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06-06-2014 02:54 AM

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Hi gang!
We have a Dewalt DW735 planer for ten years or so and it gets modest use in a hobby shop, but we do process a lot of white ash. Problem with the Dewalt is that it keeps breaking the chain drive gears. They just snap off and then you are dead in the water waiting for parts. We had the machine completely overhauled by a factory tech and the problem persists. We were planning 1/64 off a 4 inch wide piece of white ash. The gears broke again…
It’s at the shop getting fixed and then we are going to sell the darn thing…

So…. What medium size planer would you all recommend, except Dewalt of course.



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#1 posted 06-06-2014 02:59 AM

No complaints with my Dewalt planer (dw734) but whatever you decide on, I’d go for a spiral cutter head.

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 03:01 AM

I would buy a 13in floor model, heavy duty planer and be done with it, If your planing all the time you need something that will hold up but they all brealdown

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 03:26 AM

Try the 734. I’ve put enough maple, oak, and walnut through it to kill it. It just keeps on going. Maybe 5000 bd ft over the years and 4 blade changes.

I’ve hear the 735 has had these issues. I never hear that about the 734

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 03:57 AM

15” Taiwan knockoffs of the Delta/Invicta 13” planer 22-650
work well. It’s a proven design and not too heavy.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 04:02 AM

I would look at the 15” Jet with spiral cutterhead.

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 04:29 AM

Sold my 735 and bought a steel city bench top helical style planer. The quality of cut was night and day over the dewalts straight 3 cutter heads. I don’t have enough board feet through it yet, less than 500 bf to give it marks for durability but it’s a very fine machine.

Steel city tends to get a bad wrap on this site. I’m not sure if it’s lack of personal use of the machines or the fact that they don’t advertise much. It’s a quality company that produces quality machines.


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#7 posted 06-06-2014 09:20 AM

I tend to agree somewhat about the DeWalt planers. I have a 734 and it is currently down waiting for the 3rd drive belt to get here. If the planer tries to eat to big a cut it will stall and the belt burns through. The machine has done a great job for me when running and down time is minimal as DeWalt sends the belts right away. Damn things are $40 but this time I bought 2. Hope not to lose the second before I need it. I believe I will tape it to the underside of the intake table. Then I will know where it is.

I think the cure for your problem with the 735 can be solved with a helix cutter head At about $125, it’s cheaper than a new machine.

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#8 posted 06-06-2014 10:53 AM

I have had my DW735 a long time and not had that problem. I plane a lot of red oak and ash and never had a gear break or other problem. I must say that I do not run it at the high speed but use the lower one for better surface finish.

I would get a 15” Jet/Grizzley/Generic planer. They are great for taking off material.

I use a 15” Jet to take off most material and then use the DW735 to get to an exact thickness.

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