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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cstar, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. cstar


    Dec 21, 2011
    I'm in need of a small planer to process some rough sawn 2" ash and cherry that was given to me. I was using a router on a jig to plane before but this is a decent amount of wood and I really need a planer anyway. None of the wood is beyond, say, 10" wide and 2" thick.

    What brands/models would you reccomend to me? Thanks.
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I have a Ryobi 12" that has worked well for me. It must be 20 years old by now.
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  4. cstar


    Dec 21, 2011
    I see that home depot carries a Ryobi 13" that has good reviews.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Should I be concerned about the ability of a cheap planer to handle harder woods, like Northern ash and maple?
  5. cstar


    Dec 21, 2011
    Huh, ok thanks. Looks well built. A little bit more than what I'd be looking to spend probably, but I do want something that will hold up for a few years
  6. oops sorry op
  7. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Not with sharp blades and light passes.
  8. That Ryobi is a good plainer.

  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have a Ridgid planer, its a great tool, but I rarely use it. I usually just resaw with my band saw then use my drum sander. The drum sander has a much larger capacity.
  10. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    the DW 735 linked by tjclem is great. I use a DW 734 that has been great to me. I have used it with oak, maple, most recently black locust which is super tough and I was sure it was going to kill the blades, but I left them in, and it continued on to run several 10"+ wide cherry boards without blinking, for a bookshelf I am finishing up.
  11. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    one thing you will find if you read some of the planer tool tests by fine woodworking and others, is that you get a much better planed finish when using dust collection, no matter what model planer you are using. So if you don't have a dust collector yet, might want to plan for one. more importantly, it is not good to breathe wood dust!
  12. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I have a 12.5" Porter-Cable from Lowe's. I think it cost me $280 and change. It leaves a beautiful polished surface on the planed wood.
  13. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    I got very luck I got a used small delta on craigslist for $125 but those are far and few between.
  14. CholisGuitars


    Mar 30, 2013
    I too have the dewalt. I used to have a delta. Both good machines. Dust collection is a must unless you're using it outside.
  15. mrz2u


    May 10, 2012
    I would keep an eye on craigslist. Patience and you can find a deal. Make sure you can still get factory knives for what you find out there though. If you cant and have to go custom then your "deal" ceases to be so!