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plantek

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1430 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: planer bench top planer milling question

Hello Lumber Jocks,

I just bought the DeWalt 734 bench top planer. I did a lot of research before hand and I am very happy with the purchase. I think it would be great to hear from other 734 owners as to how you are getting the most of your planer. It would be great to hear the same from planer owners in general with any tips and tricks.

Thanks so much,

K. Plante

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!


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Jesse

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#1 posted 1430 days ago

I have a a 734 also and I’m very happy with it. I have only owned it about 2 months, so I can’t say I have any tricks with it. One of the biggest advantages for me is how much saw dust it produces. That is because my wife quickly decided I should buy a dust collector :P Outside of that, you should take a look at the “reviews” section. I believe there are several reviews done on this model from fellow LJs.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 1430 days ago

I have a 735 and before that I had a Ryobi …. I made a “sled” that I leave in the planer. It is just a nice flat piece of 1 1/8” waxed shelving trapped in place with 1”x 1” cleats on its underside. I can be as long as you want to make it and reduces snipe.

-- In God We Trust

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 1430 days ago

IMO the Ridgid R4330, same price range as the DW734, is a better machine and is on par with the DW735. Both the DW735 and the R4330 have a superior 4-post support system for cutter head adjustments. Just my 2 cents worth…

In any case, build a planer table with extended infeed and outfeed tables. This pretty much eliminates any snipe problems once adjusted, regardless of the length of your lumber.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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VinnieP

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#4 posted 1430 days ago

I just bought mine a couple months ago as well and haven’t had much time to use it very much. I read a ton of reviews on it and when my Lowes had it on sale for $350 I thought it was a no-brainer. The couple of times I have used the machine it performed as expected. I wish I had some tips for you.

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rbterhune

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#5 posted 1430 days ago

I don’t have a lot of experience with mine yet, but I like it so far. It will be a good machine for you…many others on here have had great experience with the machine.

HorizontalMike…the 734 has the 4-post support and carriage lock as well. I personally believe the Ridgid compares more to the 734…especially with regard to cost. Both have 15 amp motors and 3 blades. The only real difference is that the Ridgid has a mechanism that doesn’t require the carriage lock.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 1430 days ago

I’m still using my trusty 733 DeWalt. Has the knives that can be sharpened. 4 poster with lock, infeed and outfeed tables. Still get a slight snipe, but a lift on the rear of the workpiece as it goes in and a lift on the front as it comes out eliminates the problem.
Had to replace the drive belt this year. First repair I’ve had to do to it.
BUY SOME GOOD EAR MUFFS!!!!!
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 1430 days ago

rbterhune, the elimination of the carriage lock on the R4330 is a positive in my view. The ability to run a piece, crank the head adjuster half a turn while running and immediately run it again sure speeds up the work flow. The threaded 4-post lead screw system of the R4330 and DW735 are superior IMO, to the smooth solid/chromed column supports of the DW734 that must be locked down in order to minimize movement.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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TheDane

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#8 posted 1430 days ago

I have a DW733 (2 knives) and love it. The only after-market modification I have done is the Wixey Planer Digital Readout model WR510. When I first got it, I had a lot of snipe, but after adjusting the infeed/outfeed tables and learning Bill White’s technique, snip has not been a problem.

-- 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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richgreer

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#9 posted 1430 days ago

I also have a 733. I have had it for over 10 years and I like it very much. It originally came with a plastic dust chute that did not stay in place well. I replaced it with a metal dust chute that is bolted to the back side of the planer. That dust chute, when connected to my DC, captures virtually all of the dust and chips.

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

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plantek

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#10 posted 1430 days ago

Thanks for all the comments…
“The Dane” can you elaborate on Bill White’s Technique?

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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TheDane

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#11 posted 1430 days ago

” ... a lift on the rear of the workpiece as it goes in and a lift on the front as it comes out eliminates the problem.”

-- 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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rbterhune

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#12 posted 1430 days ago

horizontalmike…yes, I do like the idea of not having the carriage lock, so long as it works the same as a planer that does. It is much more convenient, I’m sure.

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MrWizard

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#13 posted 1430 days ago

Plantek,
I have the DW735 planer. A gift for the shop from my wife as she is prying I get up to speed and rebuild our kitchen. (yes dear in awhile)
Anyway, My first use was to re-claim the 2×4x8’s that my son had used to build a aviary for his hawk. The building had been torn down and the lumber sat out back of my home in the weather for over a year. Our recent re-landscaping of our front yard the plans called for a small fence and that’s the wood I have used.
After running some test pieces I got the feel of adjusting on the fly and started as I call “making wood”, Though some were pretty warped from the weather and time, they all turned out really nice. I think you’ll have a great time, reclaiming wood or just planing to get the wood to the height you need. I have some ideas for future projects that my 735 is going to be a key machine in the overall finish of the project. My best to yea
have fun.

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Blakep

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#14 posted 1430 days ago

I also have the DW734 planer. I have only had it for about a month and the only thing I have ran through it is some hard maple. So far it has worked perfectly. I don’t know if its your first planer or not but make sure you hook a dust collection system or a shop vac to it. If you don’t it will make a huge mess as will any planer. I just have mine hooked to my shop vac and it works great. I don’t have any larger in and out feed tables made for it yet but I built a stand for it and use the roller type stands for longer lumber because of my limited space. So far I have no snipe and perfectly finished lumber. I have only been taking about 1/32 off with each pass so I don’t know how it will perform taking more than this off but I don’t mind making a few passes. So far I give it an A rating.

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