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Does anyone have any views on portable planer thicknessers, please? DeWalt look quite good although some of the imports seem a lot less.

If I went for a secondhand DW would it be a better bet than a new import?

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I have the DW735 and like it very much. The 735 seems to be the best of all the so called portable planers as far as in the mag. comparisons. I would really love to have the "spiral" cutter heads that Grizzly sells, but can't afford the upgrade right now.

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DW735. No doubt about it.

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Does anyone have any views on portable planer thicknessers, please? DeWalt look quite good although some of the imports seem a lot less.

If I went for a secondhand DW would it be a better bet than a new import?

Any thoughts welcomed !

Cheers

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Hi Peter:

I have the SteelCity 13". Snipe is driving me nuts. In all fairness though, I plane a lot of softwoods and the planer could be setup for hardwoods. But, when I went to the supplier and compared the machines, the DW735 was a different colour and a few things moved around a bit but it was identical to the 12.5/13" SteelCity/Delta/Jet/Grizzly/King/Ridgid and a bunch of other brands. I haven't been able to track the manufacturer but I'm sure it is in Taiwan somewhere. No matter how carefully I study these planers, none seem to be snipe-free. It is only when you go to the heavier machines that things _might_ get better.

I've even replaced the in and out-feed tables and the planer table with no improvement.

I've been trying to find instructions on how to adjust roller pressure and other adjustable aspects of these planers to no avail.

There is something that you should consider. The SteelCity philosophy is to offer identical product to the Delta but with a few additional features. You might explore what is available in your area.

Good luck. I hope this gives you a bit of insight.

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But, when I went to the supplier and compared the machines, the DW735 was a different colour and a few things moved around a bit but it was identical to the 12.5/13" SteelCity/Delta/Jet/Grizzly/King/Ridgid and a bunch of other brands.
Umm, how is the DW735 identical to the others? It's a one-of-a-kind design.
http://www.dewalt.com//ProductImages.../7/DW735_1.jpg
http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com/pr...00_closeup.jpg
Perhaps you're thinking of the DW734.
http://www.dewalt.com//ProductImages.../7/DW734_1.jpg

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Pete I have one of the older models DW 733 and I love it. I know that the 734 is another great one and the 735 if the catilac of all Dewalt thicknessers.

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I've had a Delta 12.5" for about nine years and am completely happy with it, set up correctly, there is no snipe and the double edged blades take only a few minutes to change and are self positioning,so no fiddling is involved.

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I have the Dewalt 735 and absolutely love it. I would highly recommend it> I purchased the Wixey thickness gage and it is also awesome

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Peter, the advantage of the DeWalt 734 and 735, is the cutterhead lock. I believe one of the Delta portables also has this feature. This keeps the head from "jumping" as the stock enters and exits. I had the cheap ($240) Delta, and had to run stock 8" longer than needed. Because I had to cut 4" off each end when done. Now with the 734 I get no snipe at all. I have an issue of Wood magazine where they tested portable planers. They actually rated the 734 as having less snipe than the 735. Only because they test them as they come out of the box. The 734 comes with large in and outfeed tables. With the 735 they have to be purchased separately, so they tested without.

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Thanks guys. It's a 733 that I'm looking at. It seems to have resharpenable blades and was made in Italy. Rusty's comment about the infeed and outfeed tables being an extra may be an issue. The 733S seems to come with them as well as a stand.

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