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I know the Dewalt DW735X seems to be most peoples preference when it comes to portable planers but I am not sure if I want to pend $600+ on one. I would like do spend about 1/2 to 2/3 that much.
 
The other issue is storage. The DW735X is big and heavy. I need one I can store away when not in use. Most other planers seem to be about 2/3 the size and weight.
 
I have been doing woodworking most of my life and I have never owed a planer. I have been able to build everything I want from the lumber I buy without l planning in the past but I do know I have been paying a premium for the wood. I want to start making some Art & Craft style chair for my wife so I am going to need to start milling my own wood to get the dimension I need. I figure I may run 50-100 B/F of wood over the the next 12-18 months with it.
 
What is the next best planer for the $300-$400 range?
Which has the best chip extraction without a dust collector? (will be used outside)
 
I am thinking I want a 3 blade one.
 
Looking at:
Ridgid for $450.
Wen for $350
DeWalt DW734 for $450
Grizzly G0889 for $425
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Outside the 735 most of the planers just drop the chips out the back. I don't think it really causes issues but would make a mess.

If price is an issue shop used. Use it for the project your working on and then sell it again. If you determine that you really like the planer sell it and get the 735 as an upgrade some day.

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I have been shopping the used market for months. Most of the DW735 & DW735X are $500+ and I cannot justify that price on a used machine. 

My thought on buy a less expensive one was to see how much I use it. If I find I am using it a lot more than I thought, sell it and upgraded to the DW735X. 

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41 minutes ago, rainjer said:

I have been shopping the used market for months. Most of the DW735 & DW735X are $500+ and I cannot justify that price on a used machine. 

My thought on buy a less expensive one was to see how much I use it. If I find I am using it a lot more than I thought, sell it and upgraded to the DW735X. 

This is backwards in my opinion. Spend on the recommended unit, then if you do not use it enough...you know they resell at a high value. 

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I see that Rockler has the 735 on sale with the stand  and feed/outfeed tables for $649 plus $50 shipping. The 735, although a good unit, does not have the chip extraction of the 745.  If you’ve been Woodworking most of your life, a planer will open a bunch of new doors and save you tons of money on your lumber. 

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40 minutes ago, Coop said:

I see that Rockler has the 735 on sale with the stand  and feed/outfeed tables for $649 plus $50 shipping. The 735, although a good unit, does not have the chip extraction of the 745.  If you’ve been Woodworking most of your life, a planer will open a bunch of new doors and save you tons of money on your lumber. 

Maybe I'm missing something here.   Chip extraction from a 735... See pic.

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9 hours ago, Coop said:

I see that Rockler has the 735 on sale with the stand  and feed/outfeed tables for $649 plus $50 shipping. The 735, although a good unit, does not have the chip extraction of the 745.  If you’ve been Woodworking most of your life, a planer will open a bunch of new doors and save you tons of money on your lumber. 

Ken, I'm not trying to be a smart a$$, but the DeWalt 745 is a lunchbox table saw., and the 735 spits chips at least 16 feet.

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People are selling a used DW735 for $400? I'd sell mine for $200, since I am not using it any more and I have to walk around it.

I still think the DW735 is a great planer. Great quality on the cuts, easy to replace knives, and powerful chip blowing. (I used a Rockler separator after the planer, and I had to clamp the lid to the bucket of the separator or the 735 would blow the lid off.) The problem for me was that my jointer was only a 6" model, and I wanted something wider. While I started shopping for a wider jointer, I ended up with a big combo machine, so now I use that for all my jointing and planing work.

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4 hours ago, Mark J said:

@rainjer , what's the used market for the other planners you are considering look like?   Do they hold their value, or can you acquire one cheaply?

The use market in my area sucks. The yare not may available and they are all way over priced for the condition. There is a Dewalt DW734 that was listed 2 days ago for $500, new is $450.....

Todays search result:

FB Market place - 0 listing within 100 milles.

Craig's list - 1 DW734 for $325 (on an island) & a very used DW735 for $510. (inquired and the price is firm)

OfferUp  - 3 DW734 for $350-$500 , 1 Bauer for $350 and 1 Craftsman for $520. Only one the $500 DW734 is near me...

I think next week I am going to start hitting up some pawn shops to see if they have any.

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If cost is the primary concern, I would suggest buying a new Bauer from HF, along with replacement insurance. It is only 2 blades, but otherwise functionally comparable to the DW734 and other lunchbox types for about $100 less. Aside from that, shoot for the DW735, it is the best you will find that is still (sort of) portable, and less than $1500. 

If by some chance you have access to 3-phase power, consider a used commercial planer. They are often available for a song.

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42 minutes ago, rainjer said:

I think I have decided to bit the bullet and buy the DW735X from Rockler. I can get it with the stand for $650. I may see if Home Depot will match the price before I make the drive.

Jeremy

Then build a cabinet with casters and mount it near your Duct Collection.  You only have to lift it a couple of times.  You can research this site and find quite a few builds for the planer.

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19 hours ago, Coop said:

I see that Rockler has the 735 on sale with the stand  and feed/outfeed tables for $649 plus $50 shipping. The 734, although a good unit, does not have the chip extraction of the 735. If you’ve been Woodworking most of your life, a planer will open a bunch of new doors and save you tons of money on your lumber. 

 

10 hours ago, RichardA said:

Ken, I'm not trying to be a smart a$$, but the DeWalt 745 is a lunchbox table saw., and the 735 spits chips at least 16 feet.

Oooops, thanks. Changed that for me! 

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2 hours ago, rainjer said:

@RichardA - The $650 included the Dewalt mobile base. Unfortunately I don't have central dust collection. I am going to try an go with a bag like in the picture below.

 

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That's one way, you could use a pillow, a 55 gal drum on castors, you could even get a Harbor Freight DC for a couple hundred , it comes with castors, and you can move it from machine to machine as needed.  There are dozens of ways to deal with it.  You saw my pickup truck when I didn't have space for any of those options.  But the roads I drove were well mulched.

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