I am looking to buy a planer. I don't want a bottom quality unit nor an
expensive professional unit. I noticed the rigid model at home depot has
what they call a "super fine" finish and it cuts at 66 CPI. The dewalt 12.5"
list it's as having one of the finest fishes available in a portable planer
and it cuts at 96 CPI and then there is the dewalt 13" dual feed speed which
has 96 and 176 CPI. The delta 2 speed has 60 or 90. Anyone know what the
Ryobi model (Metabo & King are identical) is rated at? It is not listed on
there website. I want something that will produce a finish that will not
need a lot of sanding afterwards. Is the dewalt the best in this price
range. Thanks for any opinions.
A friend of mine just bought the DeWalt last month. We put it through
its paces and IMHO, that is one fine machine. The 176 speed produces a
board like glass. The thing that impressed me the most (besides the
planed finish) is the blade mechanism. DeWalt offers an automatic
blade replacement procedure that doesn't require any measuring or
adjusting, its magic. And the blades are something like $50. If
you've ever bent over a planer of jointer for hours adjusting blades...
you'll appreciate DeWalt's solution. Slick!
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I've got hundreds of board feet through a DeWalt 733, which has
evolved into the 734.
I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
I'd also be happy with the Makita, DW735, the Delta $350 unit, the
Rigid, and several others.
I've had a DeWalt 735 for about 10 months--bought it at Lowes for about
$480 (the price has gone up to $500 since). I've been using the 176CPI
setting exclusively, and it does indeed produce a "board with surface
like glass." Even heavily figured flame or quilt maple comes thru
without tear-out. Excellent machine, would recommend it to anyone.
Not my first choice (needed a new planer in a hurry) but I have the Delta 2
speed and it performs as expected and has some good features.
Sanding is a must, even at the finish speed.
Hope that helps!
My favorite way to finish a surface is with a hand plane.
Joint & thickness on machines, then one or two passes with a sharp
plane, and you've got a perfect surface for finishing.
This method is very fast, inexpensive, quiet, and dust free.
I still sand, but only when I really have to.
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