Lunch box planer test
I just got my latest copy of FWW and there was a new portable planer test in it which is a little surprising since the last one they did wasn't all that long ago. No surprise at the winner. The DW 735X came in at the top again but 2nd place was a little surprising. Best value was the Ridgid R4331 at almost $300 cheaper. So if the DW is at the top of your tool allowance the Ridgid just might be the machine for you at under $400.The DW 734 was also very good and only slightly more than the Ridgid.
Ones that did very poorly were no surprise either being the Craftsman, Delta, Grizzly, General, both Rikons, and the Triton. The Makita was in the middle of the pack. The General 30-060HC and the Rikon25-130H were as much or more money than the DW 735 (by $50 for the General) and had segmented heads but that didn't seem to help them any. The Grizz was the cheapest at $285 but for about another $80 you can go from back of the pack to #2 so it doesn't make sense.
Most of the machines bringing up the rear bear some striking similarities to each other and are likely made in the same factory. Only the 2 DW machines came with the planing heads parallel to the beds. All the other ones needed adjustment as did my King 16" when I bought it so this should one of the first things anyone should check before you start planing something valuable.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Last edited by Cherryville Chuck; 03-01-2016 at 01:31 PM.