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#1 posted 12-16-2011 06:38 PM

The DW 735, 734 and even the older 733 come up for discussion on this site frequently. FYI – The 733 is a predecessor to the 734 and is very similar, except the 733 has 2 blades and the 734 has 3.

In general, you will read good comments about all 3. I’ve owned by 733 for over 10 years and I have run a lot of material through it and it has never given me a problem. I like it very much.

Recently, I saw a comment from someone who was unhappy with their, relatively new, 734. That is the only time I can recall seeing a negative comment about that machine. I don’t know if he just got a lemon or if there has been a deterioration in quality control.

I can’t speak to the Makita because I have no experience with it.

The 735 is an awesome machine and more expensive than the 734. The question for most of us is “do we need the extra the 735 has to offer. For me, the answer is “no”.

If you are considering the 735 please realize that the price difference may be more than you think because you really need the in-feed and out-feed tables and they are usually not included in the base price.

Word of warning – These machines, regardless of which one you choose, are loud. Please make sure to use good hearing protection.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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