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    Portable Planer Recommendation?

    I've got an old Delta 12 inch lunchbox planer. Sheet metal 'DC' connector that barely works and the blades are pretty dull. I've got replacement blades, so that's not really an issue, but I've been thinking about an upgrade.

    Does anyone have any reccomendations for something in the same general 12+" class?

    Thanks!
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    Everything I've read/heard about the DeWalt 735 is good. It's the one I've always thought about upgrading to. I have the same Delta you do.
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    How about one of these.
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    It's cordless
    Actually I have the new DeWalt 735 iT's 2 speed and I love it. Had it for going on 3 years and it a real work hourse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    How about one of these.
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    It's cordless
    Actually I have the new DeWalt 735 iT's 2 speed and I love it. Had it for going on 3 years and it a real work hourse.
    Not sure the first one has enough power!

    That 735 does look pretty good...
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    DeWalt I have the older model, but it is a workhorse. I don't know how much wood I have run through it, but it has been hundreds of board feet. Just this summer got into some pine that I didn't broom off and had sand/dirt in it and dulled the blades. Otherwise, never one problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I'm not even going to say it.......
    Grizz?

    Which one?
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    Another Dewalt fan here, I've got a DW734. It's got decent dust collection, lunchbox design with disposable 12.5" blades I don't go through them enough that the disposable aspect becomes a problem.

    The 735's have a know reliability issue with the drive sprockets. HOwever Dewalt is standing behind them, so I wouldn't let that sway you too much. The 735 also has its own chip extraction, so you don't 'Have to' run it through your DC if you don't want to. It too uses disposable vs resharpenable blades.

    I've used Grizz's Ridgid planer, and that was a fine unit as well, solidly built and didn't blink when we through a ton of maple through it a year or two ago (my dewalt was in storage).
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    Ive got the Dewalt 733 or 734 cant remember 12 1/2"
    Its been great. Had a problem after planing some (250 lf) rough sawn pine without DC and the the dust hood off. Had a real hard time raising and lowering the head after that but that was my fault. After a thorough cleaning it works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Ive got the Dewalt 733 or 734 cant remember 12 1/2"
    Its been great. Had a problem after planing some (250 lf) rough sawn pine without DC and the the dust hood off. Had a real hard time raising and lowering the head after that but that was my fault. After a thorough cleaning it works great.

    Black top 733, resharpenable blades, silver top 734 see above. If I could Find a 733 I'd buy one, but even the 734 is old enough you wouldn't likely find a new unit available.
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