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Forum topic by leytem posted 04-09-2011 09:20 PM 2099 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2011 09:20 PM

I ran across this site researching planers. Maybe you guys can help. I’m new to wood working and i’m just starting to biuld up my tool base. I’ve been looking into buying a new planer and I’m torn between a Dewalt 734, 12.5in and Dewalt 735, 13in. I don’t know if the extra half inch is worth the extra money. Also I’ve been looking into the Grizzly 12.5 and 13in planers but i’m a little nervous about the Grizzly brand because I really don’t know much about it. Bottom line I don’t have alot of time for woodworking now,because of work and family, so the planer won’t get used much right away but as time goes on it will continuously get used more. Also I’m working in limitted space. What do you think?

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 09:44 PM

The difference between a Delta 734 and a 735 is much more than a half inch. The 735 gives you three knives and 2 speeds. I think the design concept of the carriage is much improved on the 735 resulting in a more rigidity. Not sure, but I think the 735 locks the carriage automatically, whereas the 734 locks manually.

In my book the 735 is worth the extra $$. (Obviously I’m prejudiced since I have the 735)

-- Joe

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 09:47 PM

The 735 is pretty much ALWAYS rated the best in its class, but … you REALLY need to either buy DeWalt’s in and outfeed extensions, or build your own. Otherwise, you get much more snipe than you would get WITH the tables.


-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 09:57 PM

Yeah, forget the extra 1/2 inch, the difference is the four post design. it keeps the head from rocking or twisting as you feed the board in, which causes a very large form of snipe. small snipe is almost unavoidable, but with the two post systems, you have the problem of the head cutting deeper until the second roller rides up, then again once the infeed roller drops off, with a 4 post it wont happen. If you want to save the money, dont worry too much, the problem can be avoided, it is just more work, and more thin finish passes.

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#4 posted 04-10-2011 04:54 AM

Look at the Ridgid 13” planer.Ive had one for three years,used it really hard, and have been very happy with it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 05:34 AM

I would agree with the 735 over the 734. I have the 735 and have been able to use the 734, Delta, Ridgid, and Makita portable planers; and would recommend the 735 over them. Not saying that the others are not good, its just the 735 is that much better. It feels like it is better build and will stand up over time. Oh and at 90 pounds, it is not portable for 1 person.

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#6 posted 04-10-2011 01:17 PM

The 735 also has a dust ejector that’s handy if you don’t have a DC unit. While the 735 certainly has advantages, the 734 sounds like it also fits the bill for your usage and is a well regarded tool.

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 02:11 PM

I’ve had no gripes with my 735 but I never use the lower speed setting. It’s much sturdier than the 734 in my opinion. I don’t think you’ll regret the extra dough.

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 02:14 PM

Thanks for the help fellas! It sounds like the general consensus is the 735, which i was kinda leaning that direction from the start. Found a new one on line (735X) which includes out feed tables and extra blades for 600.00 and free shipping. I think i’m going to pull the trigger on it within the next couple weeks after one more trip into town to check them out for the last time. Might check the Ridgid out to. gfadvm sparked my coriosity. Thanks again and keep the feedback comming!!

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 02:16 PM

I’d spring at that deal^. Mine came with no stand & no tables for about the same price. You won’t regret the purchase. Not to confuse matters any further but I think you said you wanted a “portable” planer. Like Brian mentioned, the 735 is heavy. I might look at the Griz stationary planers if I had it to do all over again. Just a thought. Good luck on your purchase!

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

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 02:42 PM

The weight of this unit isn’t an issue I welded and fabricated light construction equipment for 13 years. I’ll whip up a HD mobile base and will be able to wheel it around the garage no problem. I’m already sketching one up! Tell ya what, putting the garage together is a heck of alot of fun.

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 05:35 PM

Leytem , sounds like you found a good deal on the the 735x. Let us know how it works when you get it set up. And post some pictures of your garage workshop build, we all love to see how other people do thier setups and see if they can give us more or better ideas on how to do it.
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#12 posted 04-27-2011 04:32 AM

Ordered the Dewalt 735x last Friday,online, from CPO tools. It came with free dwp611 router also caught it on an Easter sale, extra 50.00 off. 585.99 shipped to my door. Came today I got it set up and so far every thing seem GREAT! I haven’t had a chance to run anything through it yet but so far so good.

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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#13 posted 04-29-2011 09:28 PM

I have a Ridgid nice machine for the money.It is rated fairly well also.

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