DW734 vs DW735 planer

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Forum topic by Rainer93 posted 02-13-2016 04:48 PM 9779 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2016 04:48 PM

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Just looking to get some opinions on these two planers. I am fairly new to woodworking but want to get away from paying a lot extra for dimensioned lumber so I’ve decided I’m going to get a planer to dress my own. I am planning to make a jig to joint faces using the planer. I can get the DW 734 for $509 CAD and the DW 735 for $589 CAD. Would the added features and extra 1/2 inch be worth it in the long run? Are the extension tables worth it for the 735? Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-13-2016 05:14 PM

If you have the extra money, get the 735. If not, the 734 will work fine, but not as nice.

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 05:22 PM

Get the 735, the dual speed is really nice and one day you will want that extra inch. I made my own extension tables.

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 05:30 PM

The price difference is usually a lot larger, making the 734 an appealing value for a tight budget…but not in this case. For that difference in price, I’d definitely go with the 735. The 735 has the built in chip ejector, should hold value better, has 2 speeds, great track record, etc.

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#4 posted 02-13-2016 06:18 PM

I have the 734 and if I was doing it again right now, I’d get the 735. Surprisingly I’ve found the blades are usually cheaper and more readily available for the 735. Many times I’ve wished for another 1/2” but if I had it, I’d still want more. There is more to go wrong with the 735, but it’s no less reliable and the two speed feed is nice for making ultra fine finishes if the blades are sharp. Most of the time the 735 doesn’t come with the extension tables (they’re built into the 734) and they’re usually expensive, but I wouldn’t do without. That price difference is little compared to what I’m used to seeing, how much more are the extension tables?

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#5 posted 02-13-2016 07:27 PM

The extension tables are $75 CAD and the 735x with the tables and spare blades is $679CAD. thanks for the input so far!

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 08:11 PM

I just bought the 735 from Max tools. I got the 735x. It has the extension tables and extra set of blades. Free shipping, no tax….$599. I just tried it 2 days ago. WOW! amazing.

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 08:37 PM

Buy the DeWalt stand for it also. Very sturdy and mobile.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 01:54 AM

Funny you should mention this comparison – the current issue of Fine Woodworking has a benchtop planer tool test.

The DW735 won best overall. The Rigid lunchbox planer won best value, the DW 734 received good reviews.

Pros for DW735 = best final surfaces of the group. Has an internal blower to help with chip collection, easy to attach 4” dust hose. Knife change process is well thought out – comes with a magnetic wrench to help you.

Price difference in US is $250, so if the difference is even less in Canada, seems like a steal (if not already obvious – I own the 735x and love it.)

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 03:18 AM

I’ve used both and the 735x is a nice kit. I have an older Delta X5 15” 3HP planer and I often wish I had a 735x with helical head for the fine/small stuff. It’s only real limitation is the width of stock as it performs as well as big old iron for most things.

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 03:38 AM

I have the 735x and its awesome. the chip ejector can inflate the filter bag on my harbor freight dust collector by itself. for the minimal price difference i would go for the 735. the indeed and outfield tables are nice to have. I’ve never used mine without them so I have noting to compare it to. Never had any snipe either.

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 03:56 AM

I have no experience with the 734 as I bought the 735. I like it a lot. However, I paid about 525 USD and it came with the extension tables and a spare set of blades. It wasn’t an internet purchase or even a sale price, just the price my (somewhat) local woodworking supply store was selling it for. Evidently, I got a good buy.

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 08:58 PM

I have a 735 and really like it. Good power, very low snipe and easy change blades. My only complaint is that it is REALLY loud. I know, all planers are loud, but this one really screams. I don’t know much about the 734 except it looks more light duty then the 735. For the relatively few extra bucks, I would go larger.

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 09:02 PM

The extension tables are $75 CAD and the 735x with the tables and spare blades is $679CAD. thanks for the input so far!

- Rainer93

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#14 posted 02-14-2016 11:10 PM

I have always found the 735 overated the blades dull quickly both planers are good for balsa wood

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#15 posted 02-15-2016 12:23 AM

I’m still on my first set of blades (flipped once), and I haven’t been easy on them. They stay plenty sharp enough for me. Probably about time to swap blades though.

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