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04-12-2017 08:49 PM

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Hello, I am very close to investing in a DW735 planer. Just can’t swing a floor model…
Has anyone put carbide tipped blades in them?
Ihave several hundred feet of oak to mill. I would love a helical head machine but can’t really justify cost…

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 09:38 PM

Good planer. BIG bucks for the spiral/helical head.
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#2 posted 04-12-2017 09:50 PM

I have the 735 and it is a solid planer. I looked for carbide tipped blades, and found some from Infinity. However they only had one sharp edge and were still quite expensive.

So instead I upgraded to the Shelix head, which has been great. You have the expense up front, but then you get 4 sharp carbide edges that last and last. I milled miles of tough white oak and just finally turned the cutters. None were chipped, they had just dulled slightly over time.

The 735 works fine with the stock blades too, but they dull very quickly and will cause tearout on figured wood.

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 11:10 PM

Have the shelix as well.

Considering how well the carbide inserts have held up I’d imagine carbide tipped knife set would last a good while.

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 03:03 PM

Just start with the included blades to begin with. the blades are reversible and mine came with a second set. I thought I would go thru them quickly but I have only reversed the original set and not touched the second set after a year. Lots of White Oak, Hard maple and walnut.

I was going to invest in the Sheilx head but now I am wondering if its really needed for my use.

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#5 posted 04-13-2017 03:16 PM

Stay with the regular knives… double edged and sharper than the carbide.

Sure a Shelix is a nice upgrade, but if you were considering that, get the floor model.

Souped up is is going to total 1200 bucks. So more than a floor unit with knives, but less than a floor unit with a helical head.
But still a Universal motor unit.

I think that the comparative dullness of carbide for the standard knives, is a tradeoff between clean cuts, and longer service interval. Like paying an extra 50 bucks for oil that lasts 7500 miles versus 5000 in your car.

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#6 posted 04-13-2017 03:38 PM

The regular blades are still in mine after 4 yrs. I estimate I have done about 1000bf of oak, Cherry maple and Doug fir. So a lot of wood but not production shop amounts. I may flip to the other side here soon. I’m still getting clean surfaces but I notice a little less shine and a little more resistance as pieces go through.


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#7 posted 04-13-2017 08:59 PM

My ONLY gripe with my DW 735 id the ‘screamer” universal motor. It is the only machine in the shop with a curfew. I bought it new in 2012 and am still on the second side of the original blades. I am happy with the performance/value of the 735; bur still wishing it were not so loud.

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#8 posted 04-13-2017 09:12 PM

The great thing about the blades is if you have a dual sharpening stone 1000/6000 grit, it is super easy to sharpen them. I strop them with my homemade leather strop and they are razor sharp. I find this most relevant as the 735 has one of the most user friendly remove and install blades I have seen. Even has a little cubby I use for the screws and the tool inserts into a holder.

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#9 posted 04-13-2017 09:20 PM

It’s not the motor that makes it loud,but the fan.

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#10 posted 04-13-2017 11:08 PM

Use the knife that come with the planer first. You might never need anything more expensive.

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#11 posted 04-14-2017 02:01 AM

I agree that universal motors are screamers, but it’s the blades that howl like a banshee. Harryn: thinking you might be right about the fan, I actually removed mine back when I had a 735. Made no difference at all, so the fan went back on. And the straight knives on a stationary planer with an induction motor are almost as loud (mine was a Rockwell/Invicta 13 inch).

As anyone who has made the conversion to helical can tell you, the noise reduction is substantial. I now have the Jet JP12 HH combo machine with helical head and it’s actually bearable without ear muffs. But I wear them anyhow, as I can’t afford to lose any more hearing.

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#12 posted 04-14-2017 02:47 AM

I had a 735 with carbide knives that I used to sit on top of my Pm 15 HH.Its a great little finish planer I could take very lite pass on Ebony.And get a great surface something the PM could not do.
I also agree with others a Bryd head is best in a floor planer.


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#13 posted 04-14-2017 10:21 PM

It s not the motor that makes it loud,but the fan.

- Harryn

That’s actually not true. The fan hardly produces any noise. I took mine off as a test, and it was every bit as loud.
The noise is from the motor and the straight knives whipping through the air like paddles.

The Shelix makes milling noises much quieter. What surprised me was the no-load noise was also greatly reduced with the Shelix head.

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