Dewalt Planer DW 735 Question

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10-28-2019 02:02 AM

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I have a Delta (22-549) 13” lunchbox type planer, almost 20 years old. Still works OK; no real issues. Its the only planer I’ve ever used, so I’ve nothing to compare it to.

Can anyone tell me what changes I’d likely notice if I upgraded to the Dewalt DW 735 (which seems to be the standard for many people)? Noise? Speed? Smoothness? Dust collection? Significant change, or just a slightly better version of the same thing?

Its not that I’m so unhappy with the planer (other than maybe the dust collection on it which isn’t great), but maybe I don’t know what I’m missing.

Thanks for any advice.


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#1 posted 10-28-2019 06:00 AM

Wouldn’t change anything if you are happy with the Delta. Especially if it is working fine. You would likely be disappointed if you bought a 735 expecting a huge difference. When lunchbox planers (this size, and class of planer) are reviewed the DeWalt 735’s have long been the top prize winner, but end of the day, they plane wood.

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#2 posted 10-28-2019 08:32 AM

+1 If the Delta 22-549 works, keep using it.

I did the same swap you are considering; from a old 22-549 to new 735.
IMHO – It was not an upgrade. Simply a lateral move.
My 22-549 is trust worthy machine that did a great job. Some occasional snipe on long heavy 8/4 boards, but 735 did the same thing. Getting a new 735 was nothing more than new pile of plastic and metal in shop.
My reason for upgrading was the rubber coating on in-out feed roller had become dry and brittle, and needed to be cleaned more often to prevent slipping with dull-ish blades. Of course, That’s how i knew blades where getting dull – was time to clean rollers. :-)
One thing to note about 735: it weighs more than 22-549, and becomes hard work to stash it under the bench when not being used. Average strength man will want a dedicated stand. Once I realized I had to dedicate stand/space for 735 full time, upgraded to an 15” industrial planer as was much happier.

My advice: If you want an upgrade, hunt for used 15” Industrial planer. Doesn’t matter what brand; Jet, Grizzly, General, Powermatic, etc; they are all made in same 2 factories with many common parts. Upgrading to 15” planer is a real upgrade. You get tired of feeding it lumber or run out of lumber; before it gets tired of working or needs maintenance. :)


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#3 posted 10-28-2019 11:34 AM

I also swapped from the Delta to the 735. I was very pleasantly surprised by the 735 performance.

The 735 has 4 corner posts that hold everything in place vs. only 2 on the Delta. Boards come out the same thickness side to side and front to back on the 735.

I recall reading a review of the Delta machine where one of the cons was the inherent flex that occurred due to the raising/lowering mechanism design and only having to posts, centered on the cutter.

I agree that a good deal on a 15” planer would be the best option, but I have yet to see one come up on any local CL or website that competes with the $650 Rockler deal (I think) for a router, stand, in/outfeed tables, and a spre set of blades.

If you need a new planer for your home shop the 735 is the way to go.

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#4 posted 10-28-2019 08:57 PM

Thanks all,

Regarding the 15” or other “industrial” planers, are the blades comparable in expense to the dewalt / delta? More difficult to change? Just wondering for the day this one finally dies.

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