Michael, which thickness planer you buy should be based on your needs. The DeWalt has been top rated in magazine testing, but it also comes with a top rated price. Ask yourself how much lumber are you going to re size? Most home woodworkers will own a 6 or 8" jointer, so even a 12" thickness planer should cover your needs. To give you a reference point I own a Delta TP-305 which is a 12-1/2" model. HarrySin owns a similar model with a different number in Australia. We have both been pleased with the results. I paid $200 for mine and got a $25 gift card from Rockler, so it is fair to say I spent $175 for it. The last I checked this is about $300 less than the DeWalt. The Delta does not come with a dust collection chute, that was $25 extra and extremely important. When you run either a jointer or a thickness planer you need dust collection to keep the machines from clogging, not to mention the amount of clean up time you will save. I suggest using one of the cyclone lids on a 30 gallon trash can to separate the bulk of the dust and provide protection for your vacuum in case any solids get sucked up. 4 hours of running a jointer or thickness planer will fill the 30 gallon can. Now you have a bit more information to help with your decision.
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Last edited by Mike; 05-03-2009 at 10:14 AM.