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12-26-2013 05:10 PM

I’ve had this Ryobi 2 knife planer for around 6 years now, daily use, a couple months ago, I replaced the brushes, today the motor locked up completely. I don’t know if that’s average for all planers be it low quality or high quality? But I’m done! with buying junk or cheap crap which includes Ryobi, HF etc…

Right now I’m dead in the water and would like to get something today if possible, HD has the Ridgid R4331 Lowes has the Dewalt DW734 and 735

Type of use is small stuff, I’m a box maker and try to stay away from the real hard stuff, but on occasion I plan it, I’ve read the reviews on these three models all great reviews so I’m asking for opinions.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 05:18 PM

My Ryobi is making really bad noises. It won’t be long before it’s gone as well. My choice would be the Dewalt. Although I have to kill my Bosch also before I buy anything. Good shopping for you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 05:22 PM

Thanks Monte

I think I found the answer to my own question, I think I’m going to shoot for the middle priced one which is the DW734 I’ve heard more praise with it over the Rigid. Lowes has 5 of those in stock now.

I’d still like to hear others thought though.


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#3 posted 12-26-2013 05:23 PM

+1 for Dewalt. The 735 is a heck of a machine, and if you’re using it daily you’ll save a lot of frustration buying the best portable planer out there.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 05:27 PM


Check the pro’s and con’s on Amazon. My vote is for Grizzly unless you are going “all the way?” Hope you can afford the trip? LOL!

Have a better new year

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 05:29 PM

Ridgid is posting a commercial of lifetime guarantee, just like Milwaukee use to do?

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 05:30 PM

My Craigslist Dewalt 733? works well for me.

Good luck Randy on your choice!

If you’re close to Round Rock, maybe it’s still avialable?

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 05:30 PM

Grizzly 15” with helix blades will be my next planer if mine holds out another five years.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 05:38 PM

My 733 DeWalt has been a beast. If I were to replace it, I’d have to go with the 735. Therefore, I vote for DeWalt.

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 05:41 PM

I have the 735, and like it. For me the automatic cutterhead lock was worth the price.
It sounds like you focus on smaller projects, so you may be able to settle for a less expensive unit.
At least get your hands on the 735 and compare it with the others. It feels pretty robust for a benchtop planer. I have had mine for three years, and have gone through 4 or 5 sets of blades. It has not required any maintenance other than a little cleaning, and I have planed thousands of b.f.

Actually I find myself planing 5/4 rough stock down to 3/4”, so the lineal feet run through it would be many, many thousands of feet. I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the industrial planers with helical heads. However a shelix head is available for the 735, so it could work for most hobby shops.

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 05:42 PM

IMO…I’d go for the 735X. This X comes with extension tables. Just like the 735, two speed and 3 cutter head. I priced them on Amazon. With a $25.00 discount through Dewalt and free shipping it comes to $494.99

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 05:46 PM

I have the DW735. I recommend it highly. I don’t have the extension in/out tables and still get no snipe. It planes anything, has two speeds for quick and finish cuts, excellent dust ejection/extraction system, is a neat yellow color, tastes great and is less filling. This planer has the capability to cure AIDS, cancer and hunger, and bring about world peace. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

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#12 posted 12-26-2013 05:49 PM

Don’t know much about the 735 from personal experience. I have heard good and bad things about it. I listen to the woodtalk podcast and I know one of the hosts, Shannon AKA the renaissance woodworker had some serious issues with his. Seems like mostly good things I hear about them, though. If you don’t deal with hardwoods too much, I think a portable machine would be a good call. So the 734 and 735 sound like decent deals.

By the way, I had a delta lunchbox planer do the exact same thing to me about a month ago. I replaced the brushes and after about 20 minutes the thing went down. Sold it to a guy and he said he knew what the problem was. From what it looked like to me though, it would have taken $100 and a day to fix. Not worth it in my book for an old lightweight planer. I agree with your decision to buy a new one. That is what I did.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#13 posted 12-26-2013 05:51 PM

Get the Dewalt 735 if you are looking for a “portable” planer. Hands down the best one on the market.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 12-26-2013 05:56 PM

Well weight would be a deciding factor as it doesn’t have a permanent home on my shop I have a stationery shelf it sits on until it makes it’s way to my bench top

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#15 posted 12-26-2013 06:01 PM

I’ve had a DW735x for about 3 years. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made in tools. Amazon will beat the socks off Lowe’s price.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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