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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:03 PM

These dwalt 735 threads always take off. Here are some other things to watch for on this machine that I have experienced and that have been mentioned in the past.
1: The cowling wears at the back. This happens at about 50,000 Board Feet. It can quickly fill the case with chips and cause damage. The part is cheap and easy to replace, so watch for this and fix right away. 2. Do not use with in-adequate dust collection. Our 5hp shop vac was not enough and chips would back up and wear the cowling faster. It is that the on board chip vac moves a lot of air and that causes the prob. If it is the only option, rigg the nozzle to sit 1/2” back to create an air release. It will get most the chips and fine dust w/o backing up, or create a pressure release somewhere else in the system. It works great with a 1.5 hp dust collector. It has to do with the airflow, not suction or power. 3. It is loud. 4. Two parts are subject to fatigue. The cogs on the in and out feed roller drive, they don’t wear, they crack and the chain starts slipping. (Cheap and easy to replace) and the out feed roller (Cheepish, not easy to replace)(happens like a clock at about 500,000 BF) Both can be mitigated by only running half of what the depth gauge recommends. And last. power. It will overheat and fail if it is run long term on inadequate power. Run it of of direct power, or read carefully the specs needed to run it off of an extension cord. I have run these machines in an industrial setting and they have earned my respect. The factory max repair is $299. With an average life of 10 years before big repairs are needed, (near continuous use in an industrial setting) I can easily get a lifetime of use out of them before it gets more expensive than an industrial machine. Width is the only thing that has pushed me to buy bigger and I will continue to run this next to 18” I just bought.

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