus on the Dewalt 735 is that the Byrd SHELIX Helical Cutterhead is available for it.

Offline ear3

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2016, 11:13 AM »
I think I asked once before on a previous thread the differences between the Dewalt 734 and 735, and got mixed responses, but the overall consensus was that the 735 wasn't "that" much better than the 734.  But some of the comments here, and certainly the magazine review, suggests that it is?  I've been very happy with my 734 (I don't have room in my shop for a stationary machine or even to put a portable planer on a stand), but have thought about upgrading to the 735.

I know the magazine rates the Ridgid as the Best value, but after my experience with the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander (two burnt out motors and one impossibly out of square table, which I tested and eventually returned over the course of a week) -- which was rated both best value and I think  best overall in their comparison of benchtop OSSs -- I will not buy another Ridgid benchtop machine.

I have used the Rigid and DeWalt 735 and prefer the Dewalt. I think it has a better build quality and in my experience it has never failed me. I recommend getting the in feed and out feed tables and the stand is quite nice, but you don't need any of those to get started.

The rigid is the equivalent of the Dewalt 734 and I would not recommend it either.

Another plus on the Dewalt 735 is that the Byrd SHELIX Helical Cutterhead is available for it.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2016, 11:16 AM »
Would the OP not be better off going for an entry level all-in-one planer thicknesser? If he wants to make flat stock for furniture from rough sawn timber, just having the thickness planer and not the jointer is only going to do half the job.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2016, 12:30 PM »
I think I asked once before on a previous thread the differences between the Dewalt 734 and 735, and got mixed responses, but the overall consensus was that the 735 wasn't "that" much better than the 734.  But some of the comments here, and certainly the magazine review, suggests that it is? 

Edward,
I owned the Dewalt 733 which is basically an earlier version of the 734. I've owned the 735 for the last 10-12 years. There is no comparison between the 733/734 and the 735. Two completely different tools. Think moped vs motorcycle. The 733 was kind of toy-like, being made from fabricated sheet metal and the manual carriage lock was always an issue. The 735 is very well built and a solid performer.

However, when I owned the 733, I'd move it from job to job if I needed it because it wasn't that much trouble. I've yet to move the 735 from out of the basement. It may be only 12# heavier, but it is just too bulky/heavy/clumsy for one person to move, especially up and down stairs.

Offline ear3

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2016, 02:13 PM »
He has the TS55. 

Would the OP not be better off going for an entry level all-in-one planer thicknesser? If he wants to make flat stock for furniture from rough sawn timber, just having the thickness planer and not the jointer is only going to do half the job.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2016, 06:37 PM »
Would the OP not be better off going for an entry level all-in-one planer thicknesser? If he wants to make flat stock for furniture from rough sawn timber, just having the thickness planer and not the jointer is only going to do half the job.

What 1/2 job?
Adding complexity and cost before the first job seems risky.

I'm just starting into woodworking as a serious hobby where I plan ...

Or get the wood thicknessed somewhere else at first.
After a project or two you may have a better idea of what you really need.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2016, 06:42 PM »
Would the OP not be better off going for an entry level all-in-one planer thicknesser? If he wants to make flat stock for furniture from rough sawn timber, just having the thickness planer and not the jointer is only going to do half the job.

What 1/2 job?
Adding complexity and cost before the first job seems risky.

I'm just starting into woodworking as a serious hobby where I plan ...

Or get the wood thicknessed somewhere else at first.
After a project or two you may have a better idea of what you really need.

I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

I was referring to the fact that if the stock he's using is in anyway twisted or warped the thickness planer will just follow the path set by the stock. You need both a thicknesser and a jointer if you want finished stock that is straight and flat.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2016, 06:55 PM »
@bobfog What I mean is that this is the first project. So far he has a TS55 and some other gear.
Academically there is some worth in comparing the various planers, and jointers.
However, it may be easier for home to bring the wood somewhere and say I want it square and X by Y dimensions.
After a project, or maybe three, then he may have a better idea of whether he needs a joiner, planer, hand plane or what-have-you.

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2016, 06:57 PM »
@bobfog What I mean is that this is the first project. So far he has a TS55 and some other gear.
Academically there is some worth in comparing the various planers, and jointers.
However, it may be easier for home to bring the wood somewhere and say I want it square and X by Y dimensions.
After a project, or maybe three, then he may have a better idea of whether he needs a joiner, planer, hand plane or what-have-you.

Yeah, I agree.

My point, however, was just taking the OP's request at face value; that if he does want to buy a machine, he will need a jointer and thicknesser to do the job properly. Buying just a thicknesser will only do half the job.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2016, 07:02 PM by bobfog »

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2016, 07:34 PM »
@bobfog we are in agreement.
And as he does want to buy the machine, then knowing the right ones to get is worthwhile knowledge.

(I look like Popeye after using the joiner plane.)

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2016, 08:15 AM »
@Cheese Thanks.  Was there a big difference in terms of performance as well?  I know the 735 has two speeds, but I've never really thought the single speed on the 734 compromised its performance.  I've surfaced all manner of hardwoods on it by this point, and with one or two exceptions never got any tear-out.  And since I sand everything afterwards I don't really need the "glass-finish" promised in the 735 specs on the slow speed.



I think I asked once before on a previous thread the differences between the Dewalt 734 and 735, and got mixed responses, but the overall consensus was that the 735 wasn't "that" much better than the 734.  But some of the comments here, and certainly the magazine review, suggests that it is? 

Edward,
I owned the Dewalt 733 which is basically an earlier version of the 734. I've owned the 735 for the last 10-12 years. There is no comparison between the 733/734 and the 735. Two completely different tools. Think moped vs motorcycle. The 733 was kind of toy-like, being made from fabricated sheet metal and the manual carriage lock was always an issue. The 735 is very well built and a solid performer.

However, when I owned the 733, I'd move it from job to job if I needed it because it wasn't that much trouble. I've yet to move the 735 from out of the basement. It may be only 12# heavier, but it is just too bulky/heavy/clumsy for one person to move, especially up and down stairs.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2016, 04:02 PM »
   I had the 733 (two knife) in use up until a couple weeks ago. The feed rollers needed replacing so I took the opportunity to upgrade to the 735 instead. I have only had it in use for a couple weeks but it is much nicer. The three knives leave a better finish in the fast feed rate and the slow feed rate produces a really smooth finish. I know that it will reduce, and in some cases eliminate sanding.

  I highly recommend the table extensions. There is very little sticking out of the planer housing to start a board on with out them.

The 734 is basically a three knife version of the 733.

I don't think you will find a better choice any where near the price of the 735 but the 734 could be a very close second for a couple hundred less.

Seth

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2016, 04:38 PM »
@Edward A Reno III
I think there are 3 reasons to upgrade to the 735 and 2 reasons not to.

Upgrade if having a more enjoyable user experience is important to you. 

Upgrade if dust collection is important. The 735 has its own blower and in conjunction with a 4" DC setup, will collect at the same rate as the Kapex.

Upgrade if you need or want to use a Shelix head on figured wood. I found out that I got tons of tear-out on birds eye maple. Just about every "eye" got ripped out.

Don't upgrade if mobility is important.

Don't upgrade if money is dear or if you only use the planer once in a while.

Whoops...almost forgot, as Seth said, the extensions are not optional but MANDATORY.




« Last Edit: May 12, 2016, 04:45 PM by Cheese »

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2016, 05:31 PM »
Got it @Cheese .  Thanks.  As I said, I'm pretty happy with my 734 (maybe 5-6 yrs old now?), so I'll hold off until it completes its natural life cycle.  Mobility is actually important, since I have to stow it under the lathe stand when not in use.  I can handle the 734, but I do have occasional back issues that make frequent bending down to grab a 90+ lb. tool off the ground not necessarily the wisest move.

@Edward A Reno III
I think there are 3 reasons to upgrade to the 735 and 2 reasons not to.

Upgrade if having a more enjoyable user experience is important to you. 

Upgrade if dust collection is important. The 735 has its own blower and in conjunction with a 4" DC setup, will collect at the same rate as the Kapex.

Upgrade if you need or want to use a Shelix head on figured wood. I found out that I got tons of tear-out on birds eye maple. Just about every "eye" got ripped out.

Don't upgrade if mobility is important.

Don't upgrade if money is dear or if you only use the planer once in a while.

Whoops...almost forgot, as Seth said, the extensions are not optional but MANDATORY.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • DX 93 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/Long-Life Bag • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2016, 05:56 PM »
Thanks Seth.

   I had the 733 (two knife) in use up until a couple weeks ago. The feed rollers needed replacing so I took the opportunity to upgrade to the 735 instead. I have only had it in use for a couple weeks but it is much nicer. The three knives leave a better finish in the fast feed rate and the slow feed rate produces a really smooth finish. I know that it will reduce, and in some cases eliminate sanding.

  I highly recommend the table extensions. There is very little sticking out of the planer housing to start a board on with out them.

The 734 is basically a three knife version of the 733.

I don't think you will find a better choice any where near the price of the 735 but the 734 could be a very close second for a couple hundred less.

Seth
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • DX 93 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/Long-Life Bag • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2017, 06:26 PM »
Quite fortuitously, found a great deal for the 735 this morning on craigslist. Ended up being 400 for a less than year old unit plus bed extensions plus mobile stand.  I'm kind of ambivalent about the stand -- the nice thing about the 734 was that I could tuck it underneath my lathe stand, as you can see from the picture.  With the stand I have to requisition some precious floor space for the planer.

I think it's a good choice ultimately though.  It gets to be a hassle breaking out the planer, having to set it up on my foldable sawhorses, attach the dust hood, etc.  Now it's basically just plug and play.

Just ran some tests on it, and already I can see its advantages of the 735 over the 734 (in addition to mobility).  You can do four point adjustment on each of the extensions, as opposed to only 2 on the 734. No need for a carriage lock on the 735.  Dust collection is far superior with the power blower -- even hooked up to my wall mounted dust collector, there were always a fair number of chips getting spit back towards the front of the 734.  No slop on the depth adjustment wheel.  And two speeds, the slower of which will come in handy when running larger beams that are less than well jointed.  Finish produced seems great so far, though I only tested some basic woods.

I don't think I would have upgraded, however, were it not for the possibility of adding the Shelix cutterhead.  In addition to getting a better finish, I know I annoy the heck out of the neighborhood whenever I run the planer, so anything that will cut down on the noise will be much appreciated.

And since I'm selling my 734 to a friend for 275, I'm really only out 125 plus the price of the Shelix. So overall, pretty good deal.

« Last Edit: July 30, 2017, 06:35 PM by ear3 »
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2017, 09:50 PM »
I have had that same setup, 735 with tables and stand for about 10 years. I lowered the shelf to the bottom and boxed in the stand. I then ran the planer chip output into this box which has two flaps on the top and a furnace filter to contain the chips and let air out but not dust. The planer can then be used portable without a connection to a dust collector if need be, but I also have a couple ports on the chip box to which I have connected my jointer and table saw which are nearby. They all feed into the box and have gates so I just swap between which tool I am running which works for me in my one-man shop. I ran some 4" PVC to redirect the exhaust over to the side so the hose no longer interferes with my workpiece as it exits the planer. I have some pictures which will explain it all better. If anyone is interested I will post them here or in a new thread.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2017, 10:06 PM »
I would be interested @Bob D. Thanks.

I have had that same setup, 735 with tables and stand for about 10 years. I lowered the shelf to the bottom and boxed in the stand. I then ran the planer chip output into this box which has two flaps on the top and a furnace filter to contain the chips and let air out but not dust. The planer can then be used portable without a connection to a dust collector if need be, but I also have a couple ports on the chip box to which I have connected my jointer and table saw which are nearby. They all feed into the box and have gates so I just swap between which tool I am running which works for me in my one-man shop. I ran some 4" PVC to redirect the exhaust over to the side so the hose no longer interferes with my workpiece as it exits the planer. I have some pictures which will explain it all better. If anyone is interested I will post them here or in a new thread.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • DX 93 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/Long-Life Bag • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2017, 10:10 PM »
OK I'll get some photos tomorrow afternoon when I am in the shop.
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Re: Suggestions for an Entry Planar
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2017, 04:39 PM »
Holy cow!  The Shelix on the 735 is AWESOME!!!!  I've been planing these reclaimed oak beams, on which the original knives dulled and chipped after only a few passes, and which sometimes struggled to pass through the planer because they are a bit wonky (don't have a jointer, so I flattened one side as best I could with handplanes).  They now pass through as smooth as butter.  And the noise?  If you had told me beforehand a planer could be that quiet I would not have believed you.  But it really is that quiet.  Which is a good thing since my shop is in my garage, and I've terrified the neighborhood for too long with the sound of my planing.

I'm still getting some snipe on some of the boards, but I think it's more a roller issue combined with the difficult wood.  Any advice on checking the rollers?  On some of the boards I can feel a bounce as the board is passed from one roller to another and out again.  EDIT: I think it might just be the wood.  As the boards get flatter, the snipe becomes less and less.

So happy I made the investment in the Shelix.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 07:01 PM by ear3 »
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • DX 93 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/Long-Life Bag • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3