I've been in the market for a new planer. I have made up my mind to go with a helical head instead of knives.
Now for the conundrum! I was waiting for Steel City to come out with their new 13" model, instead they go out of business...NO Steel City in my future.
The next question is, what to go with. There isn't much out there that really compared to the Steel City in price, quality and accuracy. I suspect I'll hear DeWalt 735. However, it would be low on any list that I would compile. It has been described as a "Money Pit" because of the knife issue. Why not add a helical head? It would almost double the price...the list goes on. Unless someone out there has any counter arguments (which I'm open to considering) the 735 is probably out.
So, what am I looking for? First, a small helical planer in the 13+" size. It doesn't have to be "portable" (are any of them really portable?) as it will reside on a dedicated cart or stand. I would prefer, however, to stay away from a "cabinet" type due to the weight. Second, it has to be reasonably priced, lets say, less than $1,000. Last, it has to be accurate, and have parts and serviceability available.
So, guys, what is out there? I trust the members opinions so don't be shy. If you have a candidate throw it on the table and let's discuss the pros and cons.
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