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#1 posted 03-29-2012 07:18 AM

I have the Dewalt 734. I can honestly say this tool paid for itself faster than any other power tool I’ve purchased. This was the tool that allowed me to go to purchasing cheaper rough sawn wood and dimension it myself. The 734 differs from the 735 in that it is 12 and 1/2 inches versus 13” wide, has a manual vice auto cutter head lock, and only one feed speed but also comes with in/out-feed tables. My experience (which does not include reclaiming pallet wood or other recycled woods that all will be harder on blades) has been that if you want glass smooth finishes right out of the planer, then you will be changing blades often. However, if you’re willing to get the final finish out of the planer and one or two passes with a card scraper, then the blades last for hundreds of board feet before they even require turning around. Like all lunch box planers it is loud as hell but worth it for what it can do for you. All that being said, if I was planning on planing mostly pallet/found wood, I might be tempted to go to a two blade planer and spend more time scraping/sanding because I think that kind of lumber is likely to eat up a lot of blades.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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