I'm considering my next tool purchase (after a dust collector) and I'm decided to either upgrade my TS or buy a planer.
My TS is a Sears 10" model, bought it 2 1/2 years ago, before I became more serious about WW. Using a thin-kerf blade has helped, but, the fence leaves a lot to be desired, doesn't have a very large cutting surface and is top heavy. But, it does cut wood.
Planers... FWIW, I use mostly Red and White Oak on projects to be stained or Poplar for those that are to be painted, however I'd like to start using Cherry and mahogany.
I buy most of my wood S2S or S3S, currently paying $3.25 - $3.90 bf for ROak, however it ranges from 3/4" to 13/16" thickness. Since, I also glue-up a lot of panel and passing them though a planer would also be very useful.
I just found a nearby source of kiln dried rough cherry for srounf $3.00 bf.
That all said...... is a new planer the better choice? I've read a lot of reviews and the Dewalt DW735 is the current top dog Amazon has recond units for $300. very tempting... Any other units under $350 worth considering?
What woods are the worst on blades? Average blade life?
How much wood would you need to be surfacing per year to may this cost effective?
ThankX All, Ron