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Forum topic by Cedar64 posted 11-03-2011 12:41 PM 2273 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2011 12:41 PM

I have read a lot of reviews about the 735 and was undesided about getting it.
Well, my 734 craped out on me again. This is the 3rd one in less than 2 months.
1st one, electrical problems. 2nd one, making very noticeable grove in the board.
Thought the knives had a problem, chiped or something, so I rotated the blades.
Still happening. Looked over, couldn’t find the problem, returned it for another.
Took the 3rd one out of the box, remind you right now I’m only planing Clean Pine.
No Knots. Within 10 minutes feed wheels stoped working and would not grab the pine .
Well, that one went back as well.
Picked up the 735 and brought it home, read the manual. Going to start planing today.
What i heard was that there was certain problems with the 735 and was wondering if
Dewalt had corrected the issues. Something about a gear breaking and a drive belt
causing problems ? Wondering if I made a mistake on picking up this planer and should
have opted for another brand. Hope I didn’t make a mistake. What do you think…

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 01:11 PM

I have had my 735 for a little over a year and it has worked great. I keep the fold down tables and bed polished, so feeding has not been an issue.

I always use a wire brush to clean debris off the wood before I plane it.

I try to stay away from planing resinous woods like pine, but I have done it a few times and it did not gum things up too bad.

My blades finally need flipping, as I finally got a nick.

Hope you have a better experience with the 735. Most find it a workhorse.

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 02:06 PM

Thanks Cato, I only have to plane one plank that is pine, called Pumpkin pine, same family as Sugar pine.
I have a question for you, what do you use to polish the bed and fold down tables and what do you use to clean the bed with before you polish it and what is the best way to clean the rollers if they get gumed up from planing pine

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 02:08 PM

I’ve used my 735 for over 5 years and no problems. I do remove the top and sweep it out once in a while along with cleaning the rollers with mineral spirits. Wax the table(s). I very rarely run pine thru it.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 02:22 PM

I have had mine for over five years and it is great. No mechanical problems. Just clean the rollers. I don’t take aggressive cuts.

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

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 03:27 PM

I wonder if something has happened to DeWalt quality. My 10+ year old 733 (predecessor to the 734) has served me very well for the long term. I’ve never had a repair problem and I have run 100s of linear feet through it.

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

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 04:18 PM

Rich, methinks you need not wonder any longer.
Yellow is no longer a part of my tool color rainbow.

-- 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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#7 posted 11-03-2011 04:29 PM

I have had my 735 for about 5yrs, and it has ran well. If the rollers and tables are clean, she is good to go.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 11-03-2011 04:39 PM

I’m with Rich. My 733 has been a good investment.


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#9 posted 11-03-2011 09:28 PM

Rich: you may be right. I quit buying DeWalt drills. I had three of which 1 had a chuck blow out,one burned up and the other is on it’s last legs. I also quit buying them because of the price of batteries. But my 735 has been a goodern.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 04:06 AM

I had good luck with both 734 and 735.

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#11 posted 11-04-2011 04:26 AM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I’ve had a 734 for about 2 years and never had a problem one. I sometimes feel guilty about the amount of lumber I’ve run through it because sometimes the load I put on it is more like what a production machine should be doing rather than a portable. I do my best to keep it clean and take care of it and it has taken care of me in return. I’m mostly planing hardwoods rather than soft woods and maple is probably the most gummy lumber I’ve put through it. I also keep the depth of cut set pretty conservatively rather than trying to push the max on each pass.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#12 posted 11-04-2011 08:35 AM

I also had a 735 in my shop for 5 or 6 years, used it a BUNCH and never had an issue with it. I also kept the tables waxed (should on all planers anyway) and took reasonable depth cuts and it just kept on cutting nicely the whole time. I recently saw the guy that bought that 735 from me and he continues to get good service from it.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#13 posted 11-04-2011 11:55 AM

Thanks Everybody for your Feedback. Usually things happen in 3’s. Hopefully I’m good to go.

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#14 posted 11-05-2011 10:27 PM

I’d love to hear how the 735 works out for you as I’m looking to get one as well. Also, where did you get yours and what did you give for it?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 03:58 PM

Dewalt 735 Planner Works Great. Like The Two Speeds. You Can Notice A Difference.

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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