I was just checking out the DeWalt DW734 and DeWalt DW735 planers and wondering, when all is said and done, whether the DW735 is worth the almost $200 higher cost than the DW734. They have the same powered motor and both have 3 blades. The 735 has the built-in chip extractor and has two speeds and weighs a bit more. I wonder if the chip extractor is necessary if you are using the planer with a dust collector anyway. And I’ve read that Ridgid, on their models, tested different speeds and found the surface difference negligible and therefore decided not to go to the expense of offering two speeds on their planers. Is the 735 just more accurate in terms of settings? Other than kind of looking cooler, is the 735 worth the extra $200? $200 would go a long way in buying a jointer on craigslist.
A few years back in Fine Woodworking, they ranked a bunch of benchtop planers according to all kinds of different factors. The DW735 tied with a Craftsman planer for the top spot. These rankings are helpful in some ways but I wonder how they do their testing in terms of measuring whether tables are out of parallel and that sort of stuff. Are they testing one machine or multiple examples of each model? And when they measure snipe, do they measure how much snipe there is out of the box or after the tables have been adjusted to prevent snipe?
-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/