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 that route.
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.
: http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productIDY35 : http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productIDY34 : http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/tool/ap1300/