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RodB
10-21-2004, 12:58 AM
I have been contemplating getting a planer and joiner the past few months and recently saw the new 13 inch Rigid model with a steel stand for $349 at Home Depot. This is a hefty tool and seems to be a lot of tool for the money, IF it stands up and does a good job.

I have mostly been considering the Dewalt 735. Has anyone had a chance to use this planer or does anyone have any pertinent info on the quality of the Home Depot Rigid power tools like this. I still have not been able to find out where their tools are made.

Any recommendations on planers in the price range of around $500 or less (and also joiners) are welcomed.

RB

[ 12-20-2004, 07:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-21-2004, 12:58 AM
I have been contemplating getting a planer and joiner the past few months and recently saw the new 13 inch Rigid model with a steel stand for $349 at Home Depot. This is a hefty tool and seems to be a lot of tool for the money, IF it stands up and does a good job.

I have mostly been considering the Dewalt 735. Has anyone had a chance to use this planer or does anyone have any pertinent info on the quality of the Home Depot Rigid power tools like this. I still have not been able to find out where their tools are made.

Any recommendations on planers in the price range of around $500 or less (and also joiners) are welcomed.

RB

[ 12-20-2004, 07:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-21-2004, 12:58 AM
I have been contemplating getting a planer and joiner the past few months and recently saw the new 13 inch Rigid model with a steel stand for $349 at Home Depot. This is a hefty tool and seems to be a lot of tool for the money, IF it stands up and does a good job.

I have mostly been considering the Dewalt 735. Has anyone had a chance to use this planer or does anyone have any pertinent info on the quality of the Home Depot Rigid power tools like this. I still have not been able to find out where their tools are made.

Any recommendations on planers in the price range of around $500 or less (and also joiners) are welcomed.

RB

[ 12-20-2004, 07:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

warthog5
10-21-2004, 01:13 PM
I have the Dewalt and could not be happier. My neighbor has a 12in Delta. I think it's a piece of crap.
Sure I spent more money on the 13in Dewalt. The Dewalt has a seperate motor just to blow chips and man does it blow them if the deflector is not on.
With the feed slowed down and the knife speed up this baby will polish the wood.

I have built a special stand with a drop down In & Outfeed table. With this design I can roll it out on the driveway and it doesn't matter if the driveway is uneven. I just blow the chips in the yard. :D

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pfad0ad1c9bb0ae13421625fb37c65b0b/fa422554.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p3eb6c149a587fee39a8cbf83fcbfbc64/fa422549.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p77bcfb7788139e2077d92c5ba52bd5ab/fa42088e.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pe986b7d925c43b99366aac386bac89e4/fa42088a.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/padb010469899fe88dcc4b68fb79dfb02/fa420888.jpg

[ 10-21-2004, 02:15 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

warthog5
10-21-2004, 01:13 PM
I have the Dewalt and could not be happier. My neighbor has a 12in Delta. I think it's a piece of crap.
Sure I spent more money on the 13in Dewalt. The Dewalt has a seperate motor just to blow chips and man does it blow them if the deflector is not on.
With the feed slowed down and the knife speed up this baby will polish the wood.

I have built a special stand with a drop down In & Outfeed table. With this design I can roll it out on the driveway and it doesn't matter if the driveway is uneven. I just blow the chips in the yard. :D

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pfad0ad1c9bb0ae13421625fb37c65b0b/fa422554.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p3eb6c149a587fee39a8cbf83fcbfbc64/fa422549.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p77bcfb7788139e2077d92c5ba52bd5ab/fa42088e.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pe986b7d925c43b99366aac386bac89e4/fa42088a.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/padb010469899fe88dcc4b68fb79dfb02/fa420888.jpg

[ 10-21-2004, 02:15 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

warthog5
10-21-2004, 01:13 PM
I have the Dewalt and could not be happier. My neighbor has a 12in Delta. I think it's a piece of crap.
Sure I spent more money on the 13in Dewalt. The Dewalt has a seperate motor just to blow chips and man does it blow them if the deflector is not on.
With the feed slowed down and the knife speed up this baby will polish the wood.

I have built a special stand with a drop down In & Outfeed table. With this design I can roll it out on the driveway and it doesn't matter if the driveway is uneven. I just blow the chips in the yard. :D

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pfad0ad1c9bb0ae13421625fb37c65b0b/fa422554.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p3eb6c149a587fee39a8cbf83fcbfbc64/fa422549.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/p77bcfb7788139e2077d92c5ba52bd5ab/fa42088e.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/pe986b7d925c43b99366aac386bac89e4/fa42088a.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid93/padb010469899fe88dcc4b68fb79dfb02/fa420888.jpg

[ 10-21-2004, 02:15 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

Bruce Hooke
10-21-2004, 01:27 PM
In issue #160 of Fine Woodworking they reviewed these planers, so you might want dig up that issue. It's the "Tools & Shops" issue from the winter of 2002-2003...

I took a quick look and both the Rigid and Dewalt were giving good reviews for planers in their price class. The reviewer seemed to like the new Delta and the Makita the best, but they are more expensive...

Bruce Hooke
10-21-2004, 01:27 PM
In issue #160 of Fine Woodworking they reviewed these planers, so you might want dig up that issue. It's the "Tools & Shops" issue from the winter of 2002-2003...

I took a quick look and both the Rigid and Dewalt were giving good reviews for planers in their price class. The reviewer seemed to like the new Delta and the Makita the best, but they are more expensive...

Bruce Hooke
10-21-2004, 01:27 PM
In issue #160 of Fine Woodworking they reviewed these planers, so you might want dig up that issue. It's the "Tools & Shops" issue from the winter of 2002-2003...

I took a quick look and both the Rigid and Dewalt were giving good reviews for planers in their price class. The reviewer seemed to like the new Delta and the Makita the best, but they are more expensive...

Steve Lansdowne
10-21-2004, 07:38 PM
Don't know about planers, but I keep reading how name brand tools are being built overseas and/or by companies that bought the name and aren't necessarily the same quality as they once were, when their reputations got started. In my book DeWalt has a much better reputation than Rigid, in general at least.

Steve Lansdowne
10-21-2004, 07:38 PM
Don't know about planers, but I keep reading how name brand tools are being built overseas and/or by companies that bought the name and aren't necessarily the same quality as they once were, when their reputations got started. In my book DeWalt has a much better reputation than Rigid, in general at least.

Steve Lansdowne
10-21-2004, 07:38 PM
Don't know about planers, but I keep reading how name brand tools are being built overseas and/or by companies that bought the name and aren't necessarily the same quality as they once were, when their reputations got started. In my book DeWalt has a much better reputation than Rigid, in general at least.

RodB
10-22-2004, 01:44 AM
Hey Warthog, thanks for the photos and the idea for a great cabinet for the planer. I have saved the pix for my files.

I just happened to get a look at that new Dewalt today and I think it looks significantly beefier than their past model plus it has three blades now. Without seeing it run I must say the construction and overall looks were impressive. The cost was $500 at Woodcraft, perhaps cheaper on line. The Rigid was only $350....

I will try to look at the review mentioned but I would not pay more than $500 so the others would be ruled out for that reason.

RB

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 02:47 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-22-2004, 01:44 AM
Hey Warthog, thanks for the photos and the idea for a great cabinet for the planer. I have saved the pix for my files.

I just happened to get a look at that new Dewalt today and I think it looks significantly beefier than their past model plus it has three blades now. Without seeing it run I must say the construction and overall looks were impressive. The cost was $500 at Woodcraft, perhaps cheaper on line. The Rigid was only $350....

I will try to look at the review mentioned but I would not pay more than $500 so the others would be ruled out for that reason.

RB

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 02:47 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-22-2004, 01:44 AM
Hey Warthog, thanks for the photos and the idea for a great cabinet for the planer. I have saved the pix for my files.

I just happened to get a look at that new Dewalt today and I think it looks significantly beefier than their past model plus it has three blades now. Without seeing it run I must say the construction and overall looks were impressive. The cost was $500 at Woodcraft, perhaps cheaper on line. The Rigid was only $350....

I will try to look at the review mentioned but I would not pay more than $500 so the others would be ruled out for that reason.

RB

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 02:47 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 08:00 AM
Hmmm...I'm not sure what's going on because these are some prices I am finding online. It looks like Delta has found ways to reduce the price on their planer, hopefully not by cutting quality! All of the prices below are from Amazon except the Rigid which I priced at Home Depot's website:

Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer: $302.49 (after $30 mail-in rebate)

DeWalt DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2" Thickness Planer with 3-Knife Cutter Head: $379.99 (note: the Fine Woodworking article reviewed the DW733, which I suspect has been replaced by the 735 and 735.)

DeWalt DW735 13" Thickness Planer: $499.00

Rigid 13 In. Thickness Planer Model TP1300LS (this price is from Home Depot): $349.00

Makita 2012NB 12" Portable Planer Kit: $449.99

What the article might also help you do is figure out what features are most important to you and which planers have them. For example, one feature used to rate the planers in the article was the dust collection port size, which may not matter that much if you do not have a dust collection system.

P.S. I've got an older Delta benchtop and the new Delta benchtop planer is definitely better than what I've got, as are most of the other good benchtop planers out there now, based on what I've seen. I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 08:00 AM
Hmmm...I'm not sure what's going on because these are some prices I am finding online. It looks like Delta has found ways to reduce the price on their planer, hopefully not by cutting quality! All of the prices below are from Amazon except the Rigid which I priced at Home Depot's website:

Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer: $302.49 (after $30 mail-in rebate)

DeWalt DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2" Thickness Planer with 3-Knife Cutter Head: $379.99 (note: the Fine Woodworking article reviewed the DW733, which I suspect has been replaced by the 735 and 735.)

DeWalt DW735 13" Thickness Planer: $499.00

Rigid 13 In. Thickness Planer Model TP1300LS (this price is from Home Depot): $349.00

Makita 2012NB 12" Portable Planer Kit: $449.99

What the article might also help you do is figure out what features are most important to you and which planers have them. For example, one feature used to rate the planers in the article was the dust collection port size, which may not matter that much if you do not have a dust collection system.

P.S. I've got an older Delta benchtop and the new Delta benchtop planer is definitely better than what I've got, as are most of the other good benchtop planers out there now, based on what I've seen. I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 08:00 AM
Hmmm...I'm not sure what's going on because these are some prices I am finding online. It looks like Delta has found ways to reduce the price on their planer, hopefully not by cutting quality! All of the prices below are from Amazon except the Rigid which I priced at Home Depot's website:

Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer: $302.49 (after $30 mail-in rebate)

DeWalt DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2" Thickness Planer with 3-Knife Cutter Head: $379.99 (note: the Fine Woodworking article reviewed the DW733, which I suspect has been replaced by the 735 and 735.)

DeWalt DW735 13" Thickness Planer: $499.00

Rigid 13 In. Thickness Planer Model TP1300LS (this price is from Home Depot): $349.00

Makita 2012NB 12" Portable Planer Kit: $449.99

What the article might also help you do is figure out what features are most important to you and which planers have them. For example, one feature used to rate the planers in the article was the dust collection port size, which may not matter that much if you do not have a dust collection system.

P.S. I've got an older Delta benchtop and the new Delta benchtop planer is definitely better than what I've got, as are most of the other good benchtop planers out there now, based on what I've seen. I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 08:28 AM
The DeWalt 735 that warthog5 has seems to be regarded as the best benchtop planer currently available. It gets rave reviews from users and magazine folks alike.

Rigid tools in general don't have a stellar reputation with the exception of the planer. The Rigid TP1300LS seems to consistently get very good marks for the job it does, how quiet it is and how fast it is to change out blades.

If money's no object, the DeWalt seems to be the machine to get but the Rigid appears to be a very good machine and pretty amazing value.

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 08:28 AM
The DeWalt 735 that warthog5 has seems to be regarded as the best benchtop planer currently available. It gets rave reviews from users and magazine folks alike.

Rigid tools in general don't have a stellar reputation with the exception of the planer. The Rigid TP1300LS seems to consistently get very good marks for the job it does, how quiet it is and how fast it is to change out blades.

If money's no object, the DeWalt seems to be the machine to get but the Rigid appears to be a very good machine and pretty amazing value.

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 08:28 AM
The DeWalt 735 that warthog5 has seems to be regarded as the best benchtop planer currently available. It gets rave reviews from users and magazine folks alike.

Rigid tools in general don't have a stellar reputation with the exception of the planer. The Rigid TP1300LS seems to consistently get very good marks for the job it does, how quiet it is and how fast it is to change out blades.

If money's no object, the DeWalt seems to be the machine to get but the Rigid appears to be a very good machine and pretty amazing value.

TimothyB
10-22-2004, 08:44 AM
If you want to buy an American made Planer:

http://www.woodmastertools.com/

Quite the piece of equipment. :)

--T

TimothyB
10-22-2004, 08:44 AM
If you want to buy an American made Planer:

http://www.woodmastertools.com/

Quite the piece of equipment. :)

--T

TimothyB
10-22-2004, 08:44 AM
If you want to buy an American made Planer:

http://www.woodmastertools.com/

Quite the piece of equipment. :)

--T

BrianY
10-22-2004, 09:36 AM
for what it's worth, I can attest that the Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer is a very nice machine. I have put all kinds of hard and softwoods through it and it has handled everything with ease. Blade changes are easy. The only drawback I can see is that it's heavy.

I don't think that the Rigid vs. DeWalt comparison/choice is useful. You're basically trying to choose between two different animals. A more useful comparison would be to decide how much you can spend and then find models in that price range to compare to each other. Rigid vs. Delta 22-580 for example.

BrianY
10-22-2004, 09:36 AM
for what it's worth, I can attest that the Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer is a very nice machine. I have put all kinds of hard and softwoods through it and it has handled everything with ease. Blade changes are easy. The only drawback I can see is that it's heavy.

I don't think that the Rigid vs. DeWalt comparison/choice is useful. You're basically trying to choose between two different animals. A more useful comparison would be to decide how much you can spend and then find models in that price range to compare to each other. Rigid vs. Delta 22-580 for example.

BrianY
10-22-2004, 09:36 AM
for what it's worth, I can attest that the Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer is a very nice machine. I have put all kinds of hard and softwoods through it and it has handled everything with ease. Blade changes are easy. The only drawback I can see is that it's heavy.

I don't think that the Rigid vs. DeWalt comparison/choice is useful. You're basically trying to choose between two different animals. A more useful comparison would be to decide how much you can spend and then find models in that price range to compare to each other. Rigid vs. Delta 22-580 for example.

warthog5
10-22-2004, 11:01 AM
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;)

warthog5
10-22-2004, 11:01 AM
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;)

warthog5
10-22-2004, 11:01 AM
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;)

RodB
10-22-2004, 11:28 AM
Hey Doug, I was thinking almost the same in my analysis just from looking at the machines.

I just needed a decent thickness planer and happen to see the Rigid while shopping. I have seen that Home Depot has been developing an entire line of tools which may or may not be quality built??? I figured the Dewalt would be a solid machine to compare a new entry to as a base line. I have used an older Dewalt on a couple of occasions and found it to be a good tool. The Rigid seemed to be a solid machine at a decent price and I thought someone may have bought one already and/or some reviews may be brought up.

I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 12:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-22-2004, 11:28 AM
Hey Doug, I was thinking almost the same in my analysis just from looking at the machines.

I just needed a decent thickness planer and happen to see the Rigid while shopping. I have seen that Home Depot has been developing an entire line of tools which may or may not be quality built??? I figured the Dewalt would be a solid machine to compare a new entry to as a base line. I have used an older Dewalt on a couple of occasions and found it to be a good tool. The Rigid seemed to be a solid machine at a decent price and I thought someone may have bought one already and/or some reviews may be brought up.

I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 12:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
10-22-2004, 11:28 AM
Hey Doug, I was thinking almost the same in my analysis just from looking at the machines.

I just needed a decent thickness planer and happen to see the Rigid while shopping. I have seen that Home Depot has been developing an entire line of tools which may or may not be quality built??? I figured the Dewalt would be a solid machine to compare a new entry to as a base line. I have used an older Dewalt on a couple of occasions and found it to be a good tool. The Rigid seemed to be a solid machine at a decent price and I thought someone may have bought one already and/or some reviews may be brought up.

I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RB

[ 10-22-2004, 12:31 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

JamesD
10-22-2004, 11:47 AM
I shopped planers intensively about six months ago and went with the Dewalt 734. Used it this morning on the mahogany for the keel as a matter of fact. Absolutely meets or exceeds my expectations. Just to show I'm fair, I just bought an RO sander, but the nod went to Ridgid for that acquisition.

JD

JamesD
10-22-2004, 11:47 AM
I shopped planers intensively about six months ago and went with the Dewalt 734. Used it this morning on the mahogany for the keel as a matter of fact. Absolutely meets or exceeds my expectations. Just to show I'm fair, I just bought an RO sander, but the nod went to Ridgid for that acquisition.

JD

JamesD
10-22-2004, 11:47 AM
I shopped planers intensively about six months ago and went with the Dewalt 734. Used it this morning on the mahogany for the keel as a matter of fact. Absolutely meets or exceeds my expectations. Just to show I'm fair, I just bought an RO sander, but the nod went to Ridgid for that acquisition.

JD

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 01:40 PM
Rod - if you want to get a LOT more comments/opinions regarding planers, you may want to head over to the Knots forum on the FWW site...
link (http://forums.taunton.com/tp-knots/)

You can do a search (benchtop planers, thickness planers, DeWalt etc., etc.) that will likely bring up a ton of threads on the subject.

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 01:40 PM
Rod - if you want to get a LOT more comments/opinions regarding planers, you may want to head over to the Knots forum on the FWW site...
link (http://forums.taunton.com/tp-knots/)

You can do a search (benchtop planers, thickness planers, DeWalt etc., etc.) that will likely bring up a ton of threads on the subject.

Doug Wood
10-22-2004, 01:40 PM
Rod - if you want to get a LOT more comments/opinions regarding planers, you may want to head over to the Knots forum on the FWW site...
link (http://forums.taunton.com/tp-knots/)

You can do a search (benchtop planers, thickness planers, DeWalt etc., etc.) that will likely bring up a ton of threads on the subject.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by warthog5:
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;) Actually, my Delta thickness planer has neither of those issues. The boards feed very cleanly and the chips clear just fine. The big complaint I've got with my thickness planer is excessive end snipe. My planer does not have a cutterhead lock, which most of the new ones do have.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by warthog5:
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;) Actually, my Delta thickness planer has neither of those issues. The boards feed very cleanly and the chips clear just fine. The big complaint I've got with my thickness planer is excessive end snipe. My planer does not have a cutterhead lock, which most of the new ones do have.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by warthog5:
QUOTE: I wonder if Warthog's neighbor has one of the older ones like me.

I'm sure it is. There are 2 problems with his. The boards do not feed right and he has tried to clean the feed rollers, still no good. The other problem is the chips don't clear the machine and that cause's problems with the wood finish.

Now remember when you buy something.
Quality is loooong remembered after the cost is forgotten. ;) Actually, my Delta thickness planer has neither of those issues. The boards feed very cleanly and the chips clear just fine. The big complaint I've got with my thickness planer is excessive end snipe. My planer does not have a cutterhead lock, which most of the new ones do have.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by RodB:
I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RBI find this sort of issue very hard to get a handle on. Naturally someone who got a machine that had a problem is much more likely to post a bad review than someone who got a machine and is happy with it is likely to take the time to post a good review. It also seems fair to assume that any maker will not be perfect so some bad machines will make it onto the market. With what the repair place said you are left wondering if they saw 5 machines with this problem out of 50 sold in the market served by that repair center (a pretty bad problem rate) or 5 with that problem out of 5000 sold in the area served by that repair center (a pretty minor error rate). So, I am never quite sure what to do with this sort of information. One does hope that the maker will take note of the problem and do something about it.

What worries me more is when I hear about the same sorts of issues from multiple sources, such as the repeated recent stories I have heard from multiple sources about increasing problems with Delta's big stationary power tools.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by RodB:
I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RBI find this sort of issue very hard to get a handle on. Naturally someone who got a machine that had a problem is much more likely to post a bad review than someone who got a machine and is happy with it is likely to take the time to post a good review. It also seems fair to assume that any maker will not be perfect so some bad machines will make it onto the market. With what the repair place said you are left wondering if they saw 5 machines with this problem out of 50 sold in the market served by that repair center (a pretty bad problem rate) or 5 with that problem out of 5000 sold in the area served by that repair center (a pretty minor error rate). So, I am never quite sure what to do with this sort of information. One does hope that the maker will take note of the problem and do something about it.

What worries me more is when I hear about the same sorts of issues from multiple sources, such as the repeated recent stories I have heard from multiple sources about increasing problems with Delta's big stationary power tools.

Bruce Hooke
10-22-2004, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by RodB:
I found some reviews (consumer related) on planers mostly from individuals who had recently bought a particular model. One guy had been using the Dewalt 735 and had a mechanical problem (I can't remember the exact nature of the problem but it was a major component that had to be replaced) and he said the DEWALT repair said that they had several others returned to be repaired for the same problem.

I was impressed with the DW735 but this kind of problem gives one pause...however, I am sure Dewalt will remedy the situation.

RBI find this sort of issue very hard to get a handle on. Naturally someone who got a machine that had a problem is much more likely to post a bad review than someone who got a machine and is happy with it is likely to take the time to post a good review. It also seems fair to assume that any maker will not be perfect so some bad machines will make it onto the market. With what the repair place said you are left wondering if they saw 5 machines with this problem out of 50 sold in the market served by that repair center (a pretty bad problem rate) or 5 with that problem out of 5000 sold in the area served by that repair center (a pretty minor error rate). So, I am never quite sure what to do with this sort of information. One does hope that the maker will take note of the problem and do something about it.

What worries me more is when I hear about the same sorts of issues from multiple sources, such as the repeated recent stories I have heard from multiple sources about increasing problems with Delta's big stationary power tools.

slacker
10-22-2004, 02:27 PM
I wanted the Dewalt 2 speed, but ran across the Delta 22-580 for $325 after rebate and couldn't pass it up. I am very pleased with it to date. It has mostly seen P-heart and highly figured maple but less than 50 BDFT so far... time will of course tell the whole story.

Warthog
Nice cabinet!

Darren

slacker
10-22-2004, 02:27 PM
I wanted the Dewalt 2 speed, but ran across the Delta 22-580 for $325 after rebate and couldn't pass it up. I am very pleased with it to date. It has mostly seen P-heart and highly figured maple but less than 50 BDFT so far... time will of course tell the whole story.

Warthog
Nice cabinet!

Darren

slacker
10-22-2004, 02:27 PM
I wanted the Dewalt 2 speed, but ran across the Delta 22-580 for $325 after rebate and couldn't pass it up. I am very pleased with it to date. It has mostly seen P-heart and highly figured maple but less than 50 BDFT so far... time will of course tell the whole story.

Warthog
Nice cabinet!

Darren

Bob Perkins
10-22-2004, 10:12 PM
If money were no object (and it always is..)

I'd get this: Powermatic (http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/index.cfm?area=shop&action=detail&iid=137397)

The spiral cutter head has the cleanest cut. It just shaves it way through stock instead of slapping at it..
Got to play with one...

Come on Powerball...

Bob

Bob Perkins
10-22-2004, 10:12 PM
If money were no object (and it always is..)

I'd get this: Powermatic (http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/index.cfm?area=shop&action=detail&iid=137397)

The spiral cutter head has the cleanest cut. It just shaves it way through stock instead of slapping at it..
Got to play with one...

Come on Powerball...

Bob

Bob Perkins
10-22-2004, 10:12 PM
If money were no object (and it always is..)

I'd get this: Powermatic (http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/index.cfm?area=shop&action=detail&iid=137397)

The spiral cutter head has the cleanest cut. It just shaves it way through stock instead of slapping at it..
Got to play with one...

Come on Powerball...

Bob

JimConlin
10-22-2004, 10:32 PM
I have a Delta 22-580. Seems to do the job. I have no experience w/ the others so can't comment.
Today's mail flyer from Tool Crib (Amazon) offers it w/ dust chute for $319. Sound like a good deal to me.

JimConlin
10-22-2004, 10:32 PM
I have a Delta 22-580. Seems to do the job. I have no experience w/ the others so can't comment.
Today's mail flyer from Tool Crib (Amazon) offers it w/ dust chute for $319. Sound like a good deal to me.

JimConlin
10-22-2004, 10:32 PM
I have a Delta 22-580. Seems to do the job. I have no experience w/ the others so can't comment.
Today's mail flyer from Tool Crib (Amazon) offers it w/ dust chute for $319. Sound like a good deal to me.

RodB
10-23-2004, 01:57 AM
I guess I need to take a look at the
Delta 22-580 13" planer... It sounds like a really solid machine for the price...

I also figure that Dewalt would remedy a problem and they do make some great tools.

The Rigid just seemed like a solid heavy machine with a stand and I thought perhaps it might be a sleeper of a deal....

RB

RodB
10-23-2004, 01:57 AM
I guess I need to take a look at the
Delta 22-580 13" planer... It sounds like a really solid machine for the price...

I also figure that Dewalt would remedy a problem and they do make some great tools.

The Rigid just seemed like a solid heavy machine with a stand and I thought perhaps it might be a sleeper of a deal....

RB

RodB
10-23-2004, 01:57 AM
I guess I need to take a look at the
Delta 22-580 13" planer... It sounds like a really solid machine for the price...

I also figure that Dewalt would remedy a problem and they do make some great tools.

The Rigid just seemed like a solid heavy machine with a stand and I thought perhaps it might be a sleeper of a deal....

RB

slacker
10-23-2004, 02:19 PM
http://www.woodworking.org/ has a tool survey with reviews which can be very useful

hth

Darren

slacker
10-23-2004, 02:19 PM
http://www.woodworking.org/ has a tool survey with reviews which can be very useful

hth

Darren

slacker
10-23-2004, 02:19 PM
http://www.woodworking.org/ has a tool survey with reviews which can be very useful

hth

Darren

PeterSibley
10-23-2004, 05:14 PM
One thing no one has mentioned is blades.Do these machines all use the same very narrow replacable blades...about 1/4" wide ? Has anyone found a way to resharpen them ? Replacement blades are around $40 per set here...much too expensive for a disposable item . I have a jig set up that does a very good job on wider blades but I haven't tried it with such narrow material.

PeterSibley
10-23-2004, 05:14 PM
One thing no one has mentioned is blades.Do these machines all use the same very narrow replacable blades...about 1/4" wide ? Has anyone found a way to resharpen them ? Replacement blades are around $40 per set here...much too expensive for a disposable item . I have a jig set up that does a very good job on wider blades but I haven't tried it with such narrow material.

PeterSibley
10-23-2004, 05:14 PM
One thing no one has mentioned is blades.Do these machines all use the same very narrow replacable blades...about 1/4" wide ? Has anyone found a way to resharpen them ? Replacement blades are around $40 per set here...much too expensive for a disposable item . I have a jig set up that does a very good job on wider blades but I haven't tried it with such narrow material.

warthog5
10-23-2004, 10:24 PM
My Dewalt does have the narrow blades. I haven't changed them yet, but they are VERY easy to get to on my machine. The machine comes with a "T" handled Torx bit to remove the fastners. It has a magent on one end to grab the blades with.

[ 10-23-2004, 11:25 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

warthog5
10-23-2004, 10:24 PM
My Dewalt does have the narrow blades. I haven't changed them yet, but they are VERY easy to get to on my machine. The machine comes with a "T" handled Torx bit to remove the fastners. It has a magent on one end to grab the blades with.

[ 10-23-2004, 11:25 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

warthog5
10-23-2004, 10:24 PM
My Dewalt does have the narrow blades. I haven't changed them yet, but they are VERY easy to get to on my machine. The machine comes with a "T" handled Torx bit to remove the fastners. It has a magent on one end to grab the blades with.

[ 10-23-2004, 11:25 PM: Message edited by: warthog5 ]

RodB
10-24-2004, 02:12 AM
A little homework on the internet and I found a site with lots of tool reviews. The Rigid 13" planer had 16 reviews and 15 of them raved about the performance of this tool and the lifetime warranty. One of the 16 had a problem. Several of the reviewers mentioned extended periods of time with lots of use and no problems. All said blades easy to change and commented on the storage box for extra blades and blade changing tools. Several commented on doing lot of research before buying and that they thought this was the best deal in a planer bar none and it comes with a stand an dust bag.

VERY INTERESTING, I must go and take another look at this planer, and I must admit the Dewalt looks mighty fine but costs almost $170 more...

RB

RodB
10-24-2004, 02:12 AM
A little homework on the internet and I found a site with lots of tool reviews. The Rigid 13" planer had 16 reviews and 15 of them raved about the performance of this tool and the lifetime warranty. One of the 16 had a problem. Several of the reviewers mentioned extended periods of time with lots of use and no problems. All said blades easy to change and commented on the storage box for extra blades and blade changing tools. Several commented on doing lot of research before buying and that they thought this was the best deal in a planer bar none and it comes with a stand an dust bag.

VERY INTERESTING, I must go and take another look at this planer, and I must admit the Dewalt looks mighty fine but costs almost $170 more...

RB

RodB
10-24-2004, 02:12 AM
A little homework on the internet and I found a site with lots of tool reviews. The Rigid 13" planer had 16 reviews and 15 of them raved about the performance of this tool and the lifetime warranty. One of the 16 had a problem. Several of the reviewers mentioned extended periods of time with lots of use and no problems. All said blades easy to change and commented on the storage box for extra blades and blade changing tools. Several commented on doing lot of research before buying and that they thought this was the best deal in a planer bar none and it comes with a stand an dust bag.

VERY INTERESTING, I must go and take another look at this planer, and I must admit the Dewalt looks mighty fine but costs almost $170 more...

RB

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 08:02 AM
I'm kind of surprised that someone is selling a dust bag for a planer. How big is the dust bag? It seems to me that if it's not really big you are going to be emptying it every 10 minutes or less. A couple of passes across a 10' long, 10" wide board can produce a LOT of sawdust...

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 08:02 AM
I'm kind of surprised that someone is selling a dust bag for a planer. How big is the dust bag? It seems to me that if it's not really big you are going to be emptying it every 10 minutes or less. A couple of passes across a 10' long, 10" wide board can produce a LOT of sawdust...

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 08:02 AM
I'm kind of surprised that someone is selling a dust bag for a planer. How big is the dust bag? It seems to me that if it's not really big you are going to be emptying it every 10 minutes or less. A couple of passes across a 10' long, 10" wide board can produce a LOT of sawdust...

RodB
10-24-2004, 12:31 PM
oops, sorry a dust port I think...

RB

RodB
10-24-2004, 12:31 PM
oops, sorry a dust port I think...

RB

RodB
10-24-2004, 12:31 PM
oops, sorry a dust port I think...

RB

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 05:36 PM
That makes more sense. I think most of them come with a dust port, or you can get a dust port for not very much extra money...

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 05:36 PM
That makes more sense. I think most of them come with a dust port, or you can get a dust port for not very much extra money...

Bruce Hooke
10-24-2004, 05:36 PM
That makes more sense. I think most of them come with a dust port, or you can get a dust port for not very much extra money...

dcobbett
10-25-2004, 07:21 AM
Question for the users of the three machines that are being discussed on this thread (Delta, Rigid and DeWalt): do any of them allow for lateral blade adjustment?

dcobbett
10-25-2004, 07:21 AM
Question for the users of the three machines that are being discussed on this thread (Delta, Rigid and DeWalt): do any of them allow for lateral blade adjustment?

dcobbett
10-25-2004, 07:21 AM
Question for the users of the three machines that are being discussed on this thread (Delta, Rigid and DeWalt): do any of them allow for lateral blade adjustment?

Ex-Oceangoddess
10-27-2004, 09:05 PM
When starting to build the mast for Fiona II Mike and I bought a Rigid planer from Home Despot, for I think something under $400. We planed a whole mess of sitka spruce to end up with a 50' box mast, and it did just fine (that's soft wood). However, after dealing with the periodic problems that cropped up, we figured it wasn't the planer we wanted for our shop. We lucked out, and on a visit to the Ventura Carbide Saw shop found a (very) used Makita 15" planer which needed some work for $400 and snapped it up. After replacing some parts and tuning it up it has become the perfect accurate planer for a small furniture shop. We subsequently sold the Rigid and are very happy we made the change.

The Rigid is not,IMHO, a planer designed for fine or accurate work. And the rollers and outfeed mechanisms are way less than accurate, and a pain in the a** to adjust. I guess you get what you pay for.....

Ex-Oceangoddess
10-27-2004, 09:05 PM
When starting to build the mast for Fiona II Mike and I bought a Rigid planer from Home Despot, for I think something under $400. We planed a whole mess of sitka spruce to end up with a 50' box mast, and it did just fine (that's soft wood). However, after dealing with the periodic problems that cropped up, we figured it wasn't the planer we wanted for our shop. We lucked out, and on a visit to the Ventura Carbide Saw shop found a (very) used Makita 15" planer which needed some work for $400 and snapped it up. After replacing some parts and tuning it up it has become the perfect accurate planer for a small furniture shop. We subsequently sold the Rigid and are very happy we made the change.

The Rigid is not,IMHO, a planer designed for fine or accurate work. And the rollers and outfeed mechanisms are way less than accurate, and a pain in the a** to adjust. I guess you get what you pay for.....

Ex-Oceangoddess
10-27-2004, 09:05 PM
When starting to build the mast for Fiona II Mike and I bought a Rigid planer from Home Despot, for I think something under $400. We planed a whole mess of sitka spruce to end up with a 50' box mast, and it did just fine (that's soft wood). However, after dealing with the periodic problems that cropped up, we figured it wasn't the planer we wanted for our shop. We lucked out, and on a visit to the Ventura Carbide Saw shop found a (very) used Makita 15" planer which needed some work for $400 and snapped it up. After replacing some parts and tuning it up it has become the perfect accurate planer for a small furniture shop. We subsequently sold the Rigid and are very happy we made the change.

The Rigid is not,IMHO, a planer designed for fine or accurate work. And the rollers and outfeed mechanisms are way less than accurate, and a pain in the a** to adjust. I guess you get what you pay for.....

kc8pql
10-27-2004, 09:30 PM
When I first opened my own cabinet shop in 1978 I bought a Makita 2030 combination jointer planer, a very odd machine for that time. My thinking was that it would be good enough to get me by untill I could afford bigger machinery. I've used this machine every day for the past 24 years now and it's never skipped a beat. I can't tell you how many feet of stuff I've run through this thing but it has to be hundreds of thousands. I don't know what their current model is but if you need something that will last, it may be worth a look and a bit extra money.

kc8pql
10-27-2004, 09:30 PM
When I first opened my own cabinet shop in 1978 I bought a Makita 2030 combination jointer planer, a very odd machine for that time. My thinking was that it would be good enough to get me by untill I could afford bigger machinery. I've used this machine every day for the past 24 years now and it's never skipped a beat. I can't tell you how many feet of stuff I've run through this thing but it has to be hundreds of thousands. I don't know what their current model is but if you need something that will last, it may be worth a look and a bit extra money.

kc8pql
10-27-2004, 09:30 PM
When I first opened my own cabinet shop in 1978 I bought a Makita 2030 combination jointer planer, a very odd machine for that time. My thinking was that it would be good enough to get me by untill I could afford bigger machinery. I've used this machine every day for the past 24 years now and it's never skipped a beat. I can't tell you how many feet of stuff I've run through this thing but it has to be hundreds of thousands. I don't know what their current model is but if you need something that will last, it may be worth a look and a bit extra money.

RodB
10-28-2004, 01:32 AM
I agree a little more money is worth getting a solid machine that will keep on ticking with accuracy over time. Makita has pretty much made good tools over the years, I personally own many, however, I would think a 15" planer would be quite a bit more money than the $500 13" Dewalt.

I've gone this long using a buddies now and then... I can take a bit longer to decide.

RB

RodB
10-28-2004, 01:32 AM
I agree a little more money is worth getting a solid machine that will keep on ticking with accuracy over time. Makita has pretty much made good tools over the years, I personally own many, however, I would think a 15" planer would be quite a bit more money than the $500 13" Dewalt.

I've gone this long using a buddies now and then... I can take a bit longer to decide.

RB

RodB
10-28-2004, 01:32 AM
I agree a little more money is worth getting a solid machine that will keep on ticking with accuracy over time. Makita has pretty much made good tools over the years, I personally own many, however, I would think a 15" planer would be quite a bit more money than the $500 13" Dewalt.

I've gone this long using a buddies now and then... I can take a bit longer to decide.

RB

Chadd Hamilton
10-28-2004, 09:45 AM
Rod, I own a Rigid Planer that I got from HD. I've had it for about 2 years and have put alot of wood through it and I really like it. Yes, blade changes are fast and easy. A good deal for the money.

Chadd

Chadd Hamilton
10-28-2004, 09:45 AM
Rod, I own a Rigid Planer that I got from HD. I've had it for about 2 years and have put alot of wood through it and I really like it. Yes, blade changes are fast and easy. A good deal for the money.

Chadd

Chadd Hamilton
10-28-2004, 09:45 AM
Rod, I own a Rigid Planer that I got from HD. I've had it for about 2 years and have put alot of wood through it and I really like it. Yes, blade changes are fast and easy. A good deal for the money.

Chadd

RodB
10-29-2004, 05:17 AM
Thanks Chad for the input...

RB

RodB
10-29-2004, 05:17 AM
Thanks Chad for the input...

RB

RodB
10-29-2004, 05:17 AM
Thanks Chad for the input...

RB

RodB
12-06-2004, 04:26 AM
Bump

RodB
12-06-2004, 04:26 AM
Bump

RodB
12-06-2004, 04:26 AM
Bump

Dave R
12-06-2004, 08:35 AM
I'm kind of late but I also have the Ridgid planer and have had no problems. Blade changes are quick. The double-edged blades seem to last quite awhile and are simple to change.

There isn't much room to slide the blades laterally but I don't think that's a big problem. The reason given for being able to do that is to shift a nicked blade a little so that the nick in both blades doesn't line up. I've never bothered with it bit I expect that there's enough room to deal with a small nick that way.

My brother has been trying to talk me into the DeWalt planer but that's so he can have my Ridgid planer. He keeps telling me what a great deal that would be for me.

I must say, I do like the design of the DeWalt. The lower profile would make it easier to work into a cabinet. I've designed a flip top cabinet for my Ridgid planer that would have outfeed rollers for the tablesaw on the other side. I'm going to stall on building it though until I figure out if my brother is going to finally sell his idea. I think he could sell a comb to bald man so I have to be careful. :D

Dave R
12-06-2004, 08:35 AM
I'm kind of late but I also have the Ridgid planer and have had no problems. Blade changes are quick. The double-edged blades seem to last quite awhile and are simple to change.

There isn't much room to slide the blades laterally but I don't think that's a big problem. The reason given for being able to do that is to shift a nicked blade a little so that the nick in both blades doesn't line up. I've never bothered with it bit I expect that there's enough room to deal with a small nick that way.

My brother has been trying to talk me into the DeWalt planer but that's so he can have my Ridgid planer. He keeps telling me what a great deal that would be for me.

I must say, I do like the design of the DeWalt. The lower profile would make it easier to work into a cabinet. I've designed a flip top cabinet for my Ridgid planer that would have outfeed rollers for the tablesaw on the other side. I'm going to stall on building it though until I figure out if my brother is going to finally sell his idea. I think he could sell a comb to bald man so I have to be careful. :D

Dave R
12-06-2004, 08:35 AM
I'm kind of late but I also have the Ridgid planer and have had no problems. Blade changes are quick. The double-edged blades seem to last quite awhile and are simple to change.

There isn't much room to slide the blades laterally but I don't think that's a big problem. The reason given for being able to do that is to shift a nicked blade a little so that the nick in both blades doesn't line up. I've never bothered with it bit I expect that there's enough room to deal with a small nick that way.

My brother has been trying to talk me into the DeWalt planer but that's so he can have my Ridgid planer. He keeps telling me what a great deal that would be for me.

I must say, I do like the design of the DeWalt. The lower profile would make it easier to work into a cabinet. I've designed a flip top cabinet for my Ridgid planer that would have outfeed rollers for the tablesaw on the other side. I'm going to stall on building it though until I figure out if my brother is going to finally sell his idea. I think he could sell a comb to bald man so I have to be careful. :D

RodB
12-06-2004, 07:52 PM
Yes, everytime I go into Home Depot, that 13" Rigid Planer keeps calling to me... "I'm a solid value and over $150 cheaper than the Dewalt"...

I have also noticed the Delta 13" is about the same price as the Rigid.

RB

RodB
12-06-2004, 07:52 PM
Yes, everytime I go into Home Depot, that 13" Rigid Planer keeps calling to me... "I'm a solid value and over $150 cheaper than the Dewalt"...

I have also noticed the Delta 13" is about the same price as the Rigid.

RB

RodB
12-06-2004, 07:52 PM
Yes, everytime I go into Home Depot, that 13" Rigid Planer keeps calling to me... "I'm a solid value and over $150 cheaper than the Dewalt"...

I have also noticed the Delta 13" is about the same price as the Rigid.

RB

RodB
12-18-2004, 03:37 AM
Hey Dave R. et al...What a Sale at Home Depot.... precipitated by Lowes... Christmas comes early.

Well a good friend in upstate New York called me this AM to tell me about a sale going on at the big chain stores.

I had no choice, I broke down and bought the Dewalt 735 because it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Lowes is running a sale - 20% off all powertools until December 21, 2004 all over the country I think... ... Home Depot has a policy to meet and beat by 10% any competition's price...SO I got the DEWALT 735 for 30% off...a great price of $359 at Home Depot... The Rigid was only 20% off of $349...($279.30) since Lowes does not sell Rigid.....

The decision was still a bit difficult because the Rigid comes with a stand, and infeed and outfeed table, and just seems to be a decent tool according to the majority of owners... plus a few critical comments.... BUT

The Dewalt seems to definitely be a good machine and at $359....is too good to pass up.

Hey Warthog, I am looking hard at your planer stand... I will be building one during our crummy winter weather here in Texas, you know 40 degrees and rainey. Thanks for the model to go by, more details welcomed since you have used it now and may have some improvements to suggest. I'm printing your photos as I write this.

Thanks to all,

RB

[ 12-18-2004, 05:16 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
12-18-2004, 03:37 AM
Hey Dave R. et al...What a Sale at Home Depot.... precipitated by Lowes... Christmas comes early.

Well a good friend in upstate New York called me this AM to tell me about a sale going on at the big chain stores.

I had no choice, I broke down and bought the Dewalt 735 because it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Lowes is running a sale - 20% off all powertools until December 21, 2004 all over the country I think... ... Home Depot has a policy to meet and beat by 10% any competition's price...SO I got the DEWALT 735 for 30% off...a great price of $359 at Home Depot... The Rigid was only 20% off of $349...($279.30) since Lowes does not sell Rigid.....

The decision was still a bit difficult because the Rigid comes with a stand, and infeed and outfeed table, and just seems to be a decent tool according to the majority of owners... plus a few critical comments.... BUT

The Dewalt seems to definitely be a good machine and at $359....is too good to pass up.

Hey Warthog, I am looking hard at your planer stand... I will be building one during our crummy winter weather here in Texas, you know 40 degrees and rainey. Thanks for the model to go by, more details welcomed since you have used it now and may have some improvements to suggest. I'm printing your photos as I write this.

Thanks to all,

RB

[ 12-18-2004, 05:16 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
12-18-2004, 03:37 AM
Hey Dave R. et al...What a Sale at Home Depot.... precipitated by Lowes... Christmas comes early.

Well a good friend in upstate New York called me this AM to tell me about a sale going on at the big chain stores.

I had no choice, I broke down and bought the Dewalt 735 because it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Lowes is running a sale - 20% off all powertools until December 21, 2004 all over the country I think... ... Home Depot has a policy to meet and beat by 10% any competition's price...SO I got the DEWALT 735 for 30% off...a great price of $359 at Home Depot... The Rigid was only 20% off of $349...($279.30) since Lowes does not sell Rigid.....

The decision was still a bit difficult because the Rigid comes with a stand, and infeed and outfeed table, and just seems to be a decent tool according to the majority of owners... plus a few critical comments.... BUT

The Dewalt seems to definitely be a good machine and at $359....is too good to pass up.

Hey Warthog, I am looking hard at your planer stand... I will be building one during our crummy winter weather here in Texas, you know 40 degrees and rainey. Thanks for the model to go by, more details welcomed since you have used it now and may have some improvements to suggest. I'm printing your photos as I write this.

Thanks to all,

RB

[ 12-18-2004, 05:16 AM: Message edited by: RodB ]

abe
12-29-2004, 09:18 AM
Hello RodB,

Hope ya don't mind a bump on this topic. Can you tell us if you are happy with the DW735?

My research of a number of different planers in that price range has placed the 735 in a favorable light.

Thanks Much, and a Prosperous New Year to you
abe

abe
12-29-2004, 09:18 AM
Hello RodB,

Hope ya don't mind a bump on this topic. Can you tell us if you are happy with the DW735?

My research of a number of different planers in that price range has placed the 735 in a favorable light.

Thanks Much, and a Prosperous New Year to you
abe

abe
12-29-2004, 09:18 AM
Hello RodB,

Hope ya don't mind a bump on this topic. Can you tell us if you are happy with the DW735?

My research of a number of different planers in that price range has placed the 735 in a favorable light.

Thanks Much, and a Prosperous New Year to you
abe

RodB
12-29-2004, 07:59 PM
Hey Abe,

I am sorry to say that I have been working so much over the past couple of weeks that my planer is still sitting in the box in my shop. I am trying to decide whether to build a stand as in the beginning of my post or to just get the table with built in rollers available from Dewalt for this planer ($100).

All my research and feedback so far has shown that any problems this unit had early on were addressed quickly and from a posting on the Woodworkers Forum on this planer, several folks said that Dewalt has worked out any problems this unit had and that this is the best planer in its class. Several guys who bought this unit were totally satisfied so far. The Makita seems to have a strong following with no complaints but cost $450 or so...and has two blades instead of three. The DEwalt 735 has been rated as number one by every review I have seen in the magazines...search Google and put in "Dewalt 735 planer reviews"
Also, if you just do a search on "Dewalt 735 planer" you will see some older negative reviews and good reviews on the stand Dewalt sells for this planer. I think the negative reviews were in 2003 and that Dewalt solved the problems already.

At the price I was able to get it I could not pass it by... I expect to be quite satisfied and will comment on performance later on once I have a chance to use it. There are several guys out there who have had a chance to really use this model for awhile now...see your search on the internet....Good luck,

RB

[ 12-29-2004, 09:07 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
12-29-2004, 07:59 PM
Hey Abe,

I am sorry to say that I have been working so much over the past couple of weeks that my planer is still sitting in the box in my shop. I am trying to decide whether to build a stand as in the beginning of my post or to just get the table with built in rollers available from Dewalt for this planer ($100).

All my research and feedback so far has shown that any problems this unit had early on were addressed quickly and from a posting on the Woodworkers Forum on this planer, several folks said that Dewalt has worked out any problems this unit had and that this is the best planer in its class. Several guys who bought this unit were totally satisfied so far. The Makita seems to have a strong following with no complaints but cost $450 or so...and has two blades instead of three. The DEwalt 735 has been rated as number one by every review I have seen in the magazines...search Google and put in "Dewalt 735 planer reviews"
Also, if you just do a search on "Dewalt 735 planer" you will see some older negative reviews and good reviews on the stand Dewalt sells for this planer. I think the negative reviews were in 2003 and that Dewalt solved the problems already.

At the price I was able to get it I could not pass it by... I expect to be quite satisfied and will comment on performance later on once I have a chance to use it. There are several guys out there who have had a chance to really use this model for awhile now...see your search on the internet....Good luck,

RB

[ 12-29-2004, 09:07 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

RodB
12-29-2004, 07:59 PM
Hey Abe,

I am sorry to say that I have been working so much over the past couple of weeks that my planer is still sitting in the box in my shop. I am trying to decide whether to build a stand as in the beginning of my post or to just get the table with built in rollers available from Dewalt for this planer ($100).

All my research and feedback so far has shown that any problems this unit had early on were addressed quickly and from a posting on the Woodworkers Forum on this planer, several folks said that Dewalt has worked out any problems this unit had and that this is the best planer in its class. Several guys who bought this unit were totally satisfied so far. The Makita seems to have a strong following with no complaints but cost $450 or so...and has two blades instead of three. The DEwalt 735 has been rated as number one by every review I have seen in the magazines...search Google and put in "Dewalt 735 planer reviews"
Also, if you just do a search on "Dewalt 735 planer" you will see some older negative reviews and good reviews on the stand Dewalt sells for this planer. I think the negative reviews were in 2003 and that Dewalt solved the problems already.

At the price I was able to get it I could not pass it by... I expect to be quite satisfied and will comment on performance later on once I have a chance to use it. There are several guys out there who have had a chance to really use this model for awhile now...see your search on the internet....Good luck,

RB

[ 12-29-2004, 09:07 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]