I'm in the market to get a thickness planner. I'll be using it for
hobbyist woodworking projects. I'm intending to get it from either
Home Depot or Lowes, as both are local and convieninet. After
reading a variety of posts on this group about various people's bad
experiences with getting stuff shipped--I'm not interested in going
So, given what's available at the two home center super stores, I
seem to have a choice of a Dewalt DW735 which goes for about
$500, perhaps a Dewalt DW734 (not sure on the price), a Ryobi
AP1300 for about $250 or possibly something made by Delta.
I think it's down to either the Dewalt DW735 or the Ryobi AP1300.
I've read a number of posts here recently that seem to indicate
Delta's stuff ain't too hot. I own other pieces of equipment made
by both Dewalt and Ryobi and both companies' tools seem to do the
job, and I have no complaints with either manufacturer.
Other than price, the big difference between the two seems to be the
Dewalt DW735 has two feed speeds that allow switching between 96 or
179 CPI (presumably this means Cuts Per Inch).
I've been impressed with the quality of the Dewalt equipment I already
own and wouldn't mind spending the extra dollars if the DW735 is of
significantly better quality, precision, and the feed speed is a
significant feature over what I'd be able to do with the Ryobi.
So, any opions or experiences with either tool would be most
appreciated. Also alternate suggestions would be appreciated--as long
as it doesn't involve shipping.