is dewalt planer cart worth it for 735

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Forum topic by Andrewbarbarian posted 11-02-2018 10:17 PM 1224 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2018 10:17 PM

I keep watching craigslist for a used 735 planer. I have been watching for about a two months. There is usually 1 a week on my craigslist but everybody wants at least $400 or more used. For 140$ more I would rather have a new one. I missed one on craigslist at $300 with cart. (couldn’t get there fast enough and it sold).

If I could find one used I could justify the shelix cutter head to myself. If I get a new planer it will probably be a while (years) before I get one, if at all.

So I guess I have two questions. Should I keep watching for a used one around 300 (or less) and then buy the shelix head? Or buy new and probably never get the head.

And then question 2 is if the dewalt cart is worth it or do I build my own? Sometimes by the time you buy all the parts (casters, wood, screw) its cheaper just the get the one thats made for it. I have the dewalt miter saw and saw a picture on here of a cart that flips from miter saw to planer. Wondering if I should go that route.

I have a local tool outlet that sells the 735x for 499 plus tax ($541).

The carts are $129 new.

Grizzly has the planer and the cart for $658.95 with shipping no tax.

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 10:21 PM

Get the new 735 that comes with the infeed/outfeed tables and if you find a good deal you should be able to get the cart free or reduced cost. Sometimes it also comes with a free set of extra blades. IMO – you won’t need the shelix cutter unless you do lots of planing (1000’s of BF). Check Amazon, Rockler, and any other big internet woodworking sites. Generally, you can find free shipping and no tax as well.

The 735 is the best planer in it’s class.

Look around you could save some $$.

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#2 posted 11-02-2018 10:22 PM

The Dewalt cart is really slick. Good maneuverability and no rattles. Lets you tuck that planer against a wall without wasting any shop space. You can’t build a cart for that price.

The Shelix is great on the 735 as well. One way or another, I recommend that upgrade.

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#3 posted 11-02-2018 10:33 PM

I personally would look for a nice used machine, so the original buyer can eat the initial ~25% or so depreciation when they walk out the door with it. You also usually wind up getting extra stuff that you wouldn’t get buying new, like extra knives and such. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen planers on CL that looked brand new, and had something like “used for one project only and don’t need it any more” in the text – selling for half the price of new or less. As for the cart – that is entirely up to you and highly dependent upon your shop, it’s layout, how much cash you want to throw at it, etc… I tend to re-purpose stuff, so I threw my lunchbox planer on the legs from an old Craftsman table saw – not the same planer as what you are looking at, but the mounting holes lined up perfect for the task and the cost was zero:


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#4 posted 11-02-2018 10:57 PM

Took me about 6 months but I finally got one for $300 used off of CL. No cart, no indeed/outfeed tables. There were actually 2 up at the same time, one was $350 and came with the indeed/outfeed. I tried to bargain that to $300 and the guy ghosted me. Ended up with just the planer for $300, and I’ll probably pick up the tables which run $50.

The only reason I got the $300 is the guy was selling stuff off an estate and needed to get rid of it quickly. So if you’re willing to wait, there is hope. I have plans to potentially get the Shelix head, but I’m just going to see how things go. I don’t use a lot of highly figured wood, and by the time I’d break even on the cost of replacement knives vs. the Shelix, I suspect I’ll have already moved into a bigger planer.

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#5 posted 11-03-2018 12:45 AM

I put mine on a toolbox I had, and now use the drawers to hold lots of stuff. Pick one for whatever height you need, they come with wheels.

-- Dave, Wi.

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#6 posted 11-03-2018 02:16 AM

Andrew: I paid~$500. for the 735, it worked like a champ-no issues at all. I paid another $500. to have the shelix
head put in it-labor/materials. It made it even better, again no issues. $1000 total into it. The shelix head cuts better-shearing action, and is easier on the motor. Noticeably quieter also. The straight knives are stupid simple to
change with the indexing pins. The carbide cutters are a pita to rotate, a lot of them to turn, and difficult to keep
track of them. Personally I would buy new. You do not know how abused a used one is. I built my own crappy stand, so I am no help on your second question. Good luck.


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#7 posted 11-03-2018 02:29 AM

Hey Andrew, I didn’t check the other replies, but Grizzly is doing a 735x deal for 649$. That’ll include the indeed/outfeed tables, an extra set of blades, and also the mobile cart. If you sign up for their email adverts, you’ll be immediately send a 10% no limit discount code. Obviously there’s shipping to consider, but a $65 discount might help take the sting off a bit. Hope this helps!

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#8 posted 11-03-2018 02:47 AM

I mounted my 735 on top of a 3-drawer cabinet I built and put locking casters on it. This made for a nice shop project, gives me extra storage space, and very easy to tuck it away when not in use.

-- Clin

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#9 posted 11-03-2018 01:06 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses. It gave me more to think about. Very impressed with this website on the amount of response and promptness of responses. I have been to other forum sites (for boats and fishing) and was lucky to get a response a week later.

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#10 posted 11-03-2018 01:55 PM

If you’re looking to save space, try something like this…............

It is very stable and the time to switch devices is minimal, and the cost is low as well.
Go with the Shelix head, you won’t regret it!

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

I built a cabinet/cart with casters for my 735. I’m always short on storage space, so the Dewalt stand was wasted space to me.
Picture here:

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#12 posted 11-05-2018 07:25 PM

Thanks again for the responses. I think I will watch for a used one until the first part of December. If nothing by then I will pull the trigger on a new one. Unless some crazy Black Friday deal comes along. Im making some cutting boards as Christmas gifts and would like to use it for those. (At least thats what I’m telling myself and the wife.)

As for the stand I think you guys sold me on building my own. Not due to the cost, but do to the extra storage and customization of it. I tend to like thinks put away so Im not constantly wiping dust off of stuff. Otherwise you just get the one shelf (not dust free) under the dewalt stand.

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#13 posted 11-05-2018 08:38 PM

I have owned maybe 8 735’s over the years. People keep buying them off of me. Anyhow I’m 6’2” and I felt the cheesy table DeWally sold with their very nice lunchbox was way to short for me. I made a quicky cabinet, has a ton of interior space, for storage. 2 doors with 2 shelves, and a few drawers. I mostly keep other tools in it, because all the accessories for the planer are on it. It’s 46” tall x 30” across, and 28 1/2” deep. I mounted it on the Ho Made roller with front locking swivel wheels, and it’s just about perfect for me to load wood into the planer without having to stoop over and wreck my back.

Pic of the stand, the cabinet is UGLYYYY, was made entirely of scraps.

Make sure to get the in/out feed tables for the planer. A Byrd head makes these things incredible little machines, kinda loud with the blades in it. Save the money for the stand and make something, Something you can use for storage, never enough storage in a shop.

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#14 posted 11-05-2018 09:56 PM

I have the 735 with the in/out feed tables, the DeWalt cart and a DRO. I did not and I do not recommend buying this machine used unless you can try it out and make sure it’s okay. They are tough, make no mistake…it’s really a good planer. They did have an issue with blade bolts coming loose and sometimes the bolt gets into the exhaust fan and chews up the impeller. It’s a cheap enough fix, but for no more than what they cost new it seems like you would want to go that route. The DeWalt made cart that is purpose designed for the 735 is definitely worth every penny. So is the in/out feed tables. The Shelix doubles the cost of the machine and while it’s nice the blades are cheap and easy to change, so it’s a toss up to me. They also make carbide straight blades for a little over $100.00 if I remember right.
I have a Shelix on my jointer and I have heard all the things it’s supposed to do for you…mine is not any quieter, it still has tear out and it doesn’t leave the surface any smoother than straight blades. It is way easier to change the cutters on and it lasts a very long time. However, those are big enough bonuses to me to go that route because the jointer blades were a royal pain to change out and set up perfectly.

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#15 posted 11-06-2018 02:22 PM

I have my 735 mounted on a wagon. roll it outside plane, roll it back in and done. only problem in northern wisconsin it;s hard to get through the snow drifts in the just bought a used delta 1.5 hp vac system last month from an estate sale. local retired shop teacher passed away . and his kids sold everything.

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