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Forum topic by Guss posted 12-08-2011 03:42 AM 2482 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2011 03:42 AM

Im looking at getting rid of my 12.5 inch porter cable Planer and getting a Dewalt 735. Are the in feed out feed table of the Dewalt adjustable? I get really bad snipe on my porter cable how do you guys set up your in feed out feed table? Im thinking about trying that first. My dad has a older 735 with out the in feed out feed table and it gives way less snipe then my porter cable. I also get a lot of head movement on my porter cable is that common for that planer? what do you guys all think about your 735?

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 04:00 AM

My 735 has been great.
The in/out tables are not adjustable(at least the ones I have)

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 04:06 AM

I have one without the tables. There is some snipe, I try to leave the boards long, and just cut off this snipe. No complaints here about the planer, I thought the tables were adjustsble? But if Howie’s arent then there is a great chance I could be wrong.

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 04:23 AM

I have the DW 735 with the infeed/outfeed tables. It has been a great machine for the few years that I have had it.

I have not messed with the tables since I installed them. But, I seem to remember that they were adjustable. The mounting brackets have slots for the fasteners for the tables. This allows the tables to be fine-tuned.

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 05:01 AM

My 735 has the in/out feed tables and they are adjustable. There are four hex head machine screws on either side of each table that can be loosened to move the table as needed. I put my level with a magnetic strip on the table and bring the in/out feed tables up to the level. Takes about five minutes after you figure out how to do it.

I got a catalog from Woodcraft offering a real deal for a 735. It included the planer, tables, extra knives, and a trim router for about the same price as just the shaper was a few months ago.

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 05:12 AM

My complaints about DW735 are wimpy knives and wimpy feed sprocket. Other than that seems like a reliable machine.

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 06:15 AM

I bought a second-hand 735 on CraigsList. I did have some problems with snipe, but not bad.

I found if I lifted up on the end of the board going in, and coming out the back, it eliminated the snipe. I recently ordered some new blades online, and decided to get the tables, too. I installed them and have had no snipe since. I didn’t need to adjust them at all. Like ChuckV said, they do have slots in them so you can adjust if you need to.

I’ve been very happy with it.

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 07:01 AM

I have the dw735 with the infeed/outfeed tables and you can micro adjust them. If you read the directions it actually says that you want to leave the outer ends of the tables 1/16 high. i did this and have had no snipe whatsoever. Check out infinity blades also, a little expensive but they are the only company i know of that makes after market blades for the 735. The only complaint that i have about the machine is that the blades seem to be soft. ordered a set from infinity after going through about three sets of stock blades and havnt had to change them yet. Saves money in the long run.

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 05:24 PM

I have this planer with the in-feed and out-feed panels and after adjusting them I get little snipe. Yes soft blades for sure. Cuts well but dulls quickly. Overall, I like it.

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#9 posted 01-07-2012 04:34 AM

hey guys thanks for your post I went ahead and got it form woodcraft in the kit with the extra knives infeed out feed tables and the handheld routhe. So far i really like it but i havent used it enought to really say how i feel. I have another question. How did you guys set up your infeed out feed table to minimize snipe?

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#10 posted 01-07-2012 04:50 AM

I have a 735 dewalt and was not happy with the blades that came with it so I found carbide tipped blades and it created a whole new machine. Cost a bundle but worth it a least at this point.

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#11 posted 01-07-2012 03:15 PM

I really like my 735. I have the infeed/outfeed tables, and I’ve never had an issue with snipe. I never adjusted my tables, I’ll have to take a look at that. I tend to take very light repeated passes rather than large bites, might have an impact on snipe.

FYI, I’ve seen discussions about feed roller problems (getting soiled and not working) but I haven’‘t had that problem. I looked recently just to see and they are dirty (have to clean them) but no performance problems. Something to keep an eye on as you go.

For blades, the stock knives cut nicely, but don’t lest real well. I’m on side two of mine, with a set of Infinity steel blades waiting. Infinity also makes carbide blades, but they are pricey. For that you have to eye up the Byrd replacement head. Good news is that they have blow by blow instruction for the 735 replacement, which increases my comfort level giving it a try. Maybe after the Infinity blades are shot I’ll find the money to try it.

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#12 posted 01-07-2012 04:07 PM

Love my DW735 !!
I also changed over to better blades from Infinity.
Tips – keep the bed waxed and the rollers clean, the machine will love you back !


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#13 posted 01-07-2012 05:55 PM

I have the 733. I know, it is a dino, but so what. I lift the back end of the workpiece goin’ in, and lift the leading edge on the outfeed side. Tables are adjusted per directions. I will sometimes get some snipe, but I also expect some due to the type of machine I’m using. Just gotta live with it.
Also, using a slave board or sending multiple peces end-to-end on smaller/shorter pieces really helps.


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#14 posted 01-08-2012 02:50 AM

Unless you plan on it being your last planer, I’d save the cash and go for the dw734.
Both have three knives, both plane wood, both snipe little to none when properly tuned. And you’ll still need to finish sand/scrape work pieces from either machine.

IMHO, the 735 doesn’t offer enough over the 734 to justify the price. I do like the built in blower though.

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