Planers - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
Forum Contributor
 
xplorx4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Jerry
Posts: 10,671
 
Default Planers

I am looking to replace my planer, just too hard on it I guess. Every piece of wood that goes through my shop does so by way of my planner. I need something reasonable in price say 500.00+/-, more minus than plus!! I am looking at the DeWalt 735 and 734 along with the Ridgid 12 All three have three blades and that is what I would prefer getting. Any suggestions? The little Wilton has done a great job and for the price it has been outstanding it is just that it is begining to protest to the heavy use, like taking 5/4 down to 3/4 or less on every board, well you can imagin!!

Wisdom: Where experience and knowledge combine and become one.

"We are all one decision away from Stupid!!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

I have a very good memory, just short is all.
xplorx4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 05:16 AM
Retired Moderator
 
Bob N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Bob
Posts: 5,688
     
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xplorx4 View Post
The little Wilton has done a great job and for the price it has been outstanding it is just that it is begining to protest to the heavy use, like taking 5/4 down to 3/4 or less on every board, well you can imagin!!
Jerry,

You are wasting wood as well as abusing what a planer is made to do. Think about getting that bandsaw first so you can resaw the 5/4 into a 3/4 and 1/2 (+/-). Much less work on the planner and double the use of your boards. I hope to be in touch by tomorrow

Last edited by Bob N; 04-08-2010 at 05:30 AM.
Bob N is offline  
post #3 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:02 AM
Forum Contributor
 
AxlMyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 3,165
   
Default

I have to agree with Bob. That is too much to expect out of a lunchbox.
Re-saw it baby. That's the way to go. A Diablo circ saw blade in the TS, then a bandsaw is a great way to do it. The Diablo is a real thin kerf blade so it doesn't take much wood out.
Diablo 7 1/4 In. x 24 Tooth Framing Saw Blade - D0724R at The Home Depot

.
Never, under any circumstances, combine a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Mike - Retired FoMoCo Tradesman
My Gallery @ http://www.routerforums.com/axlmyks-stuff/
AxlMyk is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:03 AM
Registered User
 
BearLeeAlive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Jim
Posts: 165
   
Default

Both the DeWalt and Rigid perform well in that price range. I would give the nod to the DeWalt though. I have a friend who has it with a helical head (which would throw your budget out the door) and it performs great. Dust collection is quite good on it too.

If you are planing everything that goes through your shop, and it is a lot, then I would recommend watching for a good used 2-3HP 220V, floor model one. Their potential life span is many times that of a benchtop planer. New 15" models start at $1,000, but I have seen some good used deals.

Resawing is a good idea for sure, it would save lots of planing and bags full of chips. If you plane one side, and use a good fence and blade on the bandsaw to resaw to +1/32", and then plane the cut surface, you will need minimal planing. However though, out of a 5/4 board, you will not likely get more than a fat 1/4" of usable board left over, all depending upon how straight the rough board is. Using this method with 8/4 stock, it works great.

Mike, I don't think you will be able to resaw very much with a 7 1/4" circular blade though.

JIM

Last edited by BearLeeAlive; 04-08-2010 at 07:10 AM.
BearLeeAlive is offline  
post #5 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:22 AM
Marine Engineer
 
kp91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Doug
Posts: 4,654
 
Default

Jerry,

I've had Ridgid for a little while now, and it's done a great job thus far. It's planed a lot of Brazillian cherry and walnut with no complaints.

Keep an eye open at the store, they have open box specials on it from time to time, saving up to $100, yet still with the warranty.

Doug
1 John 1:9
Fredericksburg, VA




http://disasterreliefeffort.org/
kp91 is online now  
post #6 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:44 AM
Registered User
 
Ghidrah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Ronald
Posts: 1,466
 
Default

Xplorx4,
Considered resizing 3/4 to 23/32 or 11/16

I wish I had something to offer regarding new planers, my portable is 20 and my shop floor planer is 7.

Never bite the hand that looks dirty!
The more you know the more you're worth
Ghidrah is offline  
post #7 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 07:47 AM
Forum Contributor
 
AxlMyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 3,165
   
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BearLeeAlive View Post
Mike, I don't think you will be able to resaw very much with a 7 1/4" circular blade though.
The circ blade makes the initial cuts on each edge. The bandsaw finishes it. Makes it much easier running it through the BS. Then you plane the kerf out of it.

.
Never, under any circumstances, combine a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Mike - Retired FoMoCo Tradesman
My Gallery @ http://www.routerforums.com/axlmyks-stuff/
AxlMyk is offline  
post #8 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 08:06 AM
Registered User
 
drasbell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Rick
Posts: 515
 
Default

all of my stock is 5/4 and to work it down to 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, I will always re saw ether with the band-saw or table-saw or both, I have a old ryobi 10" planer with a 2 knife head,
and it wont handle a lot this Christmas I'm gonna buy a new planer form Grizzly
G0453 15" Planer I have until then to get 220 power routed in the shop...
drasbell is offline  
post #9 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
Forum Contributor
 
xplorx4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Jerry
Posts: 10,671
 
Default

Thank you all for your insights, you all have confirmed my suspicion that I really need the band saw first and baby the Wilton planer for as long as possible. This being the case, recommendations on band saws in the 400.00-600.00 range?

Wisdom: Where experience and knowledge combine and become one.

"We are all one decision away from Stupid!!"

Lamentations 3:22-23

"How often we sacrifice the permanent plans of God on the altar of immediate solutions"

I have a very good memory, just short is all.
xplorx4 is offline  
post #10 of 60 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 08:31 AM
Marine Engineer
 
kp91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Doug
Posts: 4,654
 
Default

Jerry,

This is mine, of course it was only $375 when I snagged it, and I picked it up so no freight, but it's been a fine tool.

G0555 The Ultimate 14" Bandsaw


If you need one cheap, I think Bob N has figured out how to breed them.....

http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...ng-double.html

Doug
1 John 1:9
Fredericksburg, VA




http://disasterreliefeffort.org/
kp91 is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RBI Planers Parts? stlcountry923 Tools and Woodworking 2 07-28-2009 08:03 PM
Planers boxer Tools and Woodworking 18 11-20-2006 02:12 AM
Portable Planers saltysteele Tools and Woodworking 8 02-05-2005 04:37 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome