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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-28-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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hello all, hope every one had a good holiday. I am looking for every ones thoughts on wood planers. I got my grandfathers planer when he passed away it was a craftmens planer that he bought from sears back in 1985. I went out to the shop to do some wood working and to get away from in laws. I ran a rough board of maple threw the planer, it went threw good the first time but the second pass the old girl started to vibrate really bad and it was taking chunks out of my wood. After doing a very in depth inspection I found were the side with my adjustment wheel was that it had cracked away from the base of the machine causing every thing to move up and down. I was looking at dewalt, ridged, jet and a couple others. I was told to stay away from the wood planers from Canadian tire. Also I was told to get a planer with a spiral cutter head. Can you guys offer me some good advice on what to get. do i look at one with 2 or 3 straight knives, or a spiral cutter head. Do i get a 2 speed planer.
Is it better to get a 13 inch one or one like i had from sears. Thanks for all your help.

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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-28-2014, 10:26 PM
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I have the Dewalt DW734. I don't have any experience with any of the other planers. Mine has worked well for me. I have planed everything from hard maple to soft white pine. It has performed well for me over the last two years. No helical head. Just the basic style of blades made for it.

I ruined one set of the cutters planing pallet boards. My bad.

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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 06:10 AM
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I believe the DW 735 with helical head has won all the ribbons lately.

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.
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Hi Colin,
I have a Canadian Tire 12.5 Planer and I get along just fine with it. I do a lot of oak, 6-10"and have no trouble. Just don't rush it . I can do 1/32 per pass quite easily. I've done probably 700 feet on the blades I purchased on line from Rockler. Set up is important and roll out stands are handy for the 6-8 foot boards but if you set up your roll out feed and roll out tables as shown, snipe is not a problem. Make sawdust.
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I agree with Marco. Get what you can afford. Do some online research I know the helix heads are nice but they are very expensive . The bits a not cheap. But now is the time to look for something with all the sale going on.Good Luck
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Colin, I agree with both Jim and Mike. I have a DW734 and am very happy with it. It's very accurate and leaves a finish that requires little or no sanding. I've shaved as little as 1/64" from a board and my digital caliper said that's exactly what it took.

You didn't tell us what types of projects you intend to do. I'm a hobbyist and the boards I run through the planner are usually hardwood both domestic and exotic. I've never used the entire 12 1/2" capacity and i usually only run one or two boards through at a time. I buy most of my wood online or at a big box store so it's smooth to begin with and relatively free of any major knots or metal.

If you intend to run a lot of rough cut and/or wide boards for big projects you may want to consider going with a larger machine. I use straight blades but one of the advantages of a helical head is that, if you nick one or more of the knives you can rotate them without having to change out an entire knife or whole set of knives. From what I've read, since I never used them, all helical heads are not created equal so, if you decide to go with one, do your research. They are very expensive compared to a set of straight knives so you want to make the best decision for the type of woodworking that you do.

After you make your decision, let us know what you decide and why. That info can help others in the Forum who are trying to make a similar decision.
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Hi Colin,
I also own a Mastercraft from Canadian Tire. I have had no problems with it.
I fully agree with getting the best you can afford, but it also depends on what you will do with it. I own many tools from Canadian Tire and have found most of them are fine for a hobbiest like myself. If you plan on using it frequently and for hours each time, then I would invest in higher quality. The spiral cutters are much more expensive, but you simply turn them for a fresh cutting surface. If you use your machine properly and don't hit nails or if you don't use it for glue removal, regular blades have worked for many people for many years. Good luck with your purchase.
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Dewalt with shilex helical head is what I have had for several years now. I love it! The only thing better IMHO would be a large commercial planer.
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