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Forum topic by Dutchie7 posted 10-17-2019 04:23 PM 531 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dutchie7

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10-17-2019 04:23 PM

Presently I own the Delta 22-560. It is working ok outside of making my own dust hood. I am a very part time wood worker but I love tools. For the last couple of years I have lusted after the Dewalt 735X machine and hope to catch it on sale at the WW extravaganza or Black fri. for around 500. I have been saving with gift cards. Is this foolish or should I save my Klingspor for something else? Overall the Dewalt gets excellent reviews but the Dewalt 734, Rigid, and even the Triton get pretty good reviews.


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#1 posted 10-17-2019 04:32 PM

The DW735X is really as good as everyone says. The 734 isn’t even in the same league. Do some shopping around to find the best price on a package deal, which should include the stand and an extra set of blades. You will not be sorry.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-17-2019 04:47 PM

My 735X is a great machine. Especially, since I installed the helical head. It replaced a Delta 22-560 that took a crap.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-17-2019 04:53 PM

I have been happy with my 735X. It came with the outfeed tables and extra blades.

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#4 posted 10-17-2019 04:59 PM

I see the 735 as almost being a different class of benchtop planers….clearly at the head of it’s class.

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#5 posted 10-17-2019 08:46 PM

My 2c:

It you are going to spend $500 on planer, don’t forget to watch for used Industrial 15” planers for something even better than Dewalt 735.
They pop up on CL randomly. Like this one did this week: https://www.lumberjocks.com/replies/5243264
Set email alerts, and act FAST; they sell in a couple hours.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#6 posted 10-17-2019 10:42 PM

I switched from the same planer to a 735.
There is a big difference. 735 is definitely a step above other bench top planers.

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#7 posted 10-18-2019 02:22 AM

I have the 734 and my uncle has the 735 that he only recently installed a shelix head in and with straight knives in both equally sharp, they both plane very similarly, largely due to having nearly identical motors, cutter heads that are within 1/2” of each other (same diameter), three knives and feed speed (when the 735 is in high). The 734 can be more fussy with in/out feed tables being set just right, the dust collection on the 734 is great when hooked to a good dust collector, the 735 can take care of that itself should you choose but still performs far better when connected to a good collector. The height adjustment on the 735 blows away every other bench top machine, it really is that good. Happy hunting.

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#8 posted 10-18-2019 04:56 AM

Post your location if you want to buy tools. Probably you don’t live anywhere near SW Ohio, where I am, but I am probably not the only guy here with tools I don’t need.

You don’t need a street address, something like SW Ohio would tip off others to your general vicinity.

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#9 posted 10-18-2019 03:55 PM

Watch Amazon. They have the 745x for $499.00 on occasion.

-- always something

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#10 posted 10-19-2019 12:59 AM



Watch Amazon. They have the 745x for $499.00 on occasion.

- hkmiller


I bought a dw735x for that price last week, from a reputable ebay seller.

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#11 posted 10-19-2019 02:30 AM

I have a DW 735. Bought on Amazon with feed tables. I have had trouble with short life of the blades. I don’t cut but 1/32 at a time but I’ll change blades sometime twice on a Saturday of planing. When the blades get dull, the board will not feed through, and then the machine will cut off. As long as sharp blades are on it, no issues. I need to find out more about a helix blade. Maybe that would help. Set of blades runs about $30 a set for disposables. Two sides so you can turn them when one side gets dull. Good luck.

-- Scooter G Designs

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#12 posted 10-19-2019 05:57 PM

I just picked up the new Jet helical 13” planer. I love it. It’s quieter than my old Mikita and it cut some curly maple as smooth as silk.

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Dutchie7

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#13 posted 10-28-2019 09:46 PM

Pixeltim, why did you go with the Jet vs the Dewalt 735. There are very few reviews on the Jet but the 3-4 that I have found have all been favorable. The only ones that have picked it apart are those that say it is false adv and not a true spiral helical.

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#14 posted 10-28-2019 10:08 PM



I have a DW 735. Bought on Amazon with feed tables. I have had trouble with short life of the blades. I don t cut but 1/32 at a time but I ll change blades sometime twice on a Saturday of planing. When the blades get dull, the board will not feed through, and then the machine will cut off. As long as sharp blades are on it, no issues. I need to find out more about a helix blade. Maybe that would help. Set of blades runs about $30 a set for disposables. Two sides so you can turn them when one side gets dull. Good luck.

- ScooterG

Curious what you are planing and how much in “a Saturday”. I have a DW 735 and I plane quite a bit of hard maple, purpleheart, walnut, and cherry for cutting boards as well as a variety of rough sawn lumber for other projects. I have never had any issues with the board feeding through and certainly not any issues with the machine “cutting off”. Any chance the wood has surface contaminants (Pallet wood)?

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