The newest edition of WOOD magazine issue 196 March 2010 has a shop test of benchtop planers on page 56. I've been loosing sleep lately over which planer I should buy. And I live within a 2 mile radius from a Home Depot and a Lowes. I'm considering that either the Dewalt or Ridgid can be bought at HD off of the same shelf in the same store. The DW735 came in top review above all others, and then the Ridgid 4330 second. The other top number 1 was Makita, but that's not available for cash and carry anywhere I can find near me.
But otherwise, does anyone have any experience with the blade changing on either of these 2 units ? I'm a bit concerned about the life expectancy of having to replace 3 blades at over $50 after every 100 board feet. Thanks.
I tell this story frequently. I had occasion to work on a project that involved the typesetting industry. We had developed a new product and the industry was in transition and we thought, with the right push, it would be a very valid product. We contacted the dominant periodical of the day and we were told that if we wanted a review it would cost $X,000, if the review was to be positive it would be $XX,000, and a full spread with photos would be substantially more.
Magazines frustrate the hell out of me. They charge money for us to read advertisements for which they've been paid. Talk about getting paid at both ends and they're complaining that they can't make money. It's like a Celine Dion TV show, you watch the ads to watch an ad. And, don't think that they didn't get paid to write those articles in the first place.
Now, onto planers :-) There is another thread somewhere wherein I expound on the similarities between planers. I would think 50 bd ft to be a bit low a blade performance number. But, you could be right. I plane a lot of rough-cut softwoods and after two years I've not changed a blade. It's coming soon, though, I can feel it. However, I did do a quick blade test when I returned my first planer and on the SteelCity version, it was a drop in, align the holes, tighten the clamps and away we go, that simple.
BTW, I've been taking a look at the DW735 and although it looks different than everything else, it sure looks like the same motor and cutting head that is on my old SteelCity. The new SteelCity has a helix cutting head, a vast improvement over the DeWalt.