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Used DeWalt 735 pre-purchase ???

by DIYaholic
posted 10-06-2012 10:11 PM

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 10:13 PM

You need a board or two.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 10:15 PM

Turn it on, run some lumber, listen to the motor
and check the results.
Sounds like a good deal Randy.
Enjoy your new to you planer.

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 10:24 PM

If the motor works and everything functions, buy it. It’s a steal for that price.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 10:45 PM

I hope I find a deal like that on my birthday: as others have said: its a steal if its in running condition.

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 10:51 PM

After you’ve passed a test board or two don’t be too discouraged if you get a little snipe. For that asking price, more than likely it will need new knives. Last time I looked they run around $55 but sometimes can be found cheaper on eBay.

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 11:45 PM

Great score! Even if you have a repair bill for something, you’ll still have a great deal.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 11:49 PM

Wow! What a deal. Is it “hot”?!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 01:15 AM

Start it up. If it runs smooth change the cuts setting(while it’s running) if it doesn’t make any noise or fly apart you have a great “steal”

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 01:29 AM

How can you pass up such a great ”opportubity” as this one !!??

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 01:36 AM

If it were me, at that price, this wouldn’t have been a “Should I” thread. It would be a “Gloat” thread.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 01:56 AM

Randy I am happy for you.
Now you will have to get that dust collection going.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 03:51 AM

My DW735 is probably one of my top two purchases in my shop. And that is at full price from Lowe’s. With this machine I can do a lot more things with wood at a lot faster pace. All you need with this machine is a dust collector and some wood….........................

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 10-07-2012 01:04 PM

Bring aboard with you and try it.Run the board through on one speed setting then the other setting. The machine must be runing to change speeds. The tool to change blades is missing,no big thing. I think amazon
sells blades for about 70 dollars for two sets. And yes this is a great deal.

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#14 posted 10-07-2012 01:50 PM

The only thing I could add would be to see if the screws that hold the blades in place are not frozen tight. I would test loosen a couple just to be sure. It’s a real pain to remove if they are seized up.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 10-07-2012 02:01 PM

The 735 is an excellent machine.

You need to:
1) know that the motor runs without an audible noise – it’s a loud machine, but it has a consistent tone.
2) The set/allen screws which hold the blades should be checked to ensure they’re not frozen, missing, or stripped in some manner. The allen wrench is a standard size, so bring along a set, if the original one is missing.
3) Speed changes – must be checked; as mentioned, the machine must be running.
4) Plane at least two boards, to ensure the boards are planed to the same thickness both edge-to-edge and when compared to each other.
5) Ensure you get the dust collection adapter/connector – this is a molded plastic connector which fits onto a fixed pin on the back of the machine.

I hope this helps

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#16 posted 10-07-2012 02:58 PM

Thank you every one, for your input and advice. An ”opprotubity” like this MUST be taken advantage of and I’m just the guy to do it!!!

I just called and verified the availability, it’s mine if I want it. I have to go take a leisurely drive, through the now very colorful Green Mountains, to view/inspect & purchase my planer. I’ll report back with the outcome later today.

Again, thanks for you time and insights….....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#17 posted 10-07-2012 03:06 PM

Good luck on the inspection. Hope it all works for you. I love my Dewalt 735. Its a great planer.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#18 posted 10-07-2012 03:30 PM

At that price, I can’t believe you’d even have time to call it an “opportunity”, and to get on the internet and talk about it. In my experience, at that price, you email and ask for directions, and do all your thinking as you go squealing-tires over there.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#19 posted 10-07-2012 04:30 PM

I have one and love it. By the picture from the top the star wrench is not in it’s place. It is stored in that hole in the top. You should ask him if he has it. It’s not a big deal at that price but would be nice to have.

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#20 posted 10-07-2012 11:16 PM

The Low Down

When I looked at the machine, it appeared used and dusty, but not abused. The machine traveled smoothly troughout its height adjustments, the stock removal gauge functioned. Things looked OK. Then I discovered that there were NO BLADES!!! The cutter head also had some scars from the missing screws that had chewed it up a bit. So, no planing of any boards for a thorough assessment. After plugging it in, the motor spun and the feed rollers all did their spinning thing. Like an idiot, I forgot to test the dual feed rate with a board, so the only thing I know is that the lever switch works, but I don’t know if the feed rate changed. Duh!!! Turns out, in/outfeed tables are MIA, along with the DC “adapter”, “dust chute” and T-wrench.

What to do….....

I took the $100.00 gamble and bought it. I figured even if I put $200.00 into replacement parts, I had a good deal.

I have amassed a “potential” parts list and it will empty my bank account of about $150.00. I did not include new blades in this total, as they are a “consumable” item. So as long as the dual speed works, I have a (not neccesarily gently) used DeWalt DW735 for the sum of $250.00. Not a bad way to spend my birthday money!!!

I want to again thank everyone for their assistance and input. Have I ever said, I love CraigsList and LJs!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#21 posted 10-07-2012 11:50 PM

Good Show!

The decision stands on its own – it was made based on asking the right questions, looking for the right things, and getting the best information you could – that’s all you owe yourself.

These machines are tough and top-of-the-mark; that is, no one has come out with something better in the 10 years it’s been on the market.

Get it running properly, they use it.

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#22 posted 10-08-2012 02:19 AM

You got me so worked up on that deal I had to put mine into action today and planed 80 feet of rough sawn cedar for some chairs I want to build. It reminded me that its tme to wax my table again as I had to assist a few boards along. I thought I would pass on a maintinace item you should do when refurbishing your new purchase. I apply paste car wax on the table, let it dry to a haze and then buff it out by hand. It helps with the feed through of the boards. That is the only issue I have had on mine. Good luck, get her going and let the chips fly!

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