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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 08-09-2018 03:23 AM 451 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kirk650

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08-09-2018 03:23 AM

I just finished a nice freestanding two door cabinet for a younger sister. It’s a copy of one our grandparents had in a bathroom – towels, soap, shaving gear, etc. it’s a good sized cabinet, and I made it in Hard Maple, which I got in the rough. I milled a lot of Hard Maple, and that Dewalt never faltered. Blades didn’t notch either. Not this time.

Also getting a major workload was my Ridgid 6” jointer with the spiral carbide cutter. Time to rotate the edges though.

The project took maybe 3 weeks, and I used most all of my big and little power tools, and I have nothing that I want to complain about. I guess this is a non-rant. And I’m tired…


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clin

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 03:25 AM

I like my Dealt 735 as well. Works really well. My blades have a few small nicks in them, nothing worth bothering about yet.

Do you have pics of your project?

-- Clin

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msinc

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 04:02 AM

I have been using my 735 pretty hard for two years now. It is flawless. I have some money set aside for when it pukes so I can go ahead and get a “real” planer…but this thing is as real as it gets. I just cannot justify spending $3200.00 plus on another planer that while it might last longer, there is no way it can finish the boards any smoother. For that money I can buy 6 735’s and have $200 left for blades!!! I really like PM machines, but that extra 2” is just not worth it at this time. By the same token, it is hard to spend $500 on a Shelix when the entire rest of the machine cost that new!!!
There is one thing I discovered and this is kinda stupid…once I was in a jam and my shop wasn’t finished yet. I had no choice but to plane some boards outside in the cold. It was about 25 degrees out and when I tried to run them they slipped on the feed wheels and wouldn’t feed properly. It still planed them but when the board would stop I had to push it thru. I thought something must have happened to the machine, but it must have just been the cold because it was warmer the next time I used it and it hasn’t failed to feed smoothly yet.

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verdesardog

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#3 posted 08-09-2018 01:13 PM

Have you thought about a helical set up for your dewalt? I got one and it is 10x better then the straight blades. I’ve put hundreds of feet of lumber through it and have yet to turn the carbide insert.

-- .. heyoka ..

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Kirk650

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 01:31 PM

I have considered the spiral carbide cutter head. Doing that to my jointer was a great upgrade, but I still have a supply of straight blades for the 735, and I had not (and still have not) decided whether or not to go to a bigger planer.

Msinc’s logic applies to me as well. Why spend a bunch of money on a bigger planer if we can do so well with the 735. As for feed difficulty in cold weather, when I have any issues with that (like I did with my previous planer), I just paste wax the table. Solves the problem every time.

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Aj2

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 01:32 PM

Don’t put the insert head in a 735 there been reports of over heating and poor performance. Just not enough power for a insert head.
The carbide tipped knives are a far better choice I had one and it cut great.

-- Aj

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 01:58 PM

My Shelix head for the 735 is still in the box. I’ll wait till the present blades get dull/nicked before tackling the replacement job. Mine is the OEM size so, it’ll take a bit longer to get up and running.
I’ve heard about the overheating concerns but, I’m retired so, the time taken for light cuts is no biggie.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 08-09-2018 02:00 PM

I have the 735 and a 15” Jet. I use the bigger machine for getting skip planed boards down close to size and finish on the 735. It is difficult to take small cuts on the 15” Jet because of the serrated infeed roll.

Neither of my machines have helical head and not interested. If I planed a lot of highly figured wood, I would consider it. I just can not justify putting a helical head in the 735 when it costs almost as much as the planer. I just do not see a positive ROI .

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dca

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#8 posted 08-09-2018 02:14 PM

Agreed, great piece of kit. I love my 735 (with the folding tables) but might be getting a combo machine soon so was curious what you guys think would be a fair price to sell one for (it’s in good condition)?

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 08-09-2018 02:15 PM

Redoak, I totally agree with your rationale for not going with a Shelix. However, as a retired old hobbiest, whose main goal in the shop is to have fun, ROI is measured differently for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Blindhog

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#10 posted 08-09-2018 02:21 PM

I have the Shelix head on my 735 as well as my Jet 6” jointer; both perform much better than stock blades. No problems noted with either machine when running woods such as walnut, bubinga, mesquite or cherry. Highly recommended upgrade!

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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msinc

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#11 posted 08-09-2018 03:04 PM

I don’t know…I may one day go to the Shelix for the 735…again, it’s that double the cost, but not double the performance…in fact, I have yet to see any of the woods I run thru it not come out perfect as long as I have good sharp blades. The cost of the new blades is so low and the way they work is so good I just cant justify it. I don’t do anything with any rare, super hard, high figure tropical woods, but the hickory and ash I have run came out perfect.
I am saying there is no “double” the performance, but there has to be something to the machine operating under a lot less load with the Shelix. If I keep on I will talk myself into ordering one today!!! Any one out there tried those carbide straight blades for the 735 yet????

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Aj2

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#12 posted 08-09-2018 04:28 PM

The 735 is a great little finish planer because it has self setting knifes. I did have a 735 with infinity carbide tip knives and it was a very good setup. I even sharpened the knives at least 3 times before I sold it with the same knives in it.

I can understand the reason why guys don’t want to bother with a knife jointer. If you have a machine that sets the knifes like the 735 it’s as good as it gets.
Here’s a jig to sharpen the planer knives.
The bevel angle is 45 so cut 45s in the holder

-- Aj

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msinc

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#13 posted 08-09-2018 06:36 PM



The 735 is a great little finish planer because it has self setting knifes. I did have a 735 with infinity carbide tip knives and it was a very good setup. I even sharpened the knives at least 3 times before I sold it with the same knives in it.

I can understand the reason why guys don’t want to bother with a knife jointer. If you have a machine that sets the knifes like the 735 it’s as good as it gets.
Here’s a jig to sharpen the planer knives.
The bevel angle is 45 so cut 45s in the holder

- Aj2

That is a good idea…thanks for posting!!!

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