Sorry for the bad information on this n.g..
A lot of people here are very helpful but
lack the years of experience to have a
fully informed opinion.
As for a good small planer, my choice is
a Parks 15", or a Powermatic 15". Delta
also makes a good 13" planer. Always
buy a good quality cast iron unit. The portables
are really nothing more than toys and are
actually more expensive than a quality tool.
Poor quality planing, thin cut with many
repeated passes, sniping, and just wearing
out too soon make them a poor choice.
Instead of spending $350 for a portable, spend
$750 on a very nice used cast iron planer.
Long life, long duty cycle, and a good cut
make them a wise choice. When you're finished
with a portable, they are usually thrown away.
A cast iron planer can be resold for at least
what you paid for it.
The uninformed have always, without fail given
me grief for this stance, but my experience has
proven me correct. I no longer do the volume of
work I once produced but in spite of that I would
still choose the cast iron planer. Just good
While most of what you say is correct, remember that this is a recreation
group. The OP indicated that he had a 12" Jet for years, indicating that
his experience with his planer proves your opinion on life expectancy a moot
point. For making furniture 3 or 5 times a year as indicated by the OP a
stationary planer would most likely be a waste of money. I'd say that the
information or advice you are giving is neither worse or better than any one
else's. You apology of bad information on this news group on your part
seems to reek of arrogance.
Well, years of experience and a closed mindset make you tend to not
accept other points of view, and blind you to technological advances.
Care to substantiate that with hard evidence? If your only explanation
is that you've never had to use these "toys" because your "cast iron"
machines work so well, then you have made my point.
For example, what's so bad about a DW735 planer?
LOL! Wouldn't the OP be better off buying a new one then, if the used
one will cost at least what the old owner paid for it?
I suspect you problem is in the delivery of your message, not in the
message itself (who could argue with "buy as much quality as you can
afford"?). No one likes an old, closed-minded codger.
Sorry for the misinformation that sbt is handing out again. He's a real
maverick when it comes to planers. A "portable" planer like a Dewalt is
almost 100 lbs and very capable. He is woefully behind the times and
should be ignored. He is to cast planers what Rumpty is to RAS's. :)
The Dewalts don't give poor quality planing, or snipe. I've used my 733
for quite a few years and it's going strong.
For those of us scraping to get by, the DW735 is one _fine_ machine! (can
not imagine trying to convince SWMBO that we need to spend $750 to get a
_good_ planer.) Like most, I'd love to have a shop full of "big Iron" but
my shop, like my bank account simply is not big enough. Therefore, the 735
fits my needs perfectly.
No snipe, built in chip blower and a glass smooth finish for $450...what
more could I want? Oh yeah, forgot to mention, BOY is it ever yellow!!!
Well, I do get SOME snipe with mine: about 0.003" Not a big deal,
and it's easily sanded. But if you want to cut your 1" board into 1"
strips, then rotate the strips 90 degrees and join them back together
in breadboard fashion, then you have a problem at the ends. I plan to
do this for the tops of my Mission bedroom set, essentially converting
flatsawn lumber into quarter-sawn. The result is pleasing, and I look
forward to getting started. But because I wanted to essentially use
it as a jointer, I was hoping for "no snipe" when I bought my 735.
I have to agree with this. A solid cast iron planer is a must for any
woodworker. If you don't have one, you should not be in the hobby. Let's
face it a good shop needs good tools, so save up until you get about $15,000
to get started. Anything less is only going to buy useless junk.
To go with the planer, a DJ-30 12" jointer is the norm. Just about everone
here has that size, at leas the serious guys. The rest are a bunch of silly
guys that think they can get buy with wimpy 6" or 8" jointers. I hate to
bring it up to them, but I feel so bad when they waste their money on the
small stuff. I never buy lumber less than a food wide anywan. You just
never know when you will be called upon to make the wife an extra set of
shelves for the closet and if all you have is 8" mahogany, you'd have to
glue it up.
Hundreds of thousands or people bought some of the low end planers bcause
they only use them maybe once a month or so. Poor excuse to buy poorly made
tools. They'd have a lot more fun from the hobby if they had the right
eqpment. With the low interest rates on home equity loans today, there is
just no excuse to buy low end good.
As for table saws, you can find the 14" ones, but they are just not as
abundant as the 10" toys in the supply stores, Keep looking for that 7.5 HP
model with the three phase motor.
That's as about an arrogant statement as I've seen here. And learn how to
spell you arrogant ass. It's "everyone" and "least" and "by" and that's in
just one paragraph. There's over a dozen other errors in the rest. Your
assumed arrogance is highly overrated.
It is you that is the ass with no sense of humor. Please read the entire
post and take it in context and you will, hopefully, see that it is so
ludicrous that anyone with common sense can see it.
Get your head out of said ass. If you have followed my posts recently,
you'd know that I still do not have a jointer, let alone a 12" DJ-30
(although I did use one once.) When I do get one, it will be a 6", probably
'Tis you that is arrogant. So what if my spell checker did not work on that
post? I don't feel demeaned by my mediocre typing skills when applied to
a USENET group.
Nice try. There's too many idiots like you who throw around thinly veiled
insults under the guise of jokes and banter. Consider the joke returned to
you. And please understand Edwin, take this message as it's intended. It's
just a joke, I don't mean it, read between the lines, ok? How does it feel?
Well, then I missed it. Not the first time and it won't be the last.
Arrogant people drive me right up the tree and if Edwin was only joking
around, then I owe him an apology. I'll try to contain myself the next time.
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