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jeffswildwood

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03-30-2017 02:31 PM

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Hello everyone. I had planned on getting a new toy (tool) this month. It was a toss up between a planer, lathe, spindle sander or drill press. I chose a planer just to open the door for using other kinds of wood other then pine. I have a saw mill and a pallet shop both only 10 minuets from my house. Not to mention I get offers for free wood quite regular from old barns, houses. I actually just was given 8 boards of walnut, all rough.

The planer I think I will go with is the DeWalt 734. I watched a million videos and this seems to be close to the best if not just a good sturdy planer. I don’t think I need the 735, plus the cost. With cost in mind, I may be able to get another new toy from the savings.

I have never used a planer so any advice you could give would be nice. Maybe another choice of planer that is cheaper but just as good and served you well. With this free wood I am sure I run the risk of metal hidden inside. Is there something I could use that I could find out other then getting a metal detector that looks like a “mine detector”. Any other pitfalls I should watch for? Free wood is not free if you have to buy new blades.

Any advice at all you could give a new planer operator would be really appreciated, even how much to take off in a pass.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".


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Carloz

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#1 posted 03-30-2017 02:40 PM

The planer I think I will go with is the DeWalt 734. I watched a million videos and this seems to be close to the best if not just a good sturdy planer. I don t think I need the 735, plus the cost. With cost in mind, I may be able to get another new toy from the savings.

- jeffswildwood

Brilliant ! If you do not have budget for a new toy, buy something that is not the most expensive. Then compare it to the most expensive one and see how much you saved. Now not only you have the new tool, you also have some money left for another tool.

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ohtimberwolf

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#2 posted 03-30-2017 02:53 PM

Metal in wood.
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alittleoff

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#3 posted 03-30-2017 04:10 PM

I bought the 735 a year or so ago an paid 547.00 for it. It came with an extra set of blades and the table extension. I bought it from amazon, but noticed it has went up in price. If you look around you may be able to find a coupon or sale somewhere. The 735 is better with the assessories, but the 734 is nice also. I’d definitely go with the dewalt brand in this size planer. They are the best out there i believe for the money. Good luck which ever way you go.
Gerald

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HokieKen

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#4 posted 03-30-2017 04:56 PM

Jeff, I went with the Delta 22-555 when I bought mine a couple of years ago. Mainly for price but it has been a great machine and I would highly recommend it. That being said however, the Dewalts are largely considered the best planers in that class and I wouldn’t steer you away from the 734 just to save $75-100 given the reputation of that machine. I think you made a good choice that will serve you well and be a great addition to your shop!

I’ve still got that midi lathe that I’ll give you a heckuva a deal on if you decide you want one. Then you can use your extra $ for some turning tools and have 2 new ways to make dust ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 03-30-2017 04:58 PM

Reading the posts about metal, I think it would be well worth it to invest in a hand held unit. Thanks for the advice guys!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 03-30-2017 05:14 PM

The 733 / 734 planers are pretty good machines for occasional use. My brother-in-law has one. Make sure you get your hands on both units before buying. In person the robust build quality of the 735 is evident.

I decided against the 733 / 734 because of the manual cutterhead lock. Flipping that bar after every height adjustment seems tedious.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 03-30-2017 07:19 PM

Jeff, I bought a 733 the first year they came out (20 + years ago) not even sure, but the first year they came out. The only problem I ever had with it was a broken belt the first year from trying to cut off too much at once.
It is very similar to the 734 except I only have two cutters, the 734 has three, should only make it better. I use it several times a week now but probably doesn’t run no more than 30 minutes at a time. When I first bought it, it was always running. I’ve been tempted many times to upgrade but if it isn’t broke, why fix it. LOL.
Good luck . Definitely get a detector for any used wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 03-30-2017 08:41 PM

You need good infeed and outfeed ramps for your new planer.

I built this about 7r ago, when I first bought my planer:
Quickie Planer Table

Then about 5-6yr later, I built a PROPER planer table on wheels. Well worth the effort:

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

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 03-30-2017 09:48 PM

Thanks everyone. Dave, I think at first it will get a good workout. Then like you say, occasional. I see woodcraft has a good detector for 25.00. I think that is a must for any rough wood, even wood from the saw mill. Mike, I may try that quicky set up. I wish I had room to build a set up like yours. Unfortunately with just a basement shop I will have to take it outside to run it. Just something I will have to deal with. That was another factor, 734=65 pounds, 735=90 pounds. 65 I can handle.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-30-2017 09:59 PM

I see woodcraft has a good detector for 25.00. I think that is a must for any rough wood, even wood from the saw mill.- jeffswildwood

No experience with the WoodCraft one, but I use the cheap handheld unit from HF which works great, and has saved my bacon on more than a few occasions. At the current price, it’s less than $14 with a coupon, but they frequently go on sale – I think I paid something like $9 when I got mine:

It also works great as a pinpointer when hunting for treasure with my big detector :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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WorkBenchInk

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#11 posted 03-30-2017 10:09 PM

Wood magazine in their latest issue, #246 May 2017, just did a review of benchtop planers; it may give you some ideas. I’m using the Dewalt 735x that I bought a few weeks ago from Amazon. Great machine. I also went back and forth between this one and the 734. According to Wood magazine both are solid choices.

-- WorkBenchInk, https://workbenchink.com

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 04-01-2017 10:30 PM

Well guys, I pulled the plug. Got the dewalt 734. A little late to fire it up this evening but can’t wait. thanks for all the advice. I’ll be ordering the metal detector later today.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 04-02-2017 01:30 AM

Congrats Jeff! Enjoy that bad boy:-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jplemons

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#14 posted 04-02-2017 02:19 AM

I’ve had the 734 for nearly a year now and have had no issues. Flipping the bar up and down is no big deal. From what I’ve read, when planing repurposed lumber you not only want to look for metal but also sand and grit, which also will do a number on your blades.

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#15 posted 04-02-2017 11:52 AM

The 734 is a solid performer with a very good track record at a decent price. I can’t think of a significantly better new planer at it’s price point. I’d buy the 734 over the Ridgid, Craftsman or Wen in the same price range. It should serve you well.

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