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Forum topic by gdiddy13 posted 12-19-2016 03:35 PM 1134 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2016 03:35 PM

I’ll keep it short.

I’m a beginner woodworker, and have determined at this point that a planer is next on the list for me. I don’t do large projects, and wouldn’t necessarily push the planer to extremes.

I’m down to these

or the Dewalt 734 or 735?

other than reading the information for each product I’m not sure the benefits or minuses of each and/or it would be better to purchase a Dewalt so that I can go to homedepot should I have answers?

Thanks for any help

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 03:46 PM

For what it’s worth, no one at Home Depot will have any clue about the planers. You could take it back to return if needed there, however.

I went with a Dewalt 735. It’s the best of the “portable” lunchbox planers. I originally tried the Rigid R4331, but killed 2 in 2 weeks (the second didn’t make it an hour). Switched to the Dewalt and have had no problems since.

No experience with the Grizzly planer, however.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 04:16 PM

I have had the Ridgid R4330 for ~5yr and it has worked well for me. Had to replace bad switch recently, but that went well. I originally chose Ridgid because of their Lifetime Service Agreement, HOWEVER, my nearest service center is now almost 200mi. away. Used to have one ~30mi from home, but not anymore!

The DeWalt planers have their own “Manufacturer’s Warranty”, but just like the Ridgid, not serviced locally, so I wouldn’t depend on Home Depot to help out here (other than their 90day return policy).

All that being said, IMO buy the best planer you can afford in order to minimize the chances of purchasing a poor product.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 04:38 PM

Go with the Dewalt 735 and don’t look back. It is reliable and performs well. You will not be sorry.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 06:34 PM

I have a Dewalt 735 and like it very much. I’ve found it to be a very useful machine.

FYI, the Dewalt 735 has a powerful built in blower. I connect mine directly to a dust collector bag via 4” flexible hose. I use q quick connect on it, so I can quickly unsnap the bag for emptying and storage. It works very well. The bag I got is quite large at around 50 gal.

This setup works very well, no vacuum is needed.

Keep in mind the Dewalt 735 is portable, but just barely. It weighs around 90 lbs. So yeah, it’s not a floor standing planer weighing hundreds of pounds, but it’s not something you just throw under the workbench when not in use. I built a rolling storage cabinet for mine.

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-- Clin

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 07:25 PM

Take a look at a Rigid. They have a lifetime warranty.
I had a Delta and could not get away from the snipe with it and i saw a guy making signs with no snipe using the Rigid planer and so I bought one many years ago. I use it all the time and I love it.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-20-2016 01:44 AM

I’m not so sure how great that Ridgid warranty really is, and I have a lot of Ridgid stuff. My suggestion is to buy the Dewalt 735. I have one and think it’s great. It’s definitely the best of the ‘lunchbox’ planers.

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#7 posted 12-20-2016 02:42 AM

I just bought a DeWalt 735x and got to use it for a few hours yesterday. It’s awesome! Buy direct from Amazon and you’ll get it for $499 -$25 subtracted in the cart. Best price around! (Not a third-party seller; check close, they’ve been in and out of stock through Amazon for several weeks). As I write this, they say they have two left.

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#8 posted 08-28-2019 05:02 PM

An old post, but I recently bought the makita 2012 and am happy with it. It has two blades as opposed to dewalts three, but they are double edged, so you can flip them and carry on; whereas the dewalts are not. The anti-snipe feature on the makita does what its supposed to, and of all the machines in this range, the makita is the quietest db-wise. You almost, almost, dont need to wear hearing protection.

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#9 posted 08-28-2019 05:15 PM

I traded out my rigid, and picked up another 735, and also have the older delta, for really small stuff in shop, easy and fast as its on a flip cart, hehe, makes life simple the others are in other part of shop for use with longer boards, any planer is great, jmo though, other methods

-- Living the dream

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