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04-02-2018 06:51 PM

Need a great recommendation on a bench top planer. Much of what I read it is the Dewalt 735 model. Thanks for sharing.


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#1 posted 04-02-2018 09:45 PM

Are you asking about the Dewalt 735? because that is pretty much the top bench top thickness planer you will find before going to a standalone.

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 10:50 PM

Wow I thought I mentioned the Dewalt 735 in my question…Did I miss something?

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 11:47 PM

Looked to me like you did mention it in your post. I recently upgraded from an old DW733 that I’d had for about 20 years to the 735. It’s like night and day. The cut is much smoother and it’s a much more solidly built machine. I also like the two feed speeds. It did have more snipe out of the box, but adjusting the extension tables to lift the board on each side reduced that to almost nothing.

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#4 posted 04-03-2018 03:46 AM

I have had the 735 for a year and a half now. Mine has been put thru the paces. I got the extension tables and the stand for it. My personal opinion is that it works too good to be true!! I have been waiting for mine to blow up, start knocking and throw a rod or something since I got it, it works that good. For the money, there is zero chance you can go wrong. Buy with confidence. There may be others out there that work good for the money, but they cannot be better. DeWalt really hit a home run with this machine as far as I am concerned. Unless someone else has very recently come out with something fantastically better you can stop looking and go get a 735 asap.

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#5 posted 04-03-2018 01:06 PM

there are two DW-735s for sale on C/L in my area – each is almost the price of a new one.
so they must hold their value quite well.

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 01:20 PM

I love my DW735! The blower really does a great job of evacuating the chips, the dual speed is a great feature, and the thickness adjustments are right on. I also set up the infeed & outfeed tables upward ~ 1/8” to eliminate sniping, although I still run pieces through that are longer than need just in case (don’t want to lose a god finished board). Removing/replacing the blades is easy & they locate positively & consistently.

I sharpen the blades (not often they hold up well) myself. I slit a series of parallel grooves on my table saw across a wide, thick stable board to the angle I want (25°/30°) and all to the same depth, place the blades into the slot so they all lay flat, and then run a stone across the top of all three at the same time. Works well.

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 03:40 PM

I got my 735x during the 20% off ebay sale. $425 shipped. couldn’t pass it up.

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#8 posted 04-03-2018 03:54 PM

I got the same eBay deal and sold my 20 year old 733 for $225 on CL, so the upgrade cost was $200. Totally worth it.

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#9 posted 04-03-2018 04:20 PM

I’ve had success with refurbed tools from CPO. Also keep on eye on Craiglist. I have the DW734 and very happy with it.

https://www.cpopowertools.com/
https://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet.com/brands/dewalt

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#10 posted 04-03-2018 05:21 PM

What would someone say about the Jet 13” planer/moulder? Is it a good product? With the Dewalt 735x and the Jet how thin can you plane a board. Looking at planning to 1/8” and thinner….

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#11 posted 04-03-2018 05:25 PM


What would someone say about the Jet 13” planer/moulder? Is it a good product? With the Dewalt 735x and the Jet how thin can you plane a board. Looking at planning to 1/8” and thinner….

- BigD184321

The 735 has a stop at 1/8”. It’s adjustable so you could go thinner, but it’s better to use a sled made from something like 1/2” MDF. You can tack the board to it using hot melt glue and plane as thin as you like. The sled is a safer option because you don’t risk having the blades hit the bottom plate of the planer. Worst case you gouge your sled.

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#12 posted 04-03-2018 05:37 PM

You should temper your expectations before planing stock down to 3/32 – 1/16 thick. At a certain point I do not know, it crosses into the realm of drum/wide belt sanders for thicknessing. I could be wrong but most of my stock 1/8 on down tended to explode in the planer.

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#13 posted 04-03-2018 05:44 PM

^+1 had a piece of slightly figured cherry go to pieces in my DW735 the other week. Got another piece dimension-ed by hand with a #6. What a god awful sound that made. Dreaming of one day owning a belt sander.

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#14 posted 04-03-2018 06:00 PM

Planing thin stock depends a lot on the wood in my experience. I make small lidded boxes and line them with thin pieces that I miter to fit snugly and that stand about 5/16” proud of the bottom of the box to align the lid (no hinges).

I have no trouble at all planing a smooth grained wood like soft maple or basswood down to 1/16”, but some other woods I’ve tried, like ash, just shatter, leaving large gaps in the board.

A drum sander would definitely be a better choice though and would likely perform well on just about any wood. I just don’t have one yet.

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#15 posted 04-03-2018 11:40 PM

Fridge was it alder that exploded?

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