DeWalt 735X thickness planer - will I survive without a dust collector?

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05-13-2020 07:43 PM

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I just picked up a used one for a ridiculously good price. It needs some adjustment to work properly, but so far looks like it’ll be pretty simple – no broken parts or anything, just out of alignment.

However, I have another question: the one in the title of this thread.

I wheel machines onto the driveway, so making a mess isn’t an issue. But I don’t want to gum up the machine.

Will a small shop vac be enough to prevent that if I blow it out each time after using it, or do I need to add the cost of a Harbor Freight dust collector to the price of the thickness planer?

I won’t be using it heavily – I’m not an industrial shop, just a guy with a side-side-side business making studio furniture. This will just be for reclaimed wood now and again.


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#1 posted 05-13-2020 07:49 PM

I use a larger shop vac with a cyclone pre-collector bucket. I am shocked it hasn’t clogged yet. That 735 has a fan to assist expelling the chips. Without the vac be prepared to sweep a large portion of the driveway, even worse if its windy.

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#2 posted 05-13-2020 07:51 PM

That 735X has a fan assisted blower in it for clearing chips from the cutter head. It is “designed” to be run with or without a collection system. I will say that in years past when running a planer onsite occasionally, I had more issues clogging up a 2.5” vac hose than just running a planer like that without any assistance. My $0.02 is to use no dust collection (outdoors) or a proper 4” or greater dust collector. I’ve never had luck hooking a lunchbox planer up to a shop vac. YMMV… they do make a mess.

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#3 posted 05-13-2020 07:52 PM

Great, thanks.

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#4 posted 05-13-2020 07:55 PM

I wouldn’t worry about gumming up the machine. The DW735 has a motor fan built in to assist in dust removal. You can even hack it to use the planner as the power for the rest of your dust collection systems. (or so I’ve read).

It will make a horrible mess in your driveway though. If you want to keep saw dust from blowing all over your Azalea’s then a shop vac will work just fine. I have my DW734 hooked up to a vac, not a DC, and have no issues.

make sure to check that reclaimed wood real well for nails and such before pushing it through the machine!

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#5 posted 05-13-2020 07:55 PM

I don’t type fast enough.

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#6 posted 05-13-2020 07:58 PM

Yeah, I won’t be using anything with nails. Thanks.

Now I have to look up how to use the planer for dust collection. Sounds interesting.

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#7 posted 05-13-2020 09:19 PM

Worked with a friend who has the DW735. He used a simple trash can lid separator from Woodcraft to catch the output of planer, without any other device connected. When chips blow out top, it needs emptied. :-)

Dewalt sold several different dust collection hose accessories for that planer. One was nothing more than hose, and cloth cap that used draw string to attach to top of trash can. Here is pic of clone from LJ:

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#8 posted 05-13-2020 10:25 PM

Well, you’re going to need a dust collector for the tablesaw, jointer, bandsaw etc.
Yes this one tool can operate without one. I occasionally forget to turn on the dust collector when I fire up the planer. As long as I open the blast gate, everything works fine. That little internal fan has enough power to blow chips up through metal 6” mains on the ceiling. Amazing.

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#9 posted 05-14-2020 12:59 AM

Okay, thanks for the tips.

pintodeluxe, I roll the table saw and jointer out to the driveway when I use them, and my tiny shop vac works fine for the bandsaw.

But yeah, I’ve been looking at various things like that trash can thing. One guy just connected a bag to his, and it was working fine.

Meanwhile I have to get the top off the damn thing to realign it so the height adjustment works (it’s stuck down and the crank doesn’t raise it, making it hard to get the top off). It doesn’t look complicated, but there are lots of things to remove!

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#10 posted 05-14-2020 02:01 AM

It use to be that DeWalt pushed their dust collection assist device, then they were almost never seen, and now they are back. It’s essentially a cloth sack, on the end of a 4” tubing. I’ve been using 735’s for fine cleanup since they were first made, and it’s the only dust collection I’ve ever used on one. Never have had an issue do so either.

Buy one here.

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#11 posted 05-14-2020 02:38 AM

Occasionally I will use the bag from my leaf blower for my 735 if I’m doing it in the garage with the door closed. Else I just have other blow into a bush in my yard.

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#12 posted 05-14-2020 02:44 AM

The above link is a dust bag for miter saws….

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#13 posted 05-14-2020 04:40 AM

Here’s my evolution of dust collectors for the same model. The box with screen worked okay but I had to re-tape it every time I emptied it. The grain bag solved that problem but was too porous. The felt bag (<$20 from HD) is perfect.

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#14 posted 05-14-2020 10:46 AM

THickness planers make shavings not dust. It works fine without anything additional. It was designed to be used “portable” as it has an internal fan to blow stuff out.
Canvas bags are chip collectors, not dust collectors. They do not catch the fine dust that kills you, only the big stuff you won’t have to sweep up.

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#15 posted 05-14-2020 10:54 AM

I used dryer vent pipe into a garbage can before I had a dust collector. It worked fine.

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