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Hi, guys.

I want to improve my power tool kit by adding a thickness planer to my shop. I have been lurking at Lowe's, Menard, HF and the web, of course.
Before to make a decision Iīd like to hear your opinions regarding this topic.Take into consideration that my job is for hobby purposes, until now.
A mid range of prices is considered. Brand new or used machines can be considered.
Thanking you in advanced for all your comming suggestions.

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Dewalt 735x. Best little planer I've owned.
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Hi Alexis. No advice on planers. The one I have was a gift from a friend when he upgraded to a larger model. I've had it for years and still works fine.

However, if you don't find a planer, there is an option. Do a search using a search phrase of thickness sander plans, or something similar. You will find a bunch of plans on making them. Never used one myself, but from all reports they work, and quite well, and don't cost a fortune to make. Best I can come up with.
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Add another vote for the DeWalt 735. It's a great little machine.

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A thicknesser is a great tool to have..... maybe once every 6 months.
At least thats what I find. I doubt if I use mine more than two or three times a year. Only if I have to buy very rough sawn planks.
But when you DO need it, it saves a lot of time. Yesterday i used mine on a plank of walnut that was so badly sawn I had to take 3 mm off each side just to see the grain and find the knot holes.
So you need to decide if you want to spend the money for something not used all that much.
One other thing to take note of, its far and away the loudest machine I have. It makes the table saw sound like an electric car going past. If you have neighbour noise problems, this will make it 10 times worse.
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I'm a 735 fan too. Pretty expensive. The lunch box planers are a decent alternative for the occasional user, but you want a 3 bladed one, not just two. For occasional use, HSS blades are fine. If you get a chip, you can move one blade slightly and it will go away. Just don't put knots through the darn thing. Some of those knots will damage the blades.
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Hi Alexis. No advice on planers. The one I have was a gift from a friend when he upgraded to a larger model. I've had it for years and still works fine.

However, if you don't find a planer, there is an option. Do a search using a search phrase of thickness sander plans, or something similar. You will find a bunch of plans on making them. Never used one myself, but from all reports they work, and quite well, and don't cost a fortune to make. Best I can come up with.
To the recent past I have had no problems with the use of thickness planer but, recently the workshops near by my home have been closed due to the situation in my country.
Since i am here in USA I have had some conversations with the attendants at the above mentioned hardware stores. I knew that there are three DeWalt models for thickness planer (734, 735 and 735X) and I checked their pros and cons via internet. Mathias Wandelīsīcomparission was helpful. I also checked other brands.
Now Theo suggested a DIY machine. This could represent a saving for S&H costs that I have not considered. This can also be an interesting project taking into consideration that I have two 3/4 hp motors at home.
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I'm in the Dewalt 735 camp too. The X gives you outfeed tables and a set of xtra blades.

I have a 2 hp Leeson motor here that has less than an hour of use on it.
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I've had no issues with my Cutech 40600HC-CT found here and on Amazon. https://www.cutechtool.com/13-Planer...40600hc-ct.htm https://www.amazon.com/Cutech-40600H.../dp/B01B78VUSE

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I'm in the Dewalt 735 camp too. The X gives you outfeed tables and a set of xtra blades.

I have a 2 hp Leeson motor here that has less than an hour of use on it.
Rockler has the 735X including mobile table on sale for $649 plus extra shipping charge of $50 for a total of $699.

Amazon has the 735X for $530 not including table. Table is another $170 for a total of $600.

In my 62 years of woodworking I've never owned a planer but want one badly!! If I order from Amazon, my wife will see the order, so I will likely have my daughter order for me.
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