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Dewalt DW734 Benchtop Planer: A great budget pick or not?

A mid-budget planer, Dewalt DW734 is to go machine for small woodworking shops. Here’s our complete review of the Dewalt DW734 for 2017!

Dewalt DW734 Benchtop Planer

Initial Impressions of the Dewalt DW734

Like other bench top planers, this also houses a 15 AMP motor, with a cutter head speed of 10,000 RPM. This will allow you to work with slightly tougher woods if you are upgrading.

With standard Dewalt adjustment settings, you get accurate cuts as per your requirements. The extra-long extension tables give support to longer woods (33-1/2 inches). Overall this gives the impression of a perfect upgrade for your shop.

Build

This planer comes with the standard Dewalt guarantee. No compromises were made in the build and every component is designed to last long.

The flat surface at top of planer can also support wood for faster operation while making subsequent passes.

Rigid Cast Aluminium is used to support the structure and overall we are very happy with the build, and it easily beats most Delta Planers of the same price.

Powerful Motor

The motor used gives 96 Cuts Per inch and is not as efficient as the one used in the successors Dewalt DW735 or Dewalt DW735X, but it still manages to give a clean cut. If you don’t feed hardwoods like IPE you won’t be facing any difficulties. It can breeze through Maple or Oak, and overall give a smooth finish on most wood types.

The knives used are reversible and disposable, but you cannot sharpen them, so if the cuts from both sides become dull, you would have to get new ones. The in-house knives on average last 6-8 months, but it depends more on your use. And yes, replacing knives, or flipping them over, is so simple, your 5-year-old daughter can do it. (But don’t cut your hand though, practice caution).

Overall, for a small shop which works on a small no. of projects, you would be satisfied. However, if you need to work on harder woods, we recommend going for the Makita 2012NB.

Standard Adjustment

This comes with all the standard adjustment settings from depth stop, to removal gauge. You can accurately choose the depth, and the extra large scale makes reading more easier and cuts more accurate. The settings easily beat the lesser priced Delta 22-555, and spending 100 bucks more on theDW734 will give more accurate cuts.

Less of Snipe

Finally, the Dewalt DW734 works exceedingly well at reducing snipe, especially considering it comes under 400 bucks. The Four-column carriage lock holds the wood nicely, and this reduces snipe.

Further longer extension tables, reduce snipe at the corners. If you are upgrading from a hand planer, you must have concerns about sniping, and with the advanced technology used in this planer, you can put that worry to rest.

Cons

It is one of the noisiest planers out there. It keeps getting louder as you continue to work on the machine for longer hours. If you have a smaller shop, the noise will annoy you so buy good quality headphones.

Also with the amount of debris or dust produced, it is almost mandatory to get vacuum for your shop. The Instalment will be easy and the dust hood can easily connect with the vacuum.

It’s highly recommended for you, if….

If you have a small shop, or if you are upgrading from a hand planer this will be a great option. It has a powerful motor action, reduced snipe and better adjustment settings than most planer at this price. 

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Reviewed: In Depth analysis of the Makita KP0810

A highly acclaimed hand-planer delivers high power in a small package. It finds its purpose for both hobbyists’ woodworkers and finish carpenters. Here is our Makita KP0810 review.

Makita KP0810

Initial Impressions

It is not the lightest planer around, but with equitable weight distribution, it feels good in your hands. 7.5 AMP motor means more wood can be scraped out in a single pass. The adjustments scales are clear and with 0.1 mm increments precision is taken care off. It is a well-built machine and the drum housing is made of rigid die-cast aluminum.

Powerful Motor

TheMakita KP0810 operates with 16,000 RPM speed. The motor is also rated 7.5 AMP, and this results in more efficient consumption of power, unlike Bosch 1594K Review. With a 2-blade cutter head more wood is scraped off quickly.

Talking about capacity, in a single pass it can plane a maximum of 3-1/4 inches in width while the maximum depth of cut is 5/32 of an inch. This is quite high considering a hand-held planer and this helps you get the desired thickness in lesser no. of passes.

Precise adjustments

More accurate cut control is given to the user. The depth knob is calibrated with .1 mm movement, and this is used to get a smoother finish. Carpenters will find this extremely useful when there are working on doors or windows. The Guide Rule is average and requires some time to adjust.

Security features like spring at the bottom are present to protect the surface from the blades.

Cons

There are no major flaws with this and you get what you pay for. Using the guide will take some to get used to but once you get the hang of it, you can breeze through your planing tasks. If the cuts start getting dull or uneven, you can sharpen the blades.

Recommended For

A combination of powerful motor, precise adjustments, and durable design makes this our top recommendation for hobbyists and hand planers. Even if you are a professional, this can help you achieve small tasks and if you have to go to multiple job sites, this will be your go-to power tool.

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Reviewed: All you need to know about the Makita 2012NB Planer

The Makita 2012NB has been the leader when it comes to bench top wood planers for over a decade. So what makes this planer a standout? We find that out in our review.

Makita 2012NB Planer

Initial Impressions

With a no-load rating of 8500 RPM, the 2012NB is powered by a 15 AMP motor. It is a no-brainer that with a powerful motor like this, it will perform well with most woods (someone tested it with IPE and it handled that like a charm). Apart from that, the adjustment settings appear to be clear and the maximum width capacity is 12 inches. With regular maintenance, this will last for your years and will continue to churn out hundreds of feet of smooth wood.

Build

Makita 2012NB uses a 4-post design which balances the entire setup. The weight is distributed evenly and the structure can support heavier woods without a hiccup. The base at the bottom helps to do this, while the extension tables, ensure that the entire weight of the wood doesn’t fall on the core machine itself.

A true Powerlifter

We like to call the 2012NB a true powerlifter. It is designed and built to handle the toughest of woods. Pine, Oak, Maple and even plywood, it gives the same smooth finish. This is done through three ways. First, as discussed earlier, the weight of the machine is evenly distributed, so no single part of the machine has to bear the major brunt, and this ensures smooth passage of the wood through the planer.

Second, the 15 AMP motor is powerful and powers the cutter head with the right speed to scrape maximum wood.

And finally, the blades are well designed. With the machine, you get one single blade, but it will eventually wear it and you will need replacements. We recommend getting the Makita blades only, for best results.

It has a feed rate of 28 feet per minute, so you can have multiple passes, till the desired thickness is reached. Overall a completely smooth finish is attained. Just like a power lifter handles the weights flawlessly at every stage, the Makita 2012NB gives a clean cut right from the start till the end.

Adjustments

It has been more than 15 years since this machine was launched, and the adjustment settings are not as intuitive as some modern planers like the Dewalt DW735X but they are just as accurate. You can choose the depth of the cut, with the maximum being 1/8th of an inch. It has a depth capacity of 6 inches and if you have to make multiple passes of the wood you can use the depth stop. You can also use this to get multiple pieces of wood at the same thickness.

The Interna-Lok System works well the extension tables to reduce snipe, but it is not perfect.

Durability

A reason why Makita 2012NB wins praises from professionals and ranks better than planers like Dewalt DW734 is because of its durability. This one is ‘marathon runner’ when it comes to wood planers.

If you clean the rollers and the feed tables every 6 months, you can expect this machine to last, and last longer. John A. Martinsky, a buyer from Amazon, has been using this for 15 years now, and he puts it simply stating “It just keeps working”.

Overall, you get low-noise operation even after 10 years. Oh Yes, we completely forgot about noise. The Makita 2012NB has the lowest noise level at 83dB, so that is another commendable feature.

Cons

The machine falls behind in one area though, and it is the dreaded snipe. It isn’t that bad, but slightly deeper cuts near the edges, prevent a 100% smooth finish. You can try the common snipe protection technique of raising the wood while feeding it in and do the same while it’s coming out. But this takes a hit on the speed of your work and makes planing a two-man job.

However, if you are fine with this little flaw, you would absolutely love this.

Recommended For

This planer comes at a price close to 550 bucks. It ain’t cheap, but you get way more than what you pay for. Considering its durability, it will prove to be a very smart investment. We recommend this for woodworkers with dedicated shops and who work on projects on a daily basis. The quality is top-notch and just like hundreds of owners of Makita 2012NB, you won’t have any complaints.

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Our Reviews: Is the DEWALT DW735X 13″ Planer really the best?

A bestseller on Amazon, the Dewalt DW735X is a clear fan favorite. Here’s our complete review of the Dewalt DW735X for 2016!

Dewalt has been making quality power tools for quite some time, and this joins the same bandwagon. It is one of the more expensive planers out there and is the price justified, let’s find that out in our review.

DEWALT DW735X

Initial Impressions

With a 15 AMP, 20000 RPM motor it has all the power in the bank to perform as a complete beast.

Two-speed settings should give better control and you can both get a smooth finish and at the same time scrape out a lot of wood quickly.

The dust collection is well executed and with added extension tables, the problem of sniping will be minimal.

Build

DW735X uses a 19-3/4” cast aluminium which is claimed to be 2 times more rigid than any other planer in the market. The design is well executed and the four screws on the edges give solid support.

The finish on the exterior is smooth and the plates are completely flat with the right thickness to support the heaviest of woods. The knives used are premium quality and last longer.

Overall, it is a well-built machine both from the inside and the outside.

Great Cut Quality

Dewalt has used a more efficient motor that gives a cutter head a speed of 10000 RPM. This gives faster results and beats Makita 2012NB (with 8500 RPM) in terms of performance.

But more RPM doesn’t always mean better quality, and this model comes with more control to the user. You get 2-speed settings, one with 96 CPI and second with 179 CPI.

The second obviously scrapes more wood and you can quickly get the desired thickness with lesser passes. Speed 1 gives a much better finish and can be used for the final pass.

The knives are double-edged and changing them is a breeze. If the cuts start getting dull you can rub em with a sandpaper, however, you should get replacements once the quality deteriorates further and sharpening doesn’t work. 

The extension tables (which separates the DW735X from DW735) reduces the snipe you get the cleaner cuts even at the corners. 

Accurate Adjustments

You can get precise cuts with proper adjustment settings. Get your desired depth with a big wheel on the left. (1 rotation = 1/16th of an inch). The depth stop ensures that cuts don’t get deeper than what you desired.

Also, the gauge bar is full width (13”) so if you are using narrower woods you can pass them at any position. The automatic carriage lock further works to reduce snip.

Dust Control

With a fan-assisted system, the chips are exhausted out of the machine. This stops the cutter head from jamming and no dust is present on the fed wood.

But this will still create a huge mess in your shop, and it’s highly recommended to get a vacuum system to collect the dust.

Cons

With such powerful motor and cutting action, it goes without saying that the machine makes a lot of noise. You will need good quality ear protection.

Recommended For

Apart from that this planer is expensive. At the time of review, it is available at a pretty inexpensive price tag. This restricts if for a professional woodworker who works on projects on a daily basis.

But even then, is it worth the investment? Well, in your opinion Yes.

The smooth finish is comparable to the $2000 industrial-grade planers and with better control over the cuts, you can get more work done quickly.

With better finish, the value of your end-product will be higher, and with a 3-year warranty, you are protected from any faults that may occur.

Also, it comes with extra pair of knives included which normally cost around 50-75 bucks when bought separately.

But if you are hobbyists, we won’t recommend this and you should probably go for the Delta 22-540 or the Makita KP0810.

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