13" thickness planer experiences/recommendations

I am in the market for a thickness planer for my workshop. I am wanting to hear about experiences and/or recommendations (good or bad) before I buy one. Thanks!

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Same. My pops bought me a central machinery from HF years ago and it’s done mostly what I need to, but the steel knives wear out too fast, a blade broke off the impeller (still evacuates if i hook up the dc, though) and it simply doesn’t have the power to cut hickory effectively (i think i made 20 passes or so to cut 1/8 in).

Also, Hey Tom, whats up? Lol.

Harbor Freight now has a Bauer model that I am considering.

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So I am starting to reconsider harbor Freight. I was considering their routers and someone here said they had runout issues on a few of them.
If that is the case, imagine a planer with runout issues.

So, I got this one back at Christmas time (present for me, from me!!): https://www.amazon.com/WEN-PL1326-13-Inch-Benchtop-Thickness/dp/B08NWF6P3Q/ref=sr_1_2?crid=361R2HNM0D0VQ&keywords=wen+13+inch+planer&qid=1662568647&sprefix=wen+13%2Caps%2C101&sr=8-2

It works pretty good (no real major issues). I get a little bit of snipe and have been fighting that, but most of what I’m planing has enough for cut off and/or I can sand it out. I like the spiral cutter (individual blades that have 2 sides to help ease of changing). Other than that, I have no complaints and it does what I need to (have a bunch of Maple slabs that have been drying in my garage that cleans up nice with the planer!). This is listed for more than what I paid, but is an option.


I’ve found good deals on durable, brand name planers used on sites like craigslist. The two I bought needed new blades but they were a great both great deals.

This is the other planer that I am looking at. The snipe is not due to dull cutters is it? I noticed that the replacement cutters come in 10-pack while the machine uses 26 cutters in a spiral pattern.

I was looking at the Dewalt 735 but I saw several bad reviews on it.

My cheapie Harbor freight planer gave up the ghost, and I’ve been researching what to replace it with. Compared to other tools, I found a surprising number of head-to-head reviews of tabletop planers, some in great detail. In all the reviews, the Dewalt DW735X was declared “the best.” The ‘X’ means it comes with the infeed and outfeed tables, which apparently makes a huge quality difference, as well as an extra set of knives. The three cons of this machine:

  • Has greater snipe than most of the others
  • Pulls more current, so a 20A breaker (US) is suggested
  • Is a $$$ option.

I’ve been doing mostly laser work, and the price of the Dewalt is high for my hobbyist needs, so I’ve delayed making a decision/purchase.

No, it is still pretty much brand new, so the cutters better not be dull already. The replacements may come in a 10 pack, and though it has 26 cutters all together, you should only have to replace those that get nicked or get dull. Each cutter also 2 sharp sides, so at first all you would have to do is rotate to the good side if one (or more) go bad.

I think the snipe is something that most fight with in a planer, and it is due to the infeed/outfeed tables and getting them on the right level to keep the board from pushing up as it enters and exits the planer. I would have to look it up again, but I found a youtubes video of a guy who used a piece of melamine and built a “table” for his planer, and totally got rid of the infeed/outfeed tables. He lost a little bit of cutting distance (3/4" I think), but he claims he has no snipe what so ever. I have been meaning to try it, but life…

I purchased the first Dewalt 735 to arrive at my local Lowes back when they were first introduced. Although I’m a hobbyist woodworker I do plane many board feet of wood. After many years, I burned up the motor and bought another DW735. Because my garage workshop is detached from the house. I only hace 120v service so more powerful 220v options are off the table so I sprung for a Shellex head for the Dewalt and it’s AMAZING, Worth every penny. Now I have a planer with built in dust extraction (I don’t run the fan on the dust collector) 2 speeds, and with the Shellex head, signiifcantly reduced noise and power draw along with less tear-out on wild grain and figured wood. I used to have a 10 inch Ryobi (30 years ago) but it was barely more than a toy.

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