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06-02-2010 02:34 PM

Hello, Im new to lumberjocks, have been woodworking for about 3 years, and have been serious about putting my shop together recently. Ive come into a little extra money selling off some unused tools. Im debating on what to buy, I just purchased a 6” ridgid jointer from hd 240.00 on sale. Have been looking at different benchtop planers, ive read alot of mixed reviews of the dewalt 735 and for 600-700 dollars I would like to be confident its a quality buy, also been looking at dewalt 734 the smaller verson for around 400 bucks. I have a large supply of 20-30 year old rough sawn walnut that i want to clean up and Im conserned the 734 cant handle that much work. My other option is currently have a JET jpm-13 the older blue model which I havent used alot got from craigslist a couple years hasnt been working very well , may just need new blades and cleaned up, has any one used the older jet jpm 13 blue model, and how does it run with newer blades is it worth putting money into.

-- matt - berea, ohio

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 03:47 PM

I have the Dewalt 735 and my experience with it has been very positive…it works great. I sometimes wish I had a planer that was wider so I could do a wider board, but for the money the Dewalt seems to work well. I have had it it for a couple of years now and I have done a lot of rough cut and reclaimed lumber and it hasnt failed me yet.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 04:18 PM

Can only tell ya that my old and trusty DW 733 has never let me down. Mine uses blades that can be sharpened.
If ya go the 735 route, be sure to add the in and outfeed tables.


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#3 posted 06-02-2010 04:21 PM

Matt you have that Jet planer which is supposed to be a good machine. Chances are your blades need to be replaced. If it was me I would replace the blades and see how it works. The blades are not expensive as long as you don’t buy direct from Jet. I picked up a set of blades for my Jet Jointer for $22.00 they are HSS blades, carbide go for about $175.00. If interested in where i got my blades PM and I’ll send you the website, email and phone or if you want the catalog.

I am not affiliated with this company. I just spread the the deals that I have found.


-- mrg

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 04:27 PM

Before I bought my 20” helical head planner I had a 16” Jet that worked well when I sold it I sold it for
$450 Theses floor models are much better than bench planners. So you might think about a larger used floor model.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 04:30 PM

Sounds like it’ll be worth trying some new blades on that jet before you sink hundreds into another planer. That’s money you could spend on a good dust collector which you’ll need if you’re going to surface all that walnut. Or, if you really really want a new machine, I’ll put in a plug for the 13 inch Delta. I hear they’re working on a new model but you can probably still find the old one if you do some hunting. The blades hold up well, the dust collection is pretty good, and the cut quality is awesome. Only trouble I’ve had is with boards not feeding from time to time and that’s easily fixed with some wax on the table. Oh, and if you’re careful about adjusting the in- and out-feed tables you can eliminate snipe.
Can’t wait to see what you build with that walnut.

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 05:01 PM

I bought a DW734 on markdown at Lowes for $300. I love this thing. It might not have all the whistles and bells of a DW735 but for the price I got it, it’s been a steal. My planer easily paid for itself within the first year just in the savings I realized from being able to buy rough sawn lumber over dimensioned lumber. That being said, there are a lot of really good planers available on the market today. It’s probably more important to find specific features (self-indexing knives, etc) and the deal you can find than brand/model. Additionally, if you’re planning on doing a whole lot of lumber, as Jim mentioned, it might be better to look for a used floor model. If you’re a hobbyist with limited floor space in the shop, keep looking at the bench top planers. Whatever you end up with, you’re gonna be surprised with what you get out of having your own planer…. these things are great.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 05:48 PM

can anyone recomened a good knife setting jig , universal type, that I could use to set the planer knives on the JET jpm 13, Or do you not need a setting jig if you use the dispoz a blade system, has anyone used these before, My jet didnt come the knife setting gauge as I bought it off of craigslist. It would be nice to try to use the planer I already have and use the money towards something else.Thanks for the replies.

-- matt - berea, ohio

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 06:00 PM

The deal of the day for today at is the factory reconditioned Dewalt 735. Price is $469.99. Hard to beat that deal.

-- The best thing online is a fish

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 06:20 PM

My DW 733 (same as 734 except it only has 2 blades) has performed flawlessly for over 10 years. If it ever wore out I would buy the 734. I can’t justify the extra expense of the 735. I’m sure the 734 can handle whatever you feed into it. Relative to the 735 you may have to take a little less off with each pass. I never take more than 1/32” off in a pass. Nonetheless, the 734 (733) will do the job.

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

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 06:23 PM

TroutStalker, I like the name I do some fly fishing as well as woodworking in my spare time, but anyway ever use a factory reconditioned tool before, Ive looked at going that route but it also makes me nervous of getting a bad machine.

-- matt - berea, ohio

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 06:39 PM

I too agree the 734 will handle all that you need. Although I am new to woodworking as well, I’ve found the 734 to be very capable and a great value. The 734’s rollers can be locked down, which is a nice feature for a planer in this price range.

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 06:40 PM

Just want to echo what Rich from Cedar Rapids said … I bought a used DW 733 several years ago, gave it a thorough cleaning and replaced the knives. It is a workhorse. That being said, I would look into replacing the knives in your Jet first … could save significant money.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 06-02-2010 10:39 PM

I use a Ridgid planer with 3 knives.
I am very happy with it.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 06-02-2010 10:47 PM

Matt- Like some others have posted that jet planer may just need some new blades and a good cleaning/ maintenance run through, before you buy another unless you just have the bug to get a new planer.

We alll know what the bug does to us.

I have the 735 and I like it a lot, but it is my first planer and so I have no basis for comparison. Its just heavy duty and solid like a little tank. Sweet machine for its size I think.

Nice deal on your jointer by the way, I paid more for the same model a few weeks ago, but needed it for a project.

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#15 posted 06-02-2010 10:51 PM

I would try replacing knives, and cleaning up your Jet. if that doesn’t improve it’s performance you’re only a couple of bucks short.

I have the 735 and it’s a work horse, robust and has fantastic features to it (read my review). however, if I had 220v and more space- I’d probably go for a floor model with an induction motor that doesn’t scream as loud as the benchtop planers – it’s the loudest machine in the shop, and crazy loud.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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