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09-21-2017 12:09 PM

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Hello Everyone,

Let me preface this with the statement, I know I will need both for a complete shop and intend to purchase both in the near future.

I work out of a small one stall garage and am torn when it comes to my next tool purchase between a DW735 planer or a mobile dust collection unit. For current dust management, I run a broom and dustpan and constantly wear a hazmat style full face mask with 1 micron filter and chemical cartridge ( yes overkill but it was free to me and I use it daily for work anyway, no real comfort issue).

I know the dust collection is essential to a safe and healthy shop experience, but the planer is the last tool (I know this isn’t true at all, but for the time being it is) I need to finish out the shop for working stock.

My question to ya’ll is this, if this was your shop, would you rather live without a planer for awhile or live without dust collection for awhile and make compromises in materials or comfort for each of the options?

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#1 posted 09-21-2017 12:41 PM

There’s no real way to do what a planer does with any other machine, so I’d start with that. The nice thing about the DW735 is that it has the chip ejection blower, so unlike every other planer, you don’t absolutely need a dust collector with it.

Then, down the road you pick up a solid dust collector (the bigger the impeller the better) and you’ll be good to go.

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#2 posted 09-21-2017 01:16 PM

It would be a tough choice for me, since I’m a big advocate of good DC systems in a shop. Even so, I’d get the planer….for most woodworkers having one is a game changer.

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#3 posted 09-21-2017 01:18 PM

Ditto what Jonah and Fred said.

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#4 posted 09-21-2017 01:22 PM

Thank you Jonah, Fred, and Bill for your insights! I will be going with the planer as a result, back into the Hazmat mask I go!

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#5 posted 09-21-2017 01:24 PM

Then, down the road you pick up a solid dust collector (the bigger the impeller the better) and you ll be good to go.

- jonah

Thank you for this insight, sounds like I should shy away from portable 1HP models?

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#6 posted 09-21-2017 02:55 PM

Those things are only good for cutting down on your sweeping. They will not capture any fine dust.

See any of the dozens of threads here and elsewhere for more on sound dust collection principles.

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#7 posted 09-21-2017 03:25 PM

I would live without the DC if I needed a planer.

Keep in mind planers and jointers primarily produce shavings.

The big dust producers are sanders, saws and routers so I would definitely collect those.

Putting a DC on a planer or jointer is more for less sweeping than lung protection.

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#8 posted 09-21-2017 03:38 PM

I would get the planer first and use it outside whenever possible, a little planing can generate a huge quantity of chips pretty quick. I have a 1hp Delta collector and it works well only when connected directly to whatever machine I’m using, I’d never try to use it with more than ~10’ of pipe and hose, much less a full ducted system. If you’re able to save up for a larger collector initially, you can skip the starter machine all together if you know you’ll be upgrading sometime down the road.

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#9 posted 09-21-2017 04:06 PM

I roll my planer out into the driveway to use it. Push broom cleans the driveway pretty good.

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#10 posted 09-22-2017 04:38 AM

Definitely the planer, it’s true there is no other machine that does what that can. I was surprised how much I use mine, almost on every project. In the interim, you could use a shop vac, maybe with a small separator, not great, but better than nothing, and not too expensive, if it will be a while before you get a duct collector

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#11 posted 09-22-2017 12:34 PM

Eric, Thank you for the response, the planer is going to be the way to go it sounds like. I just did the maths on cost savings and now I feel like an imbecile for buying s3s, lessons learned the hard way I suppose.

P.S. Love your tagline, Eric!

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#12 posted 09-23-2017 02:53 AM

I contacted DeWalt when I bought my 735 about DC. They do not recommend connecting to a DC, as it may damage the internal blower. So I connected mine directly to a trash can style cyclone and filter the exhaust using an old DC felt bag. Works like a charm.

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#13 posted 09-23-2017 10:54 AM

I’ve never had any issues with my 735 connected to my dust collector. How did they say it would damage the blower?

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#14 posted 09-23-2017 11:21 AM

I have always used my 735 connected to a dust collector. I get very low flows (260 cfm) because the dust port is so small. I have used the planer a lot with no problems.

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#15 posted 09-23-2017 12:55 PM

Get the Dw 735. Great little planer and it comes with a 4 inch hose adapter. Even without a DC hooked to it you could try connecting a short section of 4 inch clear hose and direct it into a 30 gallon trash can.

Since you want to take multiple shallow passes and given the power of the planers blower, it should keep the mess down a bit. Worth a try vs blowing chips everywhere and clear hose will let you monitor the output.

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