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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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My son wants to help out my shop with a fairly major purchase of a planer. I currently have a DeWalt 733 and a Ridgid and will sell those. I am looking at the DeWalt 735, Steel City 40300H helical or the Steel City 40200H Spiral cutter.

I am looking for advise, the 735 is familiar too me but I have heard good things about the other two plus would one type cutter be superior to the other? Comments will be welcome.

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About a year ago Fine Woodworking had a tool test and the Dewalt came out on top.

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Jerry, Harry and I both use the Delta TP300. I never use boards wider than 12" so it covers my needs. While I do not have specific knowledge of the Steel City planers I can tell you my Steel City bandsaw was by far the best value to be found. I have yet to hear a complaint about any of their products. I look forward to hearing what you decide.

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Hey Jerry,
My Delta 22-590 does everything I need.
Other folks really like their Dewalt and I've heard nothing bad about the Rigid.
For my $$, Helical blades are not a requirement. But, I don't plane a lot of wild grained wood, either.

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I have the 735 and have no problems with it at all. The two speeds give a near perfect finish, changing the blades couldn't be easier and the chip extraction eliminates the need for any other vacuum.
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Hello Jerry! What a Great thought! I still have the same one, Dewalt 833, and it well be the one and only, Just great to hear what Your Son wants to do! Have a Wonderful Christmas !

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