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Forum topic by lighthearted posted 04-15-2010 06:37 AM 1249 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2010 06:37 AM

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I have been looking at portable Dewalt planers and I am trying to figure out the difference between the DW734 & the DW735, beside the design and $200. Recommendations?
I bought a 10” combo planer/jointer, a while back and the planer portion is a joke.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 04-15-2010 02:48 PM

The 735 has 2 speeds – the 734 has 1 speed. On the 734 you have to lock the cutter head in place. When you want to change heights you have to unlock, change the head with the crank and lock again. The 735 has an automatic built in lock mechanism.

The 734 comes with acceptable fold down input and output trays. With the 735 you need to buy the trays in addition to the purchase of the planer.

The 735 looks sexier.

I’ve had a 733 (predecessor to the 734) for over 10 years and it has performed flawlessly. If I ever had to replace it I would buy the 734.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 03:06 PM

had a 735, ran a lot of lumber through it, great machine, great finish

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 05:19 PM

In terms of performance (snipe, at least), the little brother ISN’T far behind the big brother.

Blatant copyright violation….

Incidentally, that’s a cute picture, in your avatar. Be VERY careful. You seem AWFULLY young to be playing with power tools :-D

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 05:29 PM

I have had the 735 for a while and it works great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 05:30 PM

I have the 734 and have had for about 3 years. I had to initially adjust the tables when I purchased it and have had to turn the knives once. The 734 comes with a set of 2sided knives and are very easy to change. I did have some snipe in the beginning and after the adjustments is now gone. The planer is LOUD as are all lunchbox sytle planers. If I had to do it all over again I dont think I would change a thing. However, if a nice older Parks, Rockwell, Powermatic shows up for a good price the 734 will be gone.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 06:24 PM

Thanks for the advise guys!

@richgreer & @MedicKen very helpful answers.

I think I will go for the 735. After purchasing the Jet 10” combo, that I am unhappy with I am shy about buying anything inferior that I might not be happy with down the road.

-- Chris

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#7 posted 04-16-2010 06:25 PM

@Neil—I am very good at sharpening pencils! ;)

-- Chris

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#8 posted 04-16-2010 06:41 PM

I have had my 734 for almost 3 years and within that time I have run a LOT of oak and birtch through it. I love this machine. However… be sure to wear ear protection because, as someone else has pointed out… it is very loud.


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Rob Drown

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#9 posted 04-16-2010 07:00 PM

I’ve got the 735.
ditto to all comments and the blades are easy to change and last pretty well. Does a lot of work, loud and makes a lot of chips. You need some kind of dust collection.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 06:45 AM

Well thanks all!! Very helpful info.
Well I am proud to announce the arrival yesterday of a 99lbs. Dewalt 375 in my shop. I have to say wow! what a difference. I spend the the day sizing up some boards and was very impressed. I also ordered the outfeed tables and snipe was not an issue. I built my own rolling stand this morning.
So thanks again for all your input.

-- Chris

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 07:01 AM

Good choice! Have had mine tor 4 years & it has run a lot of wood, even IPE with no concerns. The last time I ran some Douglas fir thru it she wouldn’t pull the wood thru without me pushing like crazy. I cleaned the tables & rollers then turned the blades over & like new again. I just love the 735 but do get the extra cost in & out feed tables, they have made a big improvement.

-- $tudie

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Bill White

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 03:29 PM

Bought my 733 in 1997. Had to replace the drive belt just last week. That thing has been a workhorse.
I always use ear protection when planing with that screamer.


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