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Derik Mittag
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May 6th, 2018 at 11:31am
 
Hey folks, anyone recommend a planer? I have mesquite slabs I want to make into lumber for some tables I'm working on.

I was looking at the Dewalt planer, considering the reviews and price. Anyone have another suggestion?
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Reply #1 - May 6th, 2018 at 12:11pm
 
If I were to buy one today I would probably go with the Dewalt 735X.
I have an older Delta and am very pleased with it and would normally go with the newer version of the same thing but the new version is already a few years old.
The Dewalt gets very good reviews from most sources although from what I've read, you should immediately purchase additional blades as the provided blades don't seem very good. If you're cutting Mesquite you may dull a set quickly.

I didn't mean to suggest the most expensive one, it just worked out like that.
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Reply #2 - May 6th, 2018 at 12:20pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on May 6th, 2018 at 12:11pm:
If I were to buy one today I would probably go with the Dewalt 735X.
I have an older Delta and am very pleased with it and would normally go with the newer version of the same thing but the new version is already a few years old.
The Dewalt gets very good reviews from most sources although from what I've read, you should immediately purchase additional blades as the provided blades don't seem very good. If you're cutting Mesquite you may dull a set quickly.

I didn't mean to suggest the most expensive one, it just worked out like that.


I noticed that too, about the blades. No worries about suggesting the most expensive, it's the one I had in mind anyhow.
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Reply #3 - May 6th, 2018 at 6:08pm
 
My opinion is that you would be hard pressed to get a better bench top planer than the DW735. I have one of the original ones and have not one complaint. A solid performer from day one and I do not even remember how many years I have had the machine.

I got a package deal back when that came with the rolling stand and infeed and outfeed tables.

Was out in the garage/shop today making 1/4" thick maple stock for a model 28 Chevy pickup I am working on. My knives need reversing right now. I am leaving numerous tracks in the boards. Easily sanded out but a bother for me to have to do it. I do not remember what I must have last run through the planer but it sure did a job on my knives.

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Reply #4 - May 6th, 2018 at 7:19pm
 
You can get carbide knives/blades for this planer if you need/want to
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Reply #5 - May 7th, 2018 at 11:07am
 
Robert Hayward wrote on May 6th, 2018 at 6:08pm:
My opinion is that you would be hard pressed to get a better bench top planer than the DW735. I have one of the original ones and have not one complaint. A solid performer from day one and I do not even remember how many years I have had the machine.

I got a package deal back when that came with the rolling stand and infeed and outfeed tables.

Was out in the garage/shop today making 1/4" thick maple stock for a model 28 Chevy pickup I am working on. My knives need reversing right now. I am leaving numerous tracks in the boards. Easily sanded out but a bother for me to have to do it. I do not remember what I must have last run through the planer but it sure did a job on my knives.

Bob


That's a good review. I'll start saving up for it.
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Reply #6 - May 7th, 2018 at 11:08am
 
Ed Weber wrote on May 6th, 2018 at 7:19pm:
You can get carbide knives/blades for this planer if you need/want to


Considering I'll be planing nothing but mesquite with it, occasionally oak or pine, carbide blades seem like a good option
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Reply #7 - May 7th, 2018 at 11:43am
 
Not cheap for a set (3 knives) but probably worth it considering what you're planing.
I've seen the price (quality?) vary wildly, from about $125-$225.
I have heard good reviews about the Infinity brand on other forums but again, they seem to be the most expensive.
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Reply #8 - May 7th, 2018 at 12:30pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on May 7th, 2018 at 11:43am:
Not cheap for a set (3 knives) but probably worth it considering what you're planing.
I've seen the price (quality?) vary wildly, from about $125-$225.
I have heard good reviews about the Infinity brand on other forums but again, they seem to be the most expensive.


Well, get what you pay for. Thank you for the information.
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