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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Last night, after going out to a nice Valentines day dinner, we ended up in Lowes. While wandering around I spotted a DeWalt planer on clearance for $300. My wife said, I should get as a Valentine gift (I got her a nice opal and sapphire ring). Well after spending quite awhile looking for some help, we were told it was the last one. And was on 24 hour hold for someone, so we left without it. But when we got home I called a Lowes thats about 25 miles in the opposite direction. They were about to close and connected me with their tool guy who was in the back getting ready to punch out. He said he would run and check if they had one(I could here him running on the phone). He found the planer,said it was the last one,so I put it on a 24 hour hold and picked it up this morning. It's the DW734 with a 3 knife locking cutterhead. I'm expecting it to do a lot better job than the cheap Delta I have now.

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congrats Rusty on your find. Hope you enjoy it immensely.




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Good find my friend good find. That should meet your needs for some time I would think.

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I noticed the same DW at the local Lowes this past weekend as I was shopping for a new Drill Press. I personally do not have experience with that model, however, I noticed the trim carpenters on a jobsite I was on this summer using it and they had nothing but praise for the device. Granted, the most green of their crew had been doing this for about 8 years, and given the quality of their work, probably could have made two rocks and a sharp stick do the job for em.
They were planing a good quantity of 8/4 oak that was pretty rough to start with, and achieving great results with the quickness.
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Got the new planer on the stand this past weekend. The old one is going on Craigslist. Ran some poplar through it, surface feels like glass,and snipe is basically non- existent out of the box. My helper likes to sweep the chips when I'm done,but doesn't really pick them up.
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hi Rusty,

i have the dw 733 planer. i did like you and got the display when it was being closed out. it looks just like yours except is black where yours is silver. its a super nice planer and i know you will enjoy it. i did buy some ear protectors for it. that thing will hurt your ears. enjoy your new planer!

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Aren't new tools fun? It takes you back to when you were a kid. If I remember back far enough when I was real young I had to take the new toy to bed with me to make it mine, kind of a Honey Moon thing I think---I remember the last time I did that and I think that is why I don't do that any more!!

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Congratulations on your new planer.. Looks great.
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Uh, Rusty . . . Aren't you supposed to hand out e-cigars or something when you get a new machine?

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Hey! I have an old portable Delta 12" planer (model 22-540) for about 17 yrs. I've made one adjustment to it in all those years. My thickness gauge always agrees with the depth setting for both sides of the board.

My only gripe is the snipe but I get the same thing from the JPM13 floor model. Nothing I've tried to date has lessened or removed the snipe.

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