Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 61
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by onagapetep Don't Waste Your Money
I'm not anti-DeWalt. And I know that benchtop tools generally aren't meant for any kind of heavy use or high degree of accuracy. But this planer...it's garbage when trying to plane anything but tiny slivers of soft wood. 6" wide maple, cherry and walnut, even when taking off the smallest amount of lumber possible - like making 16 passes to take off 1/16", turning the crank 1/16 each pass - the motor bogs down, the planer jams, the rollers stop feeding the wood through and instead just cook it...if l could do it all over again, I'd but any other planer out there but this one. The results are horrible and it takes forever to get them.
April 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sarge Pretty good so far, but sending the wrong handle attachment screw seems ridiculous.
So far I am enjoying my new planer. I was disappointed that they included a screw that is too short to attach the adjustment handle. I also thought it was very poor planing to have the dust port attachment screws so difficult to get lined up because there is not room to hold a screwdriver at the proper angle when screwing the side screws in. This makes it a giant hassle if you ever want to fold up the rear table. Other than those 2 small flaws, I am digging it so far. Very clean cuts. and will do the job for me.
May 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike So Far So Good
Ok I bought this machine so I could mill the exotic hardwoods you cant buy in the big box stores. I am an advanced intermediated woodworker, I've been doing this on and off for 30 years. This is not a commercial machine, so if you are the full time woodworker (doing this for a living) this is not the machine for you. You need to invest in a commercial product that can handle that type of work load.
I have never used a thickness planer. Due to the limited videos on YouTube, very few were clear on how to properly use this planer. I took an online course that instructed you on how to mill your own lumber. It was very extensive, easy to follow and only cost $19.
The machine was easy to set up. As for anyone that complained about the dust cover screws they are easily accessible. I used past wax on all the tables.
I planed two 4/4 by 8 rough sawn Walnut 30 inches long. I followed the course to a T, and had no issues. I jointed one side flat before running through the planer. At no time did I remove more than 1/32nd of material on each pass, I was in no rush. Both boards came out the same thickness with no snipe. I also allowed the blades to cool periodically during operation. Just like drill bits used in hardwoods they will burn and dull and so will these blades.
When complete I wiped everything down and vacuumed out he saw dust, if you take care of this machine it should last you awhile. I know I haven't run a 100 board feet through this like some people but again I am not a commercial business and for the money this is a great machine.
December 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zach11 Dewalt planer review
I purchased this as the economical option to Dewalt's other planer, and I am very impressed. While is lacks the two speed option offered on the other planer I have not had a time when I thought that would be necessary, seeing the quality of the cut and the fact that I can hardly keep up feeding in boards as it is! I had some snipe on a couple of boards, but realized that I did not lock the carriage and completely removed it. Only negative thing I have to say is that if you cannot fold the out feed table up on the backside without removing the dust chute, which is held in place with screws, which I prefer if you do not move it around, but would get in the way if you want to fold up often.
February 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nooch Overall a great planer
I had a delta 22-540 that I used for a couple years before selling to upgrade to this machine. I chose this machine because of the 3 cutter heads rather than the 2 I've been using. I mainly use walnut, pine, maple and cedar and the end result with all of them is excellent, the boards come out smooth, a quick sand and they're ready to go. It's simple to use and all the features are great.
I didn't give it 5 stars for these reasons: #1 when the wood is rough cut on both sides, sometimes it gets stuck while feeding and I have to push/pull it to keep it going and no, I'm not trying to take off too much. I know the wheels are turning because it leaves a black smudge where the feed wheels are turning on the wood. Once the bottom side is planed, it feeds much smoother. #2 like i said I had the delta for 2 years and never had an issue with power but this machine has seized on me twice and I've only had it for about a month. I quickly realized that a 1/32 is the MOST you want to take off at a time specially with a harder wood like walnut. #3 this is just an annoyance for me, not so much a problem, I wish the dust collector it came with shot straight back instead of to the left.
Like i said though, overall it's an excellent planer and you won't be disappointed. It's an expensive piece but you'll enjoy it.
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BDRoth Just what I needed
I am an intermediate woodworker and turn out 6 or so substantial projects a year plus a handful of smaller pieces. I typically start with boards roughly the thickness I need for the project, .i.e. 4/4, 6/4 S2S so not doing a lot of planning, but this machine has been invaluable with cleanup and taking the board down to 3/4", 1", etc. Also, for planning 1/4 and 1/2" drawer stock from resawn boards. Leaves a clean smooth face. No snipe. I do not plane more than maybe 1/32" at a time. Takes a few passes, but zips right through and does not bog down on hardest woods. If you are looking to hog off a lot of hardwood stock quickly, you need a bigger machine. If you are looking for light, medium duty, this is the one.
December 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by intdesigner2000 Awesome results and a super time saver
An expensive addition to our workshop, but totally worth it. The amount of time saved + the high quality result = money well spent.
We salvage wood from pallets. We started out using a hand planer and sander to get the boards smooth. Let's just say this tool revolutionized what we're doing to achieve smooth, uniform thickness boards! The boards come out amazingly smooth, I think we jumped up and down a little when we fed our first board through.
I would give this tool 4.5 stars, ONLY because the shavings get clogged up quite a bit. So i went on the plus side of that and gave it 5 stars.
November 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SjmRhoads UNBELIEVABLE.....AWESOME RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
I am a INTERMIEDIATE woodworker.....NOT a pro, NOT a novice. This planer is over the top and SO MUCH MORE that I expected. I tried some test pieces, and just like that SMOOTH as GLASS. Hook up your shop vac to the chip collector, and 95% of the chips are removed from the work area. MOST IMPORTANT RECCOMENDATION.....KNOW YOUR WOOD GRAIN, especially for the hardwoods like MAPLE, OAK, and WALNUT....DO NOT plane wood against the grain, it's more likely to chip out on you. If you are not familiar, go to your lumberyard and the will be happy to show you. This is a great middle pricepoint buy. I did not want to spend big bucks, but I wanted quality, and I AM SOOOO GLAD I WENT WITH THIS MODEL..... AAAAAAAAA+
December 5, 2012