Planers--both handheld power planes and stationary thickness planers--make us thankful once again for electricity. Think of the labor savings these tools offer on the job site and in the shop. And whether they're used for shaving off mill markings, hanging a door, or smoothing rough-sawn beams, there's no doubt they expand the versatility of any carpenter or cabinetmaker.
New Design: The Kickstand
Portable Planers: Microadjustment and Less Snipe
* Includes an extra set of knives and dust hood, an $84.99 value
From the Manufacturer
What Customers Said:
I've had mine for almost a month now. Have planed over 200 feet of air dried, 6" wide, rough sawn red oak. The first set of blades are dull enough to change. I am very happy with this tool so far. The dust hood is definitely a must, and I feel it should be included with the planer. The only minor problem that I have encountered, is that the infeed rollers get dirty quick and begin to slip. But with a little shove, the wood is on its way again.
I purchased my planer about 3 months ago and have used it on approximatly 300 board feet of oak and maple and I am still on the first set, first side of the blades. I compared planers for about 2 months, read Wood Mag. reviews and decided on the DeWalt. There is little of no snipe due to the extra long infeed and outfeed tables. It was easy to set up because you take it out of the box, unfold the tables, plug it in and your in business. I really enjoy the thickness indicator that tells you how much wood you are removing. I would recommend this machine to anyone who does a lot of planning.
If a woodchuck could chuck wood
I like this planer just fine. However I must admit that this is the only one I have ever used. I had a friend who had a maple tree fall in his yard. We went our and ripped about 40, 12" x 30" x 3" blocks with our chain saws. (without a ripping chain). The blocks were in terrible shape. I have run these through this planner and now have 40 pieces of 1" x12"x30 beautiful marbled maple. I had to run each piece through about 20- 25 times to get all the chain saw marks out. So I would guess that is about 2500 board feet of nasty rock hard maple. NO PROBLEM. This thing is like a ginsui knife, I took one of the pieces and ran it through to see how fine I could finish it, a buddy of mine needed a custom size cutting board for his kitchen cabinet. I hardly need to sand it when I was done. The one problem I had was when I bought it the screw that holds the handle on was not long enough and I stripped the hole, but it stays on with gravity just fine. I Also would like two speeds, as with most of my reviews this is my fault for not spending the money.
Great Litte Machine!
You will be hard pressed to find a planer that will do a better job than this DW733. Set up was a snap, maybe an hour to remove from the box and double check all adjustments. If you do the basics - keep knives sharp, in and out tables adjusted properly and provide support for long pieces - this machine will give you great results. Snipe is minimal to non-existant. The dust hood & my 650cfm dust collector eliminates 95% of all chips.
I bought this planer 10 months ago and just got around to using it.
I am impressed! Set up was easy right out of the box. The planer makes
super smooth cuts with no snipe. Dewalt has upgraded to a 3 knife model,
but it is hard to see how they could improve on this one. The dust hood
does a good job with my shop vac attached with very few chips ending
up on the table.
A RUGGED MACHINE
Compared to other portable planers I have used in the past, this one seems to be the most solidly built. I have owned this tool for well over 5 years now and I can honestly say that it was put through its pace and then some. There are nonetheless a few problems with it, one of them being clogging and that happens generally with green woods and wider boards; something that can be remedeed with a dust collection system. My main issue with this machine is with the feed rollers that seize and can create havoc. Hard to reach bushings with no grease fittings just ask for trouble. The chain and sproket assembly also gets filled with shavings and need to be cleaned regularly (Another hard to reach place). On the older models like mine, the scale is practically impossible to read, but on the other hand, the old foldable crank handle is much better than the new one that always sticks out and ends up broken. Providing this tool is used for what it is intended to, it is a crisp planer that yields excellent results. The column lock is good at preventing sniping (but watch for your knuckles with thicker stock, that lever can bite!) In my opinion, a few minor refinements and a major bearing job on the rollers would turn this planer into a serious tool. Also, I much prefer the resharpenable knifes over the new disposable ones in the new model, even if it's only two instead of three.
* 12 volt
From the Manufacturer
How sweet it is
I am sorry I didn't buy this tool sooner. It does a beautiful job. I have the big Dewalt power plane with a 7+ Amp motor. It has a lot of power for hogging out material but the chute doesn't keep up. It clogs pretty easily . Then there's the cord. Have you ever been in the middle of a crucial cut and the stinking cord hangs up on you creating a nice divot or burn mark on your piece. That problem is a thing of the past now. I hesitated to buy this little planer , thinking it wouldn't have enough power to be useful. Boy was I wrong. It totally surprized me how nicely it glides through the material . It is so light and easy to control .You never have to check the cord or grit your teeth and hope it's long enough. It won't clog up like the big Dewalt does. The fence is well made and makes accurate cuts easier. The reversible carbide blades are great. There is a chamfer groove built into the front shoe like on others'.It Does anything any other power plane will do. It's just better because it's cordless. The battery lasts quite a long time. If mine walked off the job tomorrow , I would be ordering a new one the same day.
* 6 amp motor
From the Manufacturer
plenty of power
I bought this planer about 3 months ago. I have been using it to flatten pine logs after ripping them with a chain saw, even set at full depth it doesn't bog down.Good value.
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