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Posted on DW735 13" Planer. Aftermarket Knives

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#1 posted 02-26-2019 12:22 PM

I think the lesson to be learned here is that not everyone has the same expectations of their 735 blades. If you want to be able to take a board off the planer and not have to do anything else to the surface then the more expensive options might be for you. If you run hard woods through your planer maybe a helix head is the best option.

I’m very satisfied with mine. I’ve had a 735 for a while now (years) and I am on my second set of blades. Sure I get some ridges here and there but I sand everything out anyway so it isn’t really an issue. I can tell when the blades start getting dull because the sound level increases and so does the tone of the cutters. I run a decent amount of cherry, walnut and maple through it. I can go through a lot of sets of blades before I start getting close to the cost of the aftermarket helix or carbide blades.

Still, IMO, the 735 is THE BEST lunch box planer out there.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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