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Dewalt Planer:: Indestructible!
on 26 July 2015
Been using this planer for a couple of months now after a cheap wickes planer died early in a house renovation. It's been used for hanging doors (internal and external) cutting shelves and oak sleepers in the garden) and has simply devoured everything I've thrown at it. It's actually made me lazy trimming doors as I no longer bother to saw the bottom off doors first - why get out a saw when this beast can comfortably take off 4mm each pass! PS: 4mm isn't a marketing number either - it carves through pine and oak doors at 4mm as easily as 1mm.
It's heavy and with the dust bag attached it's big. The dust bag can be mounted on either the left or the right of the planer and it does a remarkably good job of catching most of the dust and chips so you can use this indoors. Under normal use the bag will last about a door before filling. At 4mm though 1 pass along the long edge of a door will more than half fill the bag. The top of the dust bag is clear so you can see how full it is at all times and it's a doddle to remove/empty. Just lift the handle on the opposite side of the planer and the bag lifts out. If you do run the bag to the point of overflowing you'll know about it as it will spit the chips forwards and you'll realise how much the bag is catching for you! Running overflowed can pack the chute feeding the bag with shavings but it's easy to clear (turn power off first before sticking finger in of course). If you're outside or mess isn't an issue you can just remove the bag entirely and let the chip fly. I use the bag anyway and just keep a bin bag handy as it's soooo much less mess to sweep up.
The cord is great. It's 4 metres longf soft rubberised cable. Everything comes in a generously sized Dewalt tough case that makes packing up easy, without having to mess around wrapping cables perfectly. The depth adjuster is the handle/knob up front and gives 0.1mm increments and the drum blades cut 82mm wide beams in a single pass. I've not managed to get the thermal protection to kick in or make it struggle even after heavy use (4mm passes on oak posts) so it's built to survive heavier work than I give it.
I've added a few pictures to give you a sense of scale and how it all plugs together. Hopefully its helpful for someone. :)