This seems like the best choice for the cash challenged. I've read a few of
the reviews and they all seem to have their problems. If I had my druthers
I'd purchase something with permanent blades, but that seems unlikely. I
like the DW735 for a $100 more, but then you have to add infeed/outfeed and
So are there any dissenters on this Planer and when is HD likely to have a
I've got one. It does a pretty good job. No complaints at all. I planed
about 300-400 BF of Quartersawn white oak making enough shavings to make a
nice bed and only just changed the blades out recently. It does a great job
and is light enough that I can move it around the garage to keep it tucked
away when not in use.
I looked at the DeWalt too but decided to use the $100.00 difference on wood
IMHO Go for it.
I've been abusing mine for about four or five years, without complaint.
Well, except for the board I ran through it that wasn't close to
parallel sides, and blew out a $4 sprocket. The hardest part of the
repair was waiting for Fed Ex to deliver the stuff in three days.
The 'disposable' blades are, but I have been rehoning mine with a block
of maple and 600 grit wet/dry, with pretty good results. Several
thousand board feet of red oak, soft maple, walnut, tanoak, cherry, etc.
through mine, and it's as good as new, for my tastes.
I wouldn't wait for a sale. I'd ask the tool manager to find me a nice
clean boxed fresh one, and buy a couple of sets of blades.
Instead of waiting for a sale, try to look for one of those seminars
where they give you a 10% off coupon. A lot of them are targeted to
women, so if you have a wife, that would be nice. Also, keep an eye
out for when they have those "open a credit card, get 10% off".. I
think they occasionally have a 10% off power tools sale around
Christmas on some years as well.
I have been looking at planer options for a while (this Ridgid, Dewalt
735, and Grizzly 15"x8" are my choices at this point), and have a
related question for you guys since many of you seem to like the Ridgid
I am going to plane some rough cut 4"x12" beams (hemlock or doug fir),
about 20-24 feet long. Not worried about the exact parallelness, but
want a smoother finish.
Would the less expensice Ridgid or Dewalt have the power to pull
something like that through the machine? I plan to use a jointer to
smooth the 4" sides.
I did some largish planks from western red cedar that we had cut with an
Alaskan chain saw mill. One of them was 'signigicantly less parallel'
than the others. That's what blew out my planer when it jammed. Would
likely have blown out almost anything else available, less than $1k,
too. I just had it set WAY to aggressively. (In other words, stupidly.)
Parts were under $15 including shipping, but three days away. 20
minute fix, because it was the first time for me.
The machine has the capability to do what you want to do. I've been
running 4"x9"x 8' old growth redwood, recycled from a bridge, through
mine, and it does just fine. Just take it at a reasonable pace, and
think things through. Just like any other project.
Thanks, I will pick up the Ridgid or a refurb Dewalt 735 and save the
other money for other stuff in the project, Toolking has the Dewalt
right now for $400, so the prices are very close and tempting.
Check for the blade prices and parts availability on the DeWalt. It's a
good machine, but built differently. If the 735 is a 3 bladed planer,
you have other issues to consider, too. Also check how 'thick' a piece
the DeWalt will do, and if that's enough for you.
And enjoy your project!
The Ridgid and the Dewalt both claim 13"x6" capacity, either would let
me run a rough sized 4x12. What are the issues with the 3-blade setup?
I was thinking it would produce a smoother finish, are changeouts a
I don't HAVE a DeWalt, although some of the club members do, as does one
of my similarly addicted neighbors. The DeWalt is reputed to be a fine
When a 2 bladed planer can have its blades swapped for much less per
edge than a 3 bladed planer, then the running economics have to be
reexamined. That's all I was trying to say.
Take a look at the archives (Google Groups) on the DeWalt. There was
some, reputedly temporary, problem with the tool, IIRC. I didn't pay
that much attention. IF I replace this tool, and I don't currently plan
on it, it will be with a heavier, 240V beast.
Make your choice based on your situation, and have at your project.
After a while, the differences in a competitive market grow pretty
I see what you mean now. Yes, I still need to go see what new parts
cost for both of them. Thanks for the tip.
I was reading yesterday about the gear that was breaking, guess that is
sorted out now though.
Those heavy beasts of a planer look very nice, but I am not so sure
that I NEED one much more than I need one of these smaller, half price
models. I think I need another tool more than a huge planer.
Thanks for sharing your info,
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