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garageking

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04-11-2018 11:01 AM

After 20 years or so, my Ryobi AP 1300 has packed it in. It has been a really good tool. Might be be my best tool investment ever. With cleaning it and changing blades something bad happened to it, smoke coming out and rollers not working properly. Anyway I’m done with it and have spent hours doing the research. I had always planned on the Dewalt 735 but as always there are some pretty negative comments out there, which I don’t really understand because it always seems to come out on top in just about all expert reviews. It just looks really solid and well built. I hadn’t thought much about the Makita 12” until now. There are lots of excellent reviews out there. They are the same price. The Dewalt just looks like a more solid machine.For those that have seen both machines in action, which do you prefer? Or any other input would be great. I have a large and heavy planer table that I will modify for the new planer. So I don’t need the fold up tables.It will sit there and won’t go anywhere. Thanks in advance, David

-- David, Kentucky


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hkmiller

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 11:32 AM



After 20 years or so, my Ryobi AP 1300 has packed it in. It has been a really good tool. Might be be my best tool investment ever. With cleaning it and changing blades something bad happened to it, smoke coming out and rollers not working properly. Anyway I’m done with it and have spent hours doing the research. I had always planned on the Dewalt 735 but as always there are some pretty negative comments out there, which I don’t really understand because it always seems to come out on top in just about all expert reviews. It just looks really solid and well built. I hadn’t thought much about the Makita 12” until now. There are lots of excellent reviews out there. They are the same price. The Dewalt just looks like a more solid machine.For those that have seen both machines in action, which do you prefer? Or any other input would be great. I have a large and heavy planer table that I will modify for the new planer. So I don’t need the fold up tables.It will sit there and won’t go anywhere. Thanks in advance, David

- garageking

I have the dw735 and I loved it but my ex-wife sold it I’m looking to buy another one I never had any problems with it the infeed in the outfeed table option is the way to go that Makita does look nice but I don’t know the advantage you would get.

-- always something

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Blindhog

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 01:07 PM

IMO, the DeWalt 735 is the best bang for the buck. Very reliable and the performance is more than adequate for home shops. Had mine for four years and it just keeps on going. Parts are readily available. Upgrading to spiral cutterhead in the near future (heads are currently backordered).

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 04:46 PM

I was also hesitant on the 735 but there is a lot of support for it, lots of videos on how to maintain it. I couldn’t find anyone with the Makita.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Loren

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 05:10 PM

DeWalt has captured a segment of the market
with that planer and a lot of people have gone
for it. There’s likely just a normal proportion
of tool failure but since there’s so many owners
out there writing reviews it looks bad.

If you’re concerned about service requirements
you might check out which brands have service
centers near you, if any. Mailing something that
heavy can be a hassle and expense obviously.

Makita has a great reputation for tool durability

Call me old fashioned but I had a DeWalt 733 with
the resharpenable knives. Allegedly the thin
insert knives that come with some of the newer
planers, especially DeWalt, don’t hold up long.
I had a Makita wet wheel grinder for sharpening
the knives, which held their edges well in any
case. I can understand why DeWalt abandoned
them for the more profitable insert knives.

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 05:44 PM

I have had my 735 for quite a few years with no problems. The only downside is that it is very loud. I would not trade it for any other planer.

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Robert

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#6 posted 04-11-2018 05:44 PM

I don’t know what you do, but for a few $100 more you can get this 15” planer with a real induction motor that will go right on that stand ;-)

If you’re planing much rough lumber, you will need a heavier machine.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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bbasiaga

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#7 posted 04-11-2018 07:25 PM

Another 735 fan here. So far, so good after about 6 years.

I plane rough cut lumber for my projects and it does the trick. Admittedly I never take really heavy passes, but the blade life seems good and the performance is solid.

The lunchbox style 744 also seems pretty solid, for a bit less money.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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va_scubadiver

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 07:27 PM

I have both – the 735 is a better machine IMHO.

-- "Slow work takes time..." - Martin Breen

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Bill_Steele

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 07:35 PM

I have a DeWalt 733 right now and when/if it goes—I plan on getting the 735. I just don’t see anything else in this segment of tools which can run on 110v that I feel is better.

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garageking

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#10 posted 04-11-2018 09:08 PM

I want to thank everyone for their help. I had considered the massive Grizzly but it’s more than I want to pay.And it’s just too big although my stand could easily support it. Sounds like the Dewalt knives are thin but there are good replacement options. I am going to go with the 735. I think there are a lot of people who buy good tools and don’t know how to maintain or even use them properly. And they end up putting negative reviews on Amazon, etc. Have you ever seen the tools piled high in a pawnshop? Talk about abuse of tools! I re read the LJ 735 reviews and they are very positive. I put a lot more stock in those reviews than the ones on Amazon. Thanks again everyone, David

-- David, Kentucky

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clin

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 11:21 PM

Another 735 fan here.

Amazon does give it 4 1/2 stars out of 600+ reviews. The 5 star ratings are 76% of the total, and the 4 star are another 13%. That’s 89% in the range of 4-5 star. That’s about as good as anything gets.

Of course you can always find someone who will have a legitimate problem. But that will happen with any product. And of course, much of the time, you just have knuckleheads and wonder if they can even dress themselves.

FYI, the 735 has a very powerful built in blower. I just connect it directly to large filter bag and blow chips right into it. This works well for me since I do not have a DC system.

-- Clin

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Rich

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#12 posted 04-11-2018 11:30 PM


FYI, the 735 has a very powerful built in blower. I just connect it directly to large filter bag and blow chips right into it. This works well for me since I do not have a DC system.

- clin

Where did you get that dust bag, clin? I have mine connected to a DC, but would rather just use a bag like that.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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Andybb

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#13 posted 04-11-2018 11:52 PM

double post

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Andybb

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#14 posted 04-11-2018 11:59 PM



I don t know what you do, but for a few $100 more you can get this 15” planer with a real induction motor that will go right on that stand ;-)

If you re planing much rough lumber, you will need a heavier machine.

- rwe2156


$100 more? Where? 735’s are $5-600. Plusi, that Griz is almost 400 lbs. Benchtop?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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8iowa

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#15 posted 04-12-2018 12:21 AM

I agree with rwe2156. Look for a planer with an induction motor. It will last forever and the blades can be re-sharpened.

The benchtop planers with universal motors have noise levels of 100 decibles and even higher. There’s going to be a long line of woodworkers at the hearing aid centers.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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