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controlfreak

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07-21-2019 10:34 PM

Okay, I am getting into cutting the parts of my benchtop Moxon vise & table. I decided on using red oak for the jaws and the best kiln dried wood for the table. I selected 2×10x8 to glue up for table. I ripped the 2×10’s and then fired up the used jointer I bought for $150 8 months ago….it worked great…except. I realized in order to mate all these parts to glue up the time has come for a planer. I told my wife I have got to get a planer and she didn’t say no, to be fair she didn’t say yes either.

Anyway I have been searching for a deal on a used planer but when you factor in that the blades will likely need to be replaced after purchase there is just not enough discount. So new it is, it looks like Dewalt has some units in the $500 range that do okay but now that I have put a budget number out there what do you all do think?


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#1 posted 07-21-2019 10:48 PM

The Dewalt 735 seems to be the “go to” these days. I’ll just say that I have had the 734 for several years and it has served me well. I would have trouble justifying the extra $100 or so for the 735 over the 734. I think the main differences are two speeds and 3 blades for the 735. The 734 does such a good job, I can’t see how the extra speed and blade could make much difference, I’m sure some one will disagree.

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#2 posted 07-21-2019 11:18 PM

I have the 734. Thousands of feet of wood through it. Still going strong.

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#3 posted 07-21-2019 11:28 PM

I really like my DeWalt 735. I upgraded from a 20 plus year old delta.

-- Clark

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#4 posted 07-21-2019 11:31 PM

I’m kind of in the same boat as you. And also been reading through reviews on the Harbor Freight model(i think around $329),

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#5 posted 07-22-2019 12:10 AM

Sometimes its like buying scotch. I can get something okay for $30. But something better is $35. and Johnny Walker is $45 and that’s only $10 more. I guess I am saying I can afford a decent planer but too much $$ well possibly make life difficult for a day or two. Looks like in my range the dewalt is the go to.

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#6 posted 07-22-2019 12:30 AM

I think the 734 has the 3 blades but not the two speeds… least that is what I have read.

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#7 posted 07-22-2019 12:52 AM

I think this far in I an looking at the 735x. I figure the table extentions may help lesson snipe.

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#8 posted 07-22-2019 02:08 AM



I think the 734 has the 3 blades but not the two speeds… least that is what I have read.

- PaulDoug


734 only has two blades and one speed.

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#9 posted 07-22-2019 02:19 AM



I think this far in I an looking at the 735x. I figure the table extentions may help lesson snipe.

- controlfreak


The 734 has very little issue with snipe. I think, according to my reading, the same goes for the 735. This is true for shorter boards. For longer boards that over come the support of the infeed/outfeed tables, you will need to provide some auxiliary support.

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#10 posted 07-22-2019 02:32 AM

I’ve had the Dewalt 735x for about three years now and love it. The infeed and outfeed tables are a very nice add-on, IMHO. I also bought the mobile base off of Craigslist a while back and really appreciate it, too. I very much recommend the combination.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#11 posted 07-22-2019 03:06 AM

I’ve had the 735 for 10 years, and upgraded to carbide blades, changed the rollers for better rubber, etc. I like having two speeds because if you’ve got a lot of lumber to plane, it just goes faster. Once all the boards are within a 1/64th or so, a final pass on the slow speed does leave an amazing finish. Not always necessary, sometimes the fast speed is all that’s needed, depending on wood, grain, etc…

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#12 posted 07-22-2019 04:24 AM

Nothing wrong with the dewalt 734, or ridgid etc. They’re 3 blade models and have locking mechanisms. Do NOT waste money in the HF, wen etc 2-blade models with no lock, they’re horrible!
Dewalt 735 is king in that category (lunchbox planers they’re called)
At that price point especially if you don’t mind a little elbow grease you can probably get a used 4-post 15” planer. Lots of discussions on here, most of them share parts and are great. If you have space for a dedicated planer you won’t be sorry!

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controlfreak

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#13 posted 07-22-2019 01:33 PM

The DW735X right now is the same price as the DW735 $549.00 but includes the table extensions and an extra set of blades. With the DW734 at $399.00 and subtracting for the blades it looks like for $100 more I will get a better lock and two speeds. If I ever get a bigger shop with a larger fixed planer I shouldn’t have any trouble selling the DW735 but I may never need to.

On a positive note I fired up my Craftsman 6” jointer for the first time this weekend and it worked fantastic. I bought it for $150. I did some cleaning and derusting of the bed, replaced a broken switch and added some wheels to get it around my tiny shop.

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#14 posted 07-22-2019 04:42 PM

I have the Delta TP400LS 12 1/2” planer. I’m happy with it. If your able to go with a 15” planer, you’ll appreciate it in the long run. The three blade option is nice to have. The way to go is the best you can afford, or save up for it. Like most of us, we over think what we’d like to get.

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#15 posted 07-22-2019 05:05 PM

I’ve got a barely used DeWalt 735 (used for less than 10 bd.ft to demonstrate to a potential buyer) with the tables on it, and new knives. I’m pretty sure an extra pair of knives for it too. $450.00. The rub is you need to come over, and go see a Cincinnati Reds game, or some other reason to drive over, cause I’m not a shipper kinda guy.

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