Dewalt Planer 734 vs 735 questions

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09-25-2013 11:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt planer 734 735 question milling

Hi Jocks,

I am looking at getting my first thickness planer and I have a question for the brain trust here. I am leaning toward the 734 due to the fine reviews here and the cost difference between it and the 735. I have one lingering question about the difference in the cuts per inch. The 734 is 96 CPI and the 735 will do 96 or 179 CPI.
For you 735 owners out there, how much better do you see the 179 CPI doing? Is it enough to justify the extra cost in your opinion?

Thank you for your help.

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 11:34 PM

I like the 2-speeds. I run the boards through as fast as I can until the last finishing cut and then I go slow. If I had to bring a few hundred feet down to thickness at 96 I’d go stir crazy waiting for it to finish.

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 11:36 PM

If all of the other features that the 735 has that the 734 doesn’t have don’t make any difference to you then the 2 speeds offered by the 735 is not that big of a deal. On the other hand both are very nice planers but the 735 is a much nicer one than the 734. My .02¢.

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 11:41 PM

I have the 735 and often do my initial planning at 96 with my final pass at 179 to get the smoother finish. I baby my machine and don’t take more than an 1/8th or 1/16 at a time. I like the adjustment on the side of the 735 vs the top on the 734. I think it’s also a little heavier than the 734. I would look at the dust collection on the two as that to me was most important. Make sure you get same paste wax to apply to the table to help with the feeding. I’m sure either will treat you right.

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 12:30 AM

I have the 734 and feel it’s the better buy.
When I researched the two here’s what I found:
- While the 735 has the “finishing speed”, the finish I get with the 734 is great with very little sanding needed to get the parts ready for finish.
- The 735 has a built in chip blower, the 734 doesn’t.
- The 734 weighs 80 lbs, the 735 100 lbs.
- Byrd makes shelix heads for both.

In the end, I decided on the 734, because while the 735 may be a nicer planer, I don’t believe it’s $200+ nicer.
I have no regrets going for the 734. Regardless of the planer chosen, parts will still need sanding. The better planers minimize this.

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 12:43 AM

I am happy that I bought the 734 vs. the 735. IMHO…

- The 734 leaves a nice finish. Re. the faster speed option on the 735, how long does that advantage remain, given the propensity of blades to develop small nicks (so, like the 734, light sanding will be needed, in all likelihood).

- The 735 has a dust port in the back, right over the center of the outfeed table. I see this a potential P.I.A. as the hose could interfere with the workpiece as it exits (the 734’s dust port is on the side).

- 734, while it lacks an impeller, emits little dust when mated with a decent dust collector (mine is a Shop Fox W1727 – a lower-end unit, but works quite well with this machine).

Both planers, no doubt, are quality machines. Nice to have a choice in the matter. 735 is more elaborate; main question is, which is the better bang for the buck? Good luck with your shopping.

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 01:04 AM

I have the 735 and like it. I bought it because it has a chip extractor fan that allows you to run this planer without a dust collector. I have a cloth adapter to fit the top of a trash can that the 4” chip extractor hose fits into. Works well.

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#7 posted 09-26-2013 01:13 AM

I don’t have the blade nicking issue on my 735. I’m still on the original blades on their original size, and I’ve planed quite a lot of wood. The slow speeds is nice to finish it up. You will still need sanding, but you can skip lower grits.

The dust port in the rear isn’t ideal, but with a flex hose pushed to the side of the table, it doesn’t interfere with anything.

I’m glad I got the 735 and I’d buy it again in a heartbeat, even though it’s more expensive.

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#8 posted 09-26-2013 01:26 AM

One thing that is not mentioned is that the DW735 makes a lot of NOISE. I have to wear earplugs with mine.

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#9 posted 09-26-2013 01:45 AM

Doesn’t the 734 have a cutterhead lock you need to flip down after every height change?
The 735 has an automatic cutterhead lock. that is reason enough for me.
I have planed 1000’s of b.f. with the 735 with no issues. I use the slow speed for all finish cuts. It is less likely to tearout on highly figured woods like white oak.

Good luck

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#10 posted 09-26-2013 02:22 AM

I own a 734 that was made about 20 years ago when it still used two a knife cutterhead as opposed to three. Admittedly, I’ve only played around with the 735 in the store, but I have found it to be much smoother that my ‘ole lunch box 734. I am also looking at purchasing a 735 but with 4 sets of knives I just had professionally resharpened it doesn’t make much sense to buy a new planer. Plus the purchase won’t pass the “wife test” right now. I did make a koolio dust chute for it to hook up to my dust collector. I would post photos of it to share the idea, but ironically, it just broke on me this evening (after 6 years of faithful service) as I was planing some maple….go figure. Oh well, I guess I’m back to the “plane and sweep” method of milling.

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#11 posted 09-26-2013 03:43 AM

@Willie: Yep, the 734 cutterhead lock is manual.
It becomes second nature after a few passes though.

@Redoak49: All benchtop planers are screamers. The makita 2012NB is the quietest of the bunch, but using most power tools without hearing protection is foolish.

I do the plane and sweep too…
Works for me. ;-)

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