Makita 2012 NB vs. DW733 or DW735

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Forum topic by majuvla posted 12-12-2010 08:02 PM 18008 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2010 08:02 PM

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Hello all woodworkers,

I have some doubts and questions regarding which planer to by.I’m hoby woodworker so I need good advice which planer to by.I’m interested in three models Makita 2012 NB and Dewalt DW733 or DW735.
I would appretiate any suggestion.I need optimum balance between quality and price.I’m more into Makita but your expiriance is priceless.So please don’t hasitate to give me advice.
Thank in advance.
Best regards

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 08:11 PM

I have been using the DW735 for over a year now and have had excellent results. I have used it all the way to the 13 inch capacity. It does give quite a lot of snipe but if you consecitively feed pieces or buy/build infeed outffed tables I greatly reduces this. I haven’t had any mechanical problems with it. I have probably run 2500 to 3000 BF through it. Great piece of machinery, can’t comment on the others.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 09:30 PM


Another vote for the Dewalt 735. Agree with Bill about infeed / outfeed tables as they do reduce snipe significantly. We have the dewalt IF/OF tables but plan to build a new planer stand with shop built IF/OF that will be about 3 ft. on both ends.

A feature we like about the DW 735 is the two speed operation. It really gives a fine finish.

Good luck with your selection.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 10:00 PM

First of all, I think you will find that the DW733 has been replaced with the DW734 and the only real difference is 4 knives instead of 3.

The 735 is a great planer but it, effectively, costs $300 more than the 734. Usually the 735 appears to be only $250 more, but you need to buy the extension winds for the 735 ($50) that you do not need to buy for the 734.

The 733/734 is also a very good planer. For me, the 734 is sufficient and I cannot justify the extra cost of the 735.

I’ve had my 733 for over 10 years and I have given it quite a workout over those years. It has never let me down.

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

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 10:12 PM

I have a second hand 733 and I really like it. I believe the 735 has three blades and I believe two speeds, which would probably give you more flexibility planing wood of differing difficulties. I have very little snipe with my planar unless I do something stupid like let the wood pile up on the output side and the new pieces get help up by the pile (don’t ask :-( ). I think I am getting close to the end of the lifespan of my 733 as it seems to be getting out of parallel somewhat (after I spend some time trying to get it back square it is doing it again). I have put a fair bit of wood through it and did swap the blades out a while ago, a very straight forward and easy process. I don’t have the Dewalt DC on it so collecting the tons of material that comes out is a bit messy, I haven’t quite brought myself to the point of buying the expensive Dewalt parts, I will probably pattern a DC port out of ones I’ve seen here on LJs. If the 745 you are looking at has the in/outfeed tables as part of the purchase I would strongly recommend that model.

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 11:21 PM

I think the Dewalt is a good planer.

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 12:22 AM

Thank you all for tips,What about Makita?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 05:56 AM

I chose the DeWalt 735 because if the powered chip discharge. It works very well when connected to my dust collection system.

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 07:17 AM

They all run on universal motors, which I don’t trust to last. If you’re
gonna splurge on a planer, I’d get one with a belt-drive capacitor-start
motor. Way quieter too.

The univeral motor planers do run really fast, which makes a nice finish,
but they get their power from speed only and bog down when you ask
them to take heavy cuts or plane wide boards.

If you’re going to buy lumber in the rough, I’d recommend a “real” planer.

I’ve owned both kinds and the noise from the universal motors really
annoys me. The drawback of the capacitor-start motor driven planers
is they aren’t portable without a man Friday to help you.

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 08:35 AM

Thanks Loren.I just need it for smaller pieces not large amount of rough woods.For hardwork I have my neighbour profesional woodworker.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 09:56 PM

i have the DeWalt 735. I have only used it occasionally, but i’ve not noticed any snipe. I built the shop notes rolling stand that you can see here…

The wood that exits the machine on the finer setting is, as far as i can tell, virtually ready for finishing. I enjoy it. If you want to step up from this machine, i think its hard to stay portable.

@Loren, can you explain what you mean by the universal motors vs. belt drive capacitor start? With cap starting i assume you mean more like most table saw or larger 1.5-5 HP motors. Which planers do you recommend with cap start motors?

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#11 posted 12-15-2010 05:37 AM

You guys are amazing I got a Delta 734 from a nieghbor and it is doing the same thing can’t wait for tommorow to try out the wax and spirts. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to get this planer for free. a great friend.

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 12:36 PM

Hi Ivane,
I got Makita planer for two years and I really like it.

Nije taj model malo je starija ali me super služi. Imaš kontrolu do 0.1mm dva hss noža i minimalnu debljinu obradka od 6mm. Ja sam stvarno prezadovoljan mojom. Kupio sam je novu u rangu od oko 350 EURA ali vradi svaki cent.Širina obradka je 300mm. Jedino što moraš da vodiš računa o čistoći gumenog valjka ili ne vuče kako treba.


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#13 posted 12-16-2010 06:50 PM

Hvala Bogdanovic

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 12-16-2010 06:59 PM

I have the Makita and love it!

I should add that I ordered it from Amazon in July of 2006, and I paid $314.99. Currently, Amazon wants $472.99, ouch!

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#15 posted 12-16-2010 09:02 PM

Not bad .In Croatia 1100$ !!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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