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Forum topic by MLK posted 07-21-2011 03:04 AM 8058 views 0 times favorited 56 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2011 03:04 AM

I have Dewalt 733 Planer, I’ve had it for 8 years it always work great except for the dust collection system. but it’s getting old and I was planning on replacing this weekend with the D735 13” planer; our local Wood Craft store is having a 10% off sale.

I was reading the reviews, and there were a lot of complaints about the sprockets braking after a short period of use. Another complaint was knifes wearing out prematurely. If anyone has the D735 or can shed some light on this problem it would be greatly appreciated. Right now I’m having second thoughts on buying this planer.

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 03:10 AM

I have this planer, and it’s a great planer – hefty, and does a great job. don’t have any issues with blades though. I did get my sprockets to break, but that was because I fed a board with a hardened nail in the planer and it shocked it (to say the least). I replaced the sprockets and it went back to performing superbly. It’s a great planer, but more pricy then others in that range. I also heard good things about the Ridgid 13” planer which has similar features.

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 03:34 AM

I have the 735 and I like it. The reason I chose it was because it has a powerfull chip extraction system. I hook it up to my dust collector and the combination of the chip discharge fan and the dust collector works great. The only thing I have had to do with it is replace the blades … far. Blade replacement is easy on this planer. I have the adjustable infeed and outfeed tables and have them adjusted to about eliminate any snipe.

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 03:55 AM

I have also heard these reports but so far my 735 has performed admirably.

I do need to flip the blade because of a nick.

You do have to keep the main table and in/out feed tables waxed to allow smooth material movement.

Don’t do like I did and test it the first time without connecting to some sort of chip collection- you’ll be cleaning the shop for a month!!

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#4 posted 07-21-2011 03:59 AM

I’ve had my 735 for about two years and it’s been an absolute treasure.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 04:48 AM

Before I purchased mine last year, I talked to my local Rockler manager about the issue I had heard with the blades. He told me that it was a problem after earlier models of the product, but has since been fixed. According to him Dewalt made a mistake with the bevel angle on the blades.

Having gone home for more research, I looked at the dates of the posts of those complaining on the Internet…they were all quite old posts. I haven’t heard anybody recently with the same problems.

I know that I’ve run a lot through mine, even reclaimed oak raised panels from my kitchen renovation. I fully expected that using the planer to thin the panels would dull the blades faster than normal because of the existing finish, but I have been amazed at the amount of life in them. I’m still haven’t seen need to change them, though I can tell the time is coming soon.

I can’t speak to the sprocket issue. It’s been a really great tool.

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 04:59 AM

I have a DW735 and am very happy with it. I got mine second hand via Craigslist in like new condition for $250 about a year ago. I have seen two or three since then in the same price range, so it may be worthwhile to investigate the used tool market in your area. I’d highly recommend also buying the optional in/out-feed tables. In my opinion they really ought to come with it, but they don’t.

I don’t know what your opinion on buying used tools is, but if it were me and I had $600 in the budget for a new DW735, I’d be checking Craigslist, etc to see how far that money would get me towards a 15” stationary machine. Grizzly has a 15” 3 HP machine for $995, and from what I’ve found, you can usually expect to pay about 50% of retail for used machines in good condition. I do like my DW735, but I’d trade it in an instant for a 15” stationary machine.

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 07:59 AM

I got my Dewalt 735 about a year and a half ago. It has been fantastic, and got even better with the addition of the Wixey digital readout. My first set and side of knives are still going strong after several hundred bdft. The finish quality on the better setting is stellar.

However, I did not pay $600 for mine but rather got it during the Home Depot blowout. If I were faced with the prospect of paying $600 for one, I’d agree with Vrtigo1, and look for a lightly used 15” stationary planer.

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 12:08 PM

Although it’s awfully heavy, I can’t think of another “Portable” planer anywhere near the quality and capabillity of the 735. I got mine when Depot got rid of all their actual tools and put out the pretty pictures, and managed to sell my Ridgid TP1300 for what I paid for the 735. I used a $50 gift card at Woodcraft & got the infeed and out feed tables and and have been greatly satisfied with the machine, the two speed feature is also a great timesaver.

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 12:48 PM

It is hands down a great planer for the hobbyist.

I like the two speed feature, love the addition of the wixey readout for exact match pieces.

Built like a tank and performs like one.

I have the infeed/outfeed tables and the rolling cart. Pleasure to use it.

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 01:09 PM

I have owned this planer for about three years. The blades that came with it are double sided, and I have switched them once. I also purchased a set of carbide blades from Infinity but I have yet to install them. I hear they are fantatsic. I do not have the extension tables, but I wish I did. For dust collection, I take two routes. Don’t laugh…I run 4” hose out my shop window and we get free mulch. For smaller jobs, I run 3” hose to my Dust Deputy.

I just completed a 12” wide cutting board and ran the glued-up assembly through the 735 with great results.

I would buy another one without reservation.

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 02:12 PM

For what it’s worth, I’ve cranked tons of oak through my 734 and it’s still kicking.

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#12 posted 07-21-2011 02:38 PM

Ditto to all the above. Had mine for three years abd still running on the original blades. I run mostly oak, cherry, maple and walnut through it. Once the infeed/outfeed table are adjusted I have no snipping. Huge step up from the old Delta i had.

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#13 posted 07-21-2011 02:47 PM

I’ve got the 735 with no complaints. I’d take a fellow LJ’s advice and put a 90-degree elbow on the dust port to get it out of the way of the outfeed table. The planer changed my woodworking so much that, although I love my 735, I wish I had sprung for a larger stationary unit.

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#14 posted 07-21-2011 03:02 PM

There’s your answer. 5 years and still running great. Blades do get dull on any cutting machine. As with any tool use it correctly.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#15 posted 07-21-2011 04:44 PM

I’ve owned a 735 for years and have no complaints at all with any aspect of it. The planer itself is a workhorse and with the optional infeed/outfeed tables will consistently produce snipe free results. The only downside with the currently available 735’s is the price IMO. A few years back DeWalt decided a huge price increase was in order and raised the price on the 735 by, IIRC, about 50%. That put this benchtop planer just a few hundred dollars away from some of the free standing 15” planers. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone NOT buy the 735 I would certainly recommend they look hard at what a few more dollars could get them.

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