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07-16-2015 05:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt planer planer

Zoro tool company is having a 20% off orders greater than $150 with promo code “ROADTRIP”. Today only. July 16 2015…

I am shopping for planer. Weekend worker here. Trying to decide between dewalt planers dw735 or dw734. Both have great reviews, so I’m torn on which model will work best for my occasion needs. I am mostly into making jigs, cutting boards, boxes… Small scale stuff and only a hobbyist…


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#1 posted 07-16-2015 06:23 PM

I don’t think you can go wrong with either one to be honest. Also, I have looked on zoro.com before and I have noticed that they are higher than lowes or amazon.com by alot. The 20% discount only makes it the same price at those other places.

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 06:37 PM

I have the 733 bought long ago. It has served me well so, if I were to buy today, I’d probably go with the 734.
Much lighter, but the economics and my use patterns fit it just fine.
If I did work with highly figured wood, the 735 would fit best regardless of cost or weight.
Bill

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 07:04 PM

I was in the same boat few months ago and got the 734 and happy with my decision…

-- VSKGAMING

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#4 posted 07-16-2015 07:27 PM



I don t think you can go wrong with either one to be honest. Also, I have looked on zoro.com before and I have noticed that they are higher than lowes or amazon.com by alot. The 20% discount only makes it the same price at those other places.

- BadBrad

Who else has it for $480 shipped?

To the OP both are solid lunchbox planers but the 735 is the best in bread currently (and for years). I think it is worth the extra money BUT the 734 is about as good as most of the rest of them out there. If I were in the market for a lunchbox I wouldn’t look past the 735.

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#5 posted 07-16-2015 08:06 PM

I had a lunchbox similar to the 734, and always had a problem with the head lock vibrating off if running a lot of BF. I got lucky when HD was closing out thier real tools on display to change for pictures and got a goofy deal on a 735, the wider base and the auto lock are IMO worth paying the the $200 more (at retail) and would suggest that if you can swing it you should, because once you’ve got a planer, you’ll realize how nice it is to be able to buy 4/4 and get the thicknesses you want, for everything. The next step fro the 735 would be a floor model and I don’t think I may ever reach that point with all that can be done by the 735.

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 08:22 PM

I couldn’t decide which planer either, but ended up with the 735 and I couldn’t be happier. It’s heavy, (abt 85 lbs) so don’t plan on carrying it around much. What I like most is that there is no snipe…well, there is, but it’s so little that a few swipes with 150 grit sand paper will eliminate the snipe line. The line is only a few thousandths and it can be seen, but is almost impossible to feel. The head has never moved on me, so I think it has an automatic lock. The internal blower makes it almost unnecessary to use a dust collector to collect the chips, but the 735 comes with a kind of nozzle to shoot the chips out in a wide flat spray. If you use it inside with just this nozzle the chips will travel horizontal for about 10 ft before hitting the wall at almost that same height DAMHIKT. It quickly makes a very big mess if you try to use it this way in the shop or outside, but the internal blower will easily blow the chips through a 10-15 ft hose and into a barrel (cover the barrel tightly with burlap type material). I bought DeWalt’s hose accessory that has a fabric barrel cover on the end and it works very well. Don’t try to feed the chips into a shop vac. You will be emptying the shop vac bag every other pass of the board DAMHIKT. You need at least a 40 gal chip barrel.

I bought a hand truck type miter saw stand and mounted the 735 planer to it via a DIY 3/4 plywood adapter plate. The stand holds the planer and it stands on end in the corner of my shop like a hand truck. When I want to use it I take it outside and tilt it down so the handle is touching the ground. Then I lift the part with the planer attached up to bench height and the hand truck part becomes a scissors cross braced stand which is very stable. The DeWalt version of this stand seems to be the best one of this type today. My stand was made by Delta about the time that DeWalt and Delta split, so they were both making the same identical stand in different colors for a while. The yellow one (DeWalt) would be the one that I would buy today. Gas springs help do the lifting, so it’s very easy to set up or fold back down. This stand latches in the up position until a lever is pushed while at the same time lifting slightly and then the stand will let you fold it slowly back down into the hand truck shape. Extension rollers at each end of the stand can easily be extended and are adjustable up and down to match the board height and support the board well enough that the 735 extension tables option isn’t really necessary, but they will work with this stand if you want them. I’ve added a Wixey DRO to my 735 too. My only complaint being that every time I try to use the planer the DRO battery is dead (I guess I don’t use it often enough).

Charley

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sheriffbob

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 10:08 PM



I don t think you can go wrong with either one to be honest. Also, I have looked on zoro.com before and I have noticed that they are higher than lowes or amazon.com by alot. The 20% discount only makes it the same price at those other places.

- BadBrad

Zoro website needs some work, but I have ordered from them in the past and I recommend them. Cheaper than McMasterCarr and Home Depot for hardware. The tools seem to be equivalent in price to lowes and Amazon too. At least for the dewalt planers. Amazon has Dw735x for $650 and 735 for $589. 735x comes with extensions trays and extra blades. Zoro does even offer the “x” model, which is what I want. If I buy Zoro with extensions my total comes to $575 after discount and tax. Yesterday Amazon has 735x on sale for $599 before tax… Seems to me the Zoro price and discount makes this a good buy. Occasionally Zoro offers a 30% deal, but no telling when the sale will come back.

Thanks for input everyone. 735 here I come…

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 10:19 PM

I didn’t get here early enough to put in my 2cents BEFORE you ordered, but now that I see which one you chose, I think you made a good decision. You wont be disappointed.

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sheriffbob

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 10:26 PM



I didn t get here early enough to put in my 2cents BEFORE you ordered, but now that I see which one you chose, I think you made a good decision. You wont be disappointed.

- JoeinGa

I have not ordered yet, but plan to tonight, if the funds are there and I can convince the “boss”(wife). Two kids and a mortgage…

I would love to hear any and more opinions…

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sheriffbob

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#10 posted 07-17-2015 04:13 AM

Bought the 735… Thanks for input

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#11 posted 07-18-2015 04:34 PM

I think you’ll be happy with your choice. I bought one a few months ago. I haven’t used it much yet, but it’s a lot nicer than my aging Delta lunchbox that it replaced. As CharleyL mentioned, chip/dust extraction is great. I connect a vac hose to the planer outlet & hang it into a lidded garbage can with a towel hanging over the gaps; very little escapes.

I got mine through Rockler for $650; included the 735x & DeWalt mobile stand. I did have to add $50 for shipping.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#12 posted 07-18-2015 11:31 PM

I’ve had both. 735 all the way.

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sheriffbob

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#13 posted 07-18-2015 11:43 PM

So I ordered… 735 and extension trays. The 735x comes with 735, trays, and extra set of blades for $650. Some vendors are throwing in the mobile stand. I got just the planer and trays for $639, BUT after Zoro 20% off coupon, I walked away $561 total(including tax and shipping).

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