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03-15-2011 01:02 AM

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I’m in the market for a portable type planer. I have been looking at quite a few reviews and I think I’m just getting confused! I like the Dewalt DW735 but have read a few reviews that complain about poor knife performance. I also like the Delta 22-590. Dust collection is important. Some don’t seem to come with dust collection ports. I’d love one of the big units but they’re out of my price range. I’m also planning on a Grizzly G0452 jointer. The Grizzly 10” combo unit may be an option but is a little more than I want to spend. Any suggestions?

-- Craig

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 02:14 AM

I have the dewalt and it is porforming like a champ.

I will buy it again if I had to. As for the blades I cannot comment on that. I would just say that I still have the original after almost a year and I use it often.
The wood comes out needing almost no sanding.

The fan to blow the chips out is very powerfull.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 02:51 AM

If you weren’t looking for a portable I’d tell you to look for
a Belsaw or something similar. Those old planers are built like
tanks. I had a portable Dewalt but then I got into big ol’
American-made 220V planers and haven’t looked back.

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 03:20 AM

I have the dewalt as well; have only ran a few hundred bf through it, but no problems so far. A little snipe but nothing too bad. I have no complaints with the knives. When the planer is hooked up to my DC, the dust capture is close to 100%

Before buying the planer (my first) I read tons of reviews and spent many hours agonizing about all the fine details and debating over what features I needed. When it came down to it though, I just needed to make a decision, and bought the dewalt based on the majority of good reviews I’d read and its reasonable price. I haven’t been disappointed so far.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:37 AM

I’m in the same boat you are, even started another forum 2 weeks ago. So here’s what others told me too.

-- Matt Speer , ‎"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 04:01 AM

I have the DeWalt and it performs great. I have not had any problems with the knives.

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 04:01 AM

I own the Dewalt 735 and a couple hundred board feet later, I am very pleased with it. It has two speeds, and can handle tricky wood, like quartersawn oak. Finish is beautiful, and a light sanding with 150 grit is all you need to prepare for stain.
The material thickness gauge is better than most, because it extends all the way across the infeed side of the machine.
Dust collection is what truly sets this machine apart. It has its own internal chip ejection fan. You can use it with or without a dust collector.
Best of luck.

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

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:12 AM

”.......Dust collection is what truly sets this machine apart. It has its own internal chip ejection fan. You can use it with or without a dust collector…...”. I find this to be true of this planer also. I recommend it.

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 02:05 PM

My first planer was a 13” delta. I’ve run thousands of board feet through it, sure I had to replace a couple of parts along the way but it performed well for me. My dad uses it now in his shop. I remember looking at the dewalt when it first came out and liked what I saw.I think you would be happy with either one.

Not sure how you can get a bad review on a planer because of the blades. Can a tablesaw get a bad review because of the blades? no..that’s retarded.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 04:16 PM

I have the Dewalt 735 too and have planed 100’s of BF of hardwood and no problems…works like a champ and its still on the original knives.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 07:55 PM

I’ve owned the Delta 13” model for several years…it’s worked ok but in spite of hours fiddling with tables etc. it is a “sniper” which I attribute to “spring” (lack of rigidity) in the infeed and outfeed tables (guess that’s what you get from a true “portable”). it’s not a problem other than having to leave pieces a bit long and cutting off the snipe. I would add a rigid table to it other than I would have to do math for the thickness (the factory guage is about as dead-on as it could get even after all these years).

a friend owned the dewalt 12” model and had the same problem so he swapped out for the 735 and loves it. he works mostly cedar so not a true test but after several 1000 bf through it he hasn’t changed the blades yet.

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 08:14 PM

I’ve got the DeWalt & have been happy with it. However, if I had it to do over again, I’d definitely spring for a larger stationary planer. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 10:07 PM

I bought a factory-reconditioned Dewalt 735 a few months ago and, like most of the posters here, have been pleased with it. I do have one question: The chip ejector on the outfeed end is indeed very powerful, but I’m getting many more chips blowing back at me on the infeed side. Do others have this experience? If so, what do you do about it?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 12:48 AM

jason…I think that chip blow-back is common on all the portables. I can’t speak for the stationary machines yet although hopefully I will be able to do so soon (it’s on my list if the price is right). they do throw a rather large chip (a good thing compared to “powder” of many tools) and I think they tend to get clogged in the exhaust port. I keep my air gun handy and blow everything out frequently.

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 12:58 AM

You’ll find many fans of the DeWalt 735 here. IMO, the 734 is a perfectly adequate machine at a much lower price. I’ve been using a 733 (almost identical to the 734) for over 10 years of flawless performance.

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

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#15 posted 03-16-2011 01:06 AM

With my DC hooked up to my DW734 I have virtually no dust for a machine with 3×12” spinning blades. I wanted the DW735 but couldn’t justify the cost difference at the time and I have not been disappointed. Of course I really wanted a 15” Grizzly.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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