Benchtop Thickness Planer


I have been looking for some reviews for benchtop thickness planers, Dewalt, Delta, Rigid. Something I could go out and buy locally in my area.
I found a couple of reviews trough Google on the Dewalt 735, but basically all they seem like they were taken off of Amazon's webite and applied to them to their site.
Are there any good sites with Benchtop Thickness Planer reivews or recent magazine articles?
Thanks,
Bill
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The DW735 comes out on top every time, the delta for less money a close second, the next dewalt a close third.
I have the DW735, have not run a whole lot, but just planed down for a FIL 7 10' pine boards to 13/16" from rough. Didn't take much off each pass, but they were beautiful when done. Filled a full bag of shavings.
Alan
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Don't forget to factor in the cost of replacement knives. I believe that the Dewalts are quite pricey and don't last very long.
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On 22 May 2005 16:00:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

That was one of my concerns with the Dewalt.
Are there any third party knives that will fit the 735 and last longer?
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wrote:

DW does not want that to happen. Parts are a profit center.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

I've seen the DeWalt knife set priced fairly reasonably. When I say reasonable I take into consideration that
1) the blades are reversible
2) the blades have aligning pins to simplify replacement,
3) on the 735, I'm told that it is possible shift the blades laterally on the cutter head. If you hit a piece of grit, etc. that nicks the blade set you can shift two of the blades in opposite directions, tighten them down and you're good to go.
Seems to me to be a distinct advantage over the other brands and models that either don't have the indexing or don't allow for lateral shift.
That said, I'm looking for a planer and considering the 735 or the two-speed Delta.
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Don't worry about it. With a light touch, the factory knives are good for at least two resharpenings - when mine wear down enough to need it again, I'll let you know if they're good for three.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Disagree on both counts. Depends on your definition of "pricey", I guess, but a new set can be had for about $45 at Lowe's, and less than that on eBay. As for durability... there's enough metal there to allow them to be resharpened a couple of times, as long as you use a light hand on the grinder.
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I think you are going to get a better finish with the Dewalt because it has 3 blades instead of two like the Delta. Probably same reason blades cost more... you get 3 instead of 2 in a package.
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Try wood.net. and do a search. There is lots of discussion there about planer, bench top and stationary.
Darrell

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Not a review, but a personal experience. I have had good to excellent experience with my Ridgid TP1300. A well-made machine, with an intelligent design. When I did something really stupid, it managed to break a $3, user-replaceable part, rather than smoke the motor.
What Doug said about DeWalt blades seems to work for these, as well, although I stocked up several sets when the Emerson transition was happening. The new machine is the same design as the old, and seems every bit as strong.
The Deltas I've used don't seem as sturdy, but that's just one person's opinion.
Patriarch
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I've got the 22-580 Delta. I haven't used it a lot and don't have a lot of planer experience but have really liked this machine. I can't see any snipe to speak of unless I went to heavy on the cut. With the dust collector attachment, the machine ran very clean. I picked up a refurbished one from toolking.com for $299 (about 2 months ago). The two speed feature is nice, as well as a zero stop mechanism that lets you set up the depth of cut fairly easily by letting you know when the knives are exactly at the same level as the top of the board.
I read up on the Dewalt when I bought the Delta as I didn't have a personal preference on which one to buy. I had read a couple of complaints that there were some plastic gears or some other type of mechanism that broker in the Dewalt fairly easily and weren't too cheap to replace. That was enough to sway my decision.
Good luck.
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