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    Default Thickness planer

    Any recommendations for a reasonably priced electric thickness planer?

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    I don't have one, and I don't plan to buy one, but I research everything before I buy.

    EDIT: Well, that didn't work. I posted links to reviews of thickness planers, but the links looked like spam. Trying again

    https://www.toolboxbuzz.com/head-to-...-head-to-head/
    https://lumber.org/thickness-planers...nchtop-planers
    https://craftsmanprotools.com/best-b...laner-reviews/
    https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwor...nchtop-planers
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    My local tool store has this rather expensive cutter head upgrade for the DeWalt DW735.
    I have a spiral cutter head on my bench top Jointer Planer and this would make the DeWalt
    the Cadillac of portable Thickness planers.

    https://www.busybeetools.com/product...walt-13in.html
    Last edited by prd; 09-30-2020 at 08:49 AM.

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    I know a cople luthiers here use Grizzly. They also sell Dewalt products I think. It may be because the headquarters is out of their hometownof Bellingham, Wa., but they seem to like them.

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    I have the dewalt in the last image. It's a very nice tool. Not really of use in instrument building in my opinion. I used mine for location work for finishing high end homes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Smith View Post
    Not really of use in instrument building in my opinion.
    Agreed. I had a planer with a spiral head. It tended to tear wood with any sort of figure and it was difficult to make thin plates even with a sled. Sure, there are times when it's necessary to make a board flat but this can be done with a jointer, which can also do other useful things.

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    I've been glancing at this thread wondering how a thickness planer fits into a luthier's shop. If I want something significantly thinner I resaw it. If I want it only a little thinner, I put it through the drum sander (which tends to handle figured or very thin wood much better than a planer). And I also have a router planing fixture for times when neither of those methods work. I've never even thought about needing a thickness planer. What are you all using planers for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwizum View Post
    I've been glancing at this thread wondering how a thickness planer fits into a luthier's shop. If I want something significantly thinner I resaw it. If I want it only a little thinner, I put it through the drum sander (which tends to handle figured or very thin wood much better than a planer). And I also have a router planing fixture for times when neither of those methods work. I've never even thought about needing a thickness planer. What are you all using planers for?
    If you want to hog wood off on a thickness drum sander eg: Jet 10-20...Just fit it with the 36G sanding belt and turn the dust extractor full on 6mm a pass no problem.
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    I had the best DeWalt one but didn't use it in 5 years, so sold it.
    I prefer to use my #7 plane.

    I'd not recommend using a planer for backs, sides, tops etc

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    I have a Dewalt planer that I use frequently. Just yesterday I used it to thickness a couple dozen 3/8” rough ebony finger boards. While I had it out I ran several mahogany boards to 1/4” in preparation for making kerfings. It’s much faster and cleaner than using 36 grit in the drum sander. I certainly don’t use it for koa though because of the problem with tear outs, only for clear wood.
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