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wishicouldplay

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06-07-2015 06:03 PM

I have a dewalt 733 and have the chance to get a dw735 for $50 after selling my733.Anyone have input on if I should do this “upgrade” or not? Nothing is wrong with my 733, but would like that extra speed and 1/2”. Has anyone on here switched from the 733 to the 735?


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#1 posted 06-07-2015 06:57 PM

My 735 was a replacement for a Delta, so I can’t compare it to the 733.
I can say that the 735 is a joy to use. Get the in feed and out feed tables, though. (735X)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 07:09 PM

No, but I’m pretty sure the 733 is a 2 post and the 735 is a 4 post. The second speed is awesome. The chip ejection fan is strong enough to where I rarely turn the DC on unless I’m doing more than a small piece or 2. I traded a rifle for a month old 735 with extra blades and it’s the best thing since sliced bread for me.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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wishicouldplay

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 08:36 PM

Well I went ahead and bought the 735. Ive been comparing the two and the 733 cuts a better finish, but the 735 has considerably less snipe. I have a co worker that is going to buy my 733 for 200 and I just paid 250 for the 735. Now which to keep. I like both.

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 09:21 PM

The 733 is a four poster.
Did the 735 have the extension tables with it?
Bill

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 09:25 PM

For me the 735 is too big, as I have to move it around to use. My 733 has worked well for 15 years. I am trying to decide whether to out a shelix in it or get a 734. If you have the space and don’t have to move it around, I think I would keep the 735.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 10:35 PM

Firefighterontheside my space will allow it, but it is bulkier than the 733. The one and only thing I dont like about the 734 or the 735 is the thin blades. As you know the blades on the 733 are heavy duty i think 1/8” thick and can be sharpened. The new ones have to be flipped and are half the thickness. I have thought about saving up for the shelix head, but man thats some $$$ and two hours of my time to do. I will say that thesnipe is less on the 735.

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#7 posted 06-07-2015 11:07 PM

I’ve been using the same 3 sets of knives for my 733 for 15 years but I’ve had them sharpened so many times that I think I’ve run out of room to sharpen any more. To buy 3 new sets will cost $120. I’d rather put that money into a new planer or a shelix for the 733. My concern is whether my old 733 will last long enough to make it worth investing into it. I hear what you’re saying about the reversible knives. They are supposed to be harder steel than the sharpenable ones. My question is whether the carbide cutters on the shelix will last long enough to be cost effective.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 06-07-2015 11:58 PM


My question is whether the carbide cutters on the shelix will last long enough to be cost effective.

- firefighterontheside

I have never seen anyone question the long term cost savings of carbide bit cutters. IME there is no comparison particular if you consider your time worth anything. I have a Byrd head on my planer but knives on my jointer, I would switch the jointer but being a direct motor drive Northfield the price for the head is “significant”. Even though I sharpen my own knives for the jointer it would still probably be near the cost of carbide bits in the long run. Even if you value your time at a very low rate carbide bits are still the way to go and will beat the finish on all hobby machines but still can’t beat a large diameter cutter head with knives ground and jointed in situ nor some of the higher end knife heads like a Terminus.

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 12:38 AM

What planer do you have?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 09:07 PM

Bill, Make a cart/stand with casters for the planer.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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wishicouldplay

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 09:28 PM

Ahuxley I take it you like the shelix cutter head. I was looking at that or just carbide tip blades. Both will cost $$$, but in the long run what would the cost of constantly buying new blades run me? What brand of carbide blades do you guys prefer?

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 10:41 PM

I think the costs really depend on how much wood you are going to plane. If it is several hundred board feet or more then the carbide will probably be worth it. The other thing with carbide blades is that they can be damaged by a piece of metal in the wood. If I had expensive blades, I would certainly have a metal detector.

I think the same cost issues arise with with shelix head. However, if you are going to plane gnarly wood grain, the shelix head is the only way to go. In addition, with the shelix head will make sense if you are planing a lot of wood.

I would absolutely love to have a Shelix Head in my DW735 but just can not make an economic case for it. There are some other tools that have a higher priority on my want list.

I have looked at the carbide blades for myself on the DW735 but just could not justify them. Carbide tipped blades are around $224 versus $73 for HSS at Infinity Tools.

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#13 posted 06-08-2015 11:06 PM

Not having to mess with the cutterhead lock alone is worth upgrading to the 735.
Whether or not the blades will last depends on how much material you chew through. For me what made sense was the 735 with the Shelix helical head. I have been happy so far.
It has let me mill figured stock that would have suffered tearout with standard knives. I like the helical heads because they have inserts with 4 sharp edges. If you do nick one (hasn’t happened to me yet), you simply rotate a couple inserts and you are back in business.

Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 06-08-2015 11:27 PM

Maybe someday Gene. Right now I have too much stuff to have room for another cart. Planning to build a closet of sorts off the shop to put dust collector in and keep all of my scraps in. That will free up some real estate.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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