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Old 04-26-2017, 07:22 PM   #1
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Portable Planers....


Alright, so I have wanted one of these things for years and I think I am going to pull the trigger.

The few options I am looking at are

Used Delta 22-560 for $200 in excellent condition. Looks barely used.

New Porter Cable for $220 + tax
New DeWalt DW734 $#50 + tax.

Obviously the dewalt is the best, being a 3 blade vs the others as a two blade model. I really will use this thing very rarely so I don't want to go nuts if I don't really have to though.

Is the delta a decent machine? Is that a fair price for it or should I stick with the other two or a different one altogether?
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:37 PM   #2
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I haven't used a lunchbox planer in years. Used to have the delta & it done a decent job. No experience with the others.

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I've had the best luck with the Dewalt 735, woodcraft periodically gives the stand for free. The stand is actually pretty nice. 734 is a nice unit and much more portable. No matter what, don't have too much of an expectation of these portables, blades seem to not last that long before you got lines.


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I had a dewalt and loved it til it was stolen. I currently use a Delta I've had for ten years and it still works great and does a fine job. In the last year it has started making a god awful noise til that you can hear twenty miles away but stops once you put the wood in. I just use my ear muffs.

Edit: one thing I just remembered is that the blades for the Delta are not as easy to find anymore. I use to stroll into HD or Lowe's but they stopped carrying them. I haven't done research to find them online yet but I figure I'll just get another planer when I need the blades that bad. This story to be continued on the TBA thread.

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I have a Cutech spiral head planer, they have several models.

Have worked great for me for 2 years now. Each tip has 2 edges so they can be rotated or replaced individually.
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I have a Cutech spiral head planer, they have several models.

Have worked great for me for 2 years now. Each tip has 2 edges so they can be rotated or replaced individually.
On what planer? And how much did it run you?
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moving the dewalt 734 was brutal b/c of its weight-and that's when I was 10 years younger. Flip side is the weight helps when feeding large stock.
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I've got an old PC126. The cutter head on mine is new. It's an great tool.

Has the spiral cutter


Edit: Sorry gentlemen. I assumed a door planer.

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Well, technically it is portable.

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Are you going to be moving it around a lot? None of those can really handle much. There's no real beef to a lunchbox. Unless you're planing like window or door bucks on site. If you had to move it a lot I guess it makes sense but buying a mobile base for a big Hitachi 12 or 13" makes more sense. Occasionally you can find a decent 15" powermatic for the same price as the Dewalt 4 poster. I ran a 15 for a long time before moving to a 24".
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this does really depend on what your using it for .obviously the big dewalt has advantages in cutting . i have the makita lunch box[2012nb] . had two of them and for years they were my only thickness planer . blade change was easy . surface was great . i now have a large 15" with helical head in the shop that is way faster and obviously the helical head is killer .
but a lunch box is still a great tool to own . years ago when i got the makita it had the best reviews by far .cost a bit more also . have used a ridged and really liked it .have used several dewalts -did not like having the dumb snipe lock bar .Do the dewalts still have them ?
used a Delta ,built an outfeed table for it and snipe issue was gone .
lacking carbide blades they can dull fast on paint .
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The few options I am looking at are

Used Delta 22-560 for $200 in excellent condition. Looks barely used.

New Porter Cable for $220 + tax
New DeWalt DW734 $#50 + tax.

Obviously the dewalt is the best, being a 3 blade vs the others as a two blade model.
Makita makes a very good planer.
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Those Porter Cable 126, the best hand planer ever made in my opinion. Can you still get the blades?? Last I seen, nope!
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Those Porter Cable 126, the best hand planer ever made in my opinion. Can you still get the blades?? Last I seen, nope!


I was able to get a brand new one. Many years ago. I have two cutter heads. I believe they will get me to retirement, since I only use it for doors.


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I was able to get a brand new one. Many years ago. I have two cutter heads. I believe they will get me to retirement, since I only use it for doors.


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mine gathers dust .tracksaw does drs easier


To be honest, it's been years since I've cut a door to fit an opening, most are pre-hung these days.


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Reviving thread. I need to pick up a planer. Dewalt 734 vs 735 vs Ridgid?
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Out of those 3 the 735. I have then 734 and it is ok but not great.
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I still like my $500 Cutech which has a spiral cutter head
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I have the dewalt 735. Very rugged machine , it has handled much abuse from me and cuts nice .

Only drawback is weight, which is an advantage also .

Oh yeah , another drawback is pricey blades about $50 but , they are double edged

I bought this machine years ago when my other portable broke , in the middle of a job, and I wanted a more durable replacement . It has been very durable and handled everything Iíve thrown at it. At 100 lbs portable is a two man job , if you need to go any distance.

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