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Chad

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02-27-2019 06:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt dw734 dewalt dw735 dewalt planer planer

Thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I’d like to add a planer to my shop and I’d like to stay under $500. I have a 10% off coupon for Lowe’s which would allow me to purchase the DW734 for about $400. I’ve come across a DW735 on Craigslist that doesn’t have feed tables or a stand. Stand I’m not concerned about due to the fact I’ll be putting it on my mobile workbench. Regarding the tables I’d like to have them, but then again I can always build them into my workbench so not a huge issue. Guy wants $450 for the DW735 which I failed to mention comes with a new set of unopened DeWalt blades. Planer appears to run well and looks to be in good condition. He states it’s seen little use, but unfortunately there’s no way of verifing that. Both machines recieve great reviews. 12 1/2” I believe is plenty wide enough at least as of now. I plan on planing a fair amount of hardwood so I don’t know if the DW735’s 2 speed option would make a big difference due to that alone or not. Am I better off going with the DW734 new with a full warranty, or spending an additional $50 for a used DW735? At first glance it appears to be a no brainer and go with the DW734. I’m just trying to figure out if the DW735 is that much of a better machine. I appreciate your feedback and taking the time to help me out.


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 07:09 AM

The 735 has been going on sale about every 3 months or so for around $400-450. I have the 735 and really like it but I don’t have any experience with the 734; a few LJ’s have owned both IIRC. You might keep an eye on the hot deals thread, someone will post when it goes on sale again.

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 11:37 AM

No experience with the 734, but I went from a Delta lunch box planer to a used 735 and the difference was remarkable.
I agree that you want the infeed/outfeed tables.
Subscribe to the hot deals 2.0 thread. 735 deals get posted there on a regular basis. You should be able to find a new one in you price range if you’re patient.

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 01:45 PM

Sold my Ridgid TP1300 when I found a DW735 display model at HD for $200. The 3rd knife and the 2nd speed for finishing are great adds along with the larger bed. I think I found the tables online for about $50. If it’s in a hobbyist shop and you can get it under $400 I think its a good deal

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 06:12 PM

I don’t use the tables on mine and get only a tiny amount of snipe.

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2019 08:52 PM

I really like my 735 and agree with all the other answers. I’m not sure if there is a way to determine the age of the used 735. Newer might mean fewer miles on it. The set of new knives is a big plus.

The seller of the used one could be lying about it’s use. But if you talked in person, I would think you’d get a feel for whether he’s blowing smoke or not.

I don’t necessarily think $450 is a really great deal. Certainly fair if it is truly lightly used and the knives in it are still in good shape, given you’d be getting set of new knives with it. So maybe offer him $400 for it.

But that’s the rub buying used. No warranty, and there may be hidden wear and tear.

-- Clin

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Chad

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#6 posted 02-28-2019 12:51 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I went and looked at the DW735 today. Machine appears to be in new like condition. Guy said he only used it a couple of times and that he never changed the blades (still original). I took a piece of rough sawn walnut and ran it through the planer. Setting 2 after 2 passes was nice and smooth. Setting 1 on the opposite side of the board was as if I had ran a sander over it after only 2 passes. I got the machine, dewalt miter saw stand (planer is mounted to it), new unopened set of DeWalt knives and a connector for the dust port for $350. I’m pretty pleased with the purchase and definitely feel comfortable with what the guy told me regarding the amount of use it’s seen. Guy appears to be a straight shooter, upfront and friendly. Now it’s time to build my mobile workbench where I’ll mount the planer in it’s permanent place.

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#7 posted 02-28-2019 01:17 AM

You did GREAT at $350. One possible indicator on the age of a 735 is that the early machines used hex head screws for the knives, at some point (5 or 6 years ago??) they switched to torx heads. Mine was a Sears display unit when i picked it up for $320 about 5 years ago. The reason i say possible indicator is that the first time i changed knives i ordered a set of torx screws—having torx is meaningless, but the presence of hex would indicate earlier build than around 2012.

Had a DW733 (older brother of the 734 and real similar) before the 735. The 735 advantages include the 3rd knife as mentioned above, no need to lock the head like on the 734, and the squatty build to make the 735 more stable on longer stock.

I ended up catching a deal on a Byrd head about a year after i got the 735, and if my savings on knives haven’t paid for the Byrd yet—it’s got to be getting close.
earl

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#8 posted 02-28-2019 02:09 AM



You did GREAT at $350. One possible indicator on the age of a 735 is that the early machines used hex head screws for the knives, at some point (5 or 6 years ago??) they switched to torx heads. Mine was a Sears display unit when i picked it up for $320 about 5 years ago. The reason i say possible indicator is that the first time i changed knives i ordered a set of torx screws—having torx is meaningless, but the presence of hex would indicate earlier build than around 2012.

Had a DW733 (older brother of the 734 and real similar) before the 735. The 735 advantages include the 3rd knife as mentioned above, no need to lock the head like on the 734, and the squatty build to make the 735 more stable on longer stock.

I ended up catching a deal on a Byrd head about a year after i got the 735, and if my savings on knives haven t paid for the Byrd yet—it s got to be getting close.
earl

- greenacres2

Thanks Earl, I’ll take a peek at the knife screws tomorrow and see what was used. I’d like to eventually upgrade to a Byrd head, but that’ll have to wait for the time being.

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#9 posted 03-01-2019 02:52 AM

I’ve had the 734 for a couple years and a friend of mine has the 735. About the main difference we can come up with is the 735 is two speed. Haven’t needed it yet for the 734. His shavings extraction might be a little better, but I have mine hooked up to A Dust Deputy, no problems. When I can I just shoot shavings out the door, or do my work outside. Probably not much help, just my two cents worth. Won’t go to wrong with either one. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 03-02-2019 04:37 AM

Years ago I bought a new 735, I really disliked the blades so I upgraded it to a helical cutter…best decision ever!
I have probably planed close to a thousand linear feet of wood of all types, even a good deal of dirty reclaimed lumber. I have not even turned any of the cutters yet and it still cuts much better than new OEM blades.

-- Heyoka

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Chad

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#11 posted 03-02-2019 07:16 AM



Years ago I bought a new 735, I really disliked the blades so I upgraded it to a helical cutter…best decision ever!
I have probably planed close to a thousand linear feet of wood of all types, even a good deal of dirty reclaimed lumber. I have not even turned any of the cutters yet and it still cuts much better than new OEM blades.

- Heyoka

That’s impressive to say the least. I plan on upgrading to a helical cutter, but that’ll have to wait for now.

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#12 posted 03-05-2019 06:28 PM

Chad, AWESOME score $350 if you do find hex bolts and not the Tork screws, be very careful removing the bolts as since they are still installed to the factory torques. I stripped one and it was a mother clucker to get out. Best trick I found was to use a punch that can fit inside the hex hole. Before loosening each bolt, I gave each one 3 solid taps with a 16oz hammer and then they came out with reasonable force. Amazon has the conversion kit for the screws for $23. Everyone gets different lifespan from their blades based on how the work and what their working. I get pretty good mileage from mine but I generally drop the head only a half crank at a time and am okay with some sanding when the small nicks start showing up. When I look at the cost of the spiral head, I just can’t pull the trigger on that for the budget. If I ran a lot more stock or had a time vs. money scenario I might be able to justify, but until then… do you have a jointer yet????

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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