Planer question: Dewalt 0735 or Grizzly 0815

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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 08-09-2016 01:57 AM 626 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2016 01:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer planers dewalt grizzly 0815 0735

I am upgrading from my old lunchbox AP10 Ryobi. I am trying to keep this under $1000 and have a small shop. Option 1: Dewalt 0735 which Amazon has for $589 with tables and extra knives. I have Amazon Prime so shipping is free. I know the knives dull quickly and can not be resharpened, which I dislike. I would likely consider a Shelix head upgrade but not for awhile.
Option 2: Grizzly has the 0815 on sale for under $900, not including shipping and without a base. I would need to build the base and finally get around to wiring a 240v circuit that I have been putting off. With shipping, this would max out my budget. This is a 15” and the extra power sounds great. Does anyone know the quality of the knives and how easy they are to set.

I have seen and read a lot about the Dewalt, but the Grizzly seems to be less known. Any help would be great.


-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 02:16 AM

I have had the DeWalt 735 for about 4 years now. Have no experience with the Grizzly 0815.
Am very satisfied with the DeWalt. Don’t do a whole lot of planing, but just replaced the original blades after some difficulty planing some very old long leaf pine. The original blades look and feel OK and the replacements also struggled with the same boards. Point is, the blades are, in my experience not so short lived. Have snipe rarely. Replacing the blades was very easy. I do have several Grizzly machines and am certainly not knocking them. In fact, I have the Grizzly 6” jointer with the helix heads and think it is a very good piece of equipment (also proof that the helix heads are MUCH quieter!).

While I agree that an 8” jointer is probably a better choice than the 6”, I don’t know that a 15” planer would make that much difference to me.

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 02:24 AM

I have used a Grizzly 15” in the past. It was a great tool, as long as you kept sharp blades in it. Changing the blades was done by other people, so I don’t know if they were new or resharpened.
The planer was a brute of a machine, able to take off a significant amount of wood in each pass. The wood we were using was primarily rift-cut cedar, which had been air-dried. By the time you got rid of the saw marks, you had a beautiful, smooth, and parallel-faced piece of wood. I don’t recall a single time we had a board that was not true on the two faces. Planer snipe was minimal, but it was there.
Now – about a new Grizzly planer. I don’t know. I used this one about 10 years ago, so I’m certain the model you’re looking at is not the same. And, of course, I don’t remember the model number. Grizzly seems to source their machines from various manufacturers, so it’s not even possible to say that the same factory built yours. But I can say that I was very pleased with the machine I used.
If you are anywhere within driving distance of a Grizzly showroom, go there and see what you’re buying. It’s a big investment, but it will be even bigger if you get it and you’re not happy with it. If you can’t get to Grizzly, call them and ask them if anyone in your neighborhood has one. They might be able to set up a visit with another woodworker.
Full disclosure: I am an amateur. I buy stuff from Grizzly, and I’m generally pleased with it. Finish details are usually less than you would expect from a ‘brand name’ manufacturer, but the tools work fine. The planer I own now is a Dewalt, but I’d probably replace it with a Grizzly. I think they give a better (more capable) product for the money.

-- Tom, Cincinnati OH

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 04:03 PM

Have you searched this site about the Grizzly?

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 05:56 PM

It depends on what you want to do. If you want to plane a lot of rough lumber get the Grizzly. Note that many like the Grizzly have a serrated infeed roller and you have to take enough off of the Wood to remove marks.

The DeWalt is well known and liked. I have it and a 15” Jet. I use the DeWalt much more often. I put some Infinity blades on my DeWalt and it works great and one of my best tools.

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 06:20 PM

I have used the DW 735 and the DW 734. I own the 734, and would reccommend that to you over the 735. It is cheaper, lasts longer, and has all the same features except two speeds. and by the way, I have never come across a reason to use a slower speed. The DW 735 always seemed to have problems.

I’ve never used the griz. planer, but have several other Grizzly tools, (Bandsaw, Tablesaw) and they are EXCELLENT quality at the price point. I would not hesitate to reccommend any Grizzly. My advise would be if you want to spend less, get the DW 734, and if you want to spend more, the Griz. FInally, it IS nice to have that extra 3” of planing capacity. And when you step up to the heavier machine, they inherently work better and last longer.

My 2 cents plus!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 06:29 PM

One more thing that I don’t think anyone mentioned yet – The Dewalts and any “lunch box” style planer use a universal motor, and they scream. They are probably twice as loud as the larger units that have an induction motor (like the Griz. you mentioned). So if noise is a factor, go big!

-- Pete

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 06:40 PM

Hello Justin, I own a DW735 and to me it is the best lil planer to enter my shop in the past 40 years. It has never given snipe and is just a pleasure to use. Also, check out the reviews section in here, there are quite a few for the 735.

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 07:26 PM

Can’t speak to the particular Grizzly model. I have an older 15” Grizzly of similar design. I have a set of Freud knives and a set of what I assume were the OEMs. There’s no difference in performance or durability that I can tell.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 10:55 AM

I own a Dewalt 735, and have several Grizzly tools that I really like, but not the planer. I am very satisfied with the Dewalt; having found that the blade changes are really easy, and that they stay sharp as long or longer than the ones on my previous Delta. The dust collection/extraction is outstanding with it’s built in chip ejection fan. My only beef with the 735 is the noise. It is a real screamer. It is the only tool in my shop that I have concerns about bothering the neighbors and only use it during the daytime. I have not had a problem with my Dewalt in the five years that I have owned it. My experiences with Grizzly tools has been excellent. Great tools, good values and excellent customer support. I think that you will like the Dewalt, but the Griz with the induction motor will be quieter. Good luck, have fun and work safely.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#10 posted 08-10-2016 12:00 PM

My advise would be if you want to spend less, get the DW 734, and if you want to spend more, the Griz. FInally, it IS nice to have that extra 3” of planing capacity. And when you step up to the heavier machine, they inherently work better and last longer.

My 2 cents plus!


With all due respect to PPK:
If I may add ,if he wants to spend somewhere in the middle but get an exceptional ,well made, very dependable planer he should get the DW735.
To the OP, if you wonder why DW735 model is so popular with the woodworkers, do a few research on woodworking forums ,not many of reviews knock the DW734,or similar lunchbox planers but the majority of DW735 owners just love owning this planer, there has to be a reason for it.

BTW, I have had zero problems with my DW735.4 years old,hobby use,3 hours or so a week.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 08-13-2016 07:22 PM

Took the plunge today and ordered the Grizzly G0815. Should be here in a week. I’ll update this when I get it up and running.


-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#12 posted 08-13-2016 08:01 PM

Good for you…just out of curiosity why did you choose it over the DW735?

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#13 posted 08-17-2016 12:15 PM

Look forward to your review of your new planer. Best of luck. I believe that Grizzly has come a long way in their quality control of their products. I purchased a new table saw from Grizzly earlier this year, G01023, and really love it. Very high quality saw.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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