Excellent planer, but get the extended tables

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Review by Vrtigo1 posted 08-05-2010 04:37 PM 4348 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first planer, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it works great. All of the controls are easy to use, two speeds (different # of CPI for dimensioning or finishing). I like the fact that the cutter head is connected to the base with 4 risers instead of two like the DW734 and DW733 as well as the Ridgid and Ryobi planers they carry at Lowes and Home Depot. The depth adjustment is extremely easy to use and once I set it, it hasn’t moved once.

The top is easy to remove using the included wrench that stores in a recess located on the top of the machine. I haven’t had to change the blades yet, but it doesn’t appear to be difficult.

The machine is heavy – it is still portable, but it’s not something that I’d want to move every day. When I’m not using mine, I store it on a shelf below my workbench and I usually have someone help me lift it to the table top if there’s someone nearby.

This thing generates a TON of wood chips, probably the most of any tool in my shop. I made the mistake of running it without any dust collection right after I got it to try it out, and spent the next half hour sweeping my entire shop.

I use mine with a 4” flex hose directly connected to my DC and it catches 100% of the chips and about 90% of the dust. I haven’t tried using it with a shopvac, but I doubt it could keep up with the volume of chips this thing spits out.

The quality of the cut is very good, but I do end up with snipe on the end of boards. DeWalt makes an accessory kit that has extended in/outfeed tables, and I’d highly recommend them. I’d almost say that they should be included in the box.

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 05:04 PM

Thanks for the review.

I agree with you about the extension tables. They are worth the money.

As for chip collection, I made one of these. I don’t have a dust collector and my shop vac is too small for the amount of chips this planer produces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 05:04 PM

I have an older Ryobi model, and fine tuning the performance of that depended heavily on proper setting of the in/out tables. This model is definitely sweet, better than mine, but the snipe is not surprising. If you’re not so concerned about portability, you can set up your planer with long and rigid in/out tables – much longer and more rigid than the ones they will sell you. you can set them to be exactly coplanar with the planer bed, and your snipe will disappear. I’m even thinking of doing that with mine – removing the factory tables and building my own. check the archives here – lots of people have done similar things.

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 05:41 PM

I have heard great thins about this planner, ther only knock on it was the longevity of the knifes, I know there are a lot of companies that make replacement knifes for them, but has anyone had this problem?

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 06:43 PM

I have one of these also and the knives have been very durable – they’ve well outlasted the jointer knives on the same wood. However, I see this machine as a “lightweight” portable and finishing planer and I take very light cuts and more of them. If I have to match pieces to previously dimensioned stock I measure the boards with a caliper for the last pass and set the cut with my dial indicator – the planer will give me a match within a mill or two.

I also have the accessory infeed and outfeed tables and they are very convenient. The best help you can give yourself to eliminate snipe, though, is to just hold up the boards yourself until they are well into the maching (fully controlled by the fore and aft rollers) and then hold up the board on the outfeed side through the completion of the cut. If you do this reasonable well you probbaly won’t even need the additional tables.


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#5 posted 08-05-2010 07:14 PM

For replacement knives for the Dewalt check this out they make both a HSS and Carbide tipped set of knives for it. I havent tried a set yet but they will be going on once the originals give up the ghost.


-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 07:59 PM

I have no doubt that this is a very good planer. I have had the 733 for about 10 years and it has performed flawlessly. I’ve looked at the 735 and I can see noticeable improvements over the 733.

However, if the 733 ever failed me, I think I would get the 734. As good as the 735 is, for me, it is hard to justify the extra cost.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 08:04 PM

I have this planer too and it has served me well for just over a year now. Good luck!

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 08:18 PM

I love my 735. I agree that the outfeed tables should come with the planer. That is my one big complaint with DeWalt tools. Seems like most of thier tools I buy have some accessory like the outfeed tables or a dust collection adapter that you have to buy seperately. These things are ALWAYS special order items!

-- Tony -

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 09:30 PM

I brush my wood with a wire brush to get off silica and debris that might damage the thin blades. So far so good.

Chip blower coupled with the DC is awesome.

I ordered the extension tables and matching cart from Grizzly to make it easily portable in the shop. I found that if I adjust the outer ends of the extension tables up a little bit it will take the snipe out, so that all you have to do is start it in the feeder and catch it on the outfeed end or make sure it gets on the roller stand correctly.

I too only take minimal passes, usually a little less than 1/32.

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 07:32 AM

I have one with the extension tables. It’s great!
I take light passes and have not noticed any snipes.
the integrated chip blower coupled with a dust collector take care of every chip.

Love it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 08-07-2010 01:38 AM

I have one with the extension tables, and have had no instaces of snipe. What a great tool! For the chip generation, I’ve connected this and all my tools to my DC, with a thein baffled 30 gallon garbage can, with extraordinary results.

I made mine very tight to the side of the can, and sealed the MDF top after I grooved it. The result is i get NO dust or particles in the DC bag, but have filled the can twice now. An additional benefit is there is little dust escaping into the air. You can find details on the baffle design here:

Hope this is of help.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#12 posted 08-07-2010 03:22 AM

I’ve had my 735 for four years and have had very good luck with it. If there was anything I dislike it’s like everything else DeWalt has, the repair parts are expensive. A set of blades is 54 bucks! A bit pricey for three little strips of metal. In spite of using a wire brush AND a metal detector I managed to wipe out a knife.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 07:04 PM

I have the single speed model and love it. Going to have to order the replacement blade Chrisforheor mentions.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 08-23-2010 11:54 PM


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