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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 12-16-2011 05:51 AM 1302 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2011 05:51 AM

Hey guys, I’m currently looking into buying a planer…...I’m looking at the dewalt dw734 dewalt dw735 or Makita 2012nb…...if any of you guys own or have used any of these please chime in with suggestions, if I go with the 734 I am also going to buy a drill press, if I go with one of the other two I will have to hold off on the drill press for a while as its not and won’t be in my budget for a good amount of time

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 04:21 PM

I don’t own any of the planers…however i am planning on buying the Makita, it just seems like the best reviewed machine…although i don’t think its one that many people buy because of the price. you can read a recent discussion on those here. As for the drill press, i own a ridged and oh wow that thing is amazing!! i love that drill press and i wouldn’t trade it for anything…other than maybe a powermatic! not to mention that it is one of the lower priced floor standing models…in fact when i bought it, it was the lowest priced. Hope this helped happy hunting.

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 04:34 PM

I have the 735 and a Ridgid older two bladed model. I like them both anbd wouldn’t get rid of either one. I like the finish of the 735 a little bit better. I’ve heard it uses up blades quicker than some but I haven’t had a problem. You do have to buy the extension tables separately, though for the 735. Several companies are having sales right now on the 735. Woodcraft has a combo sale where you get the 735, the extension tables and a hand held router in one package. Woodworker’s Supply has the 735 and the routher combo. Lowe’s just reduced the price by $30.
By the way what changed your mind about the 735? A few days ago you seemed dead set against it based on the Amazon reviews.

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 06:22 PM

Jeff I wasn’t dead set against it but like I’ve said before I rely heavily on reviews and so far that route hasnt let me down once, if I were to get the bigger size I ld probably go with the Makita, honestly the only thing that makes me look at the dewalt 735 is the 1” size difference. If they were the same I’d go with the Makita for sure. A lot have people on here have been defending the 735 and making me take a closer look. I may go with the 734 but I really want to be happy with what I buy, I would like to save the money but if spending another 200 to get exactly what I’m looking for then I will, if the 734 will give me what I want in a planer then of course I’d like to save the money and get a drill press as well. My way of looking at it is that it’s gonna be in my shop for a long time so I need to be happy with it and it needs to last me a good amount of time

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 06:25 PM

I have a 733. That puppy has planed a BUNCH, and the knives can be sharpened. The DP is a King Seely/Craftsman from about 1952. Bought it for $150.00 bucks in excellent condition.
Saying all that, I would suggest that you look around for well cared for used stuff. Nothing wrong with savin’ a few dollars.


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#5 posted 12-16-2011 06:38 PM

The DW 735, 734 and even the older 733 come up for discussion on this site frequently. FYI – The 733 is a predecessor to the 734 and is very similar, except the 733 has 2 blades and the 734 has 3.

In general, you will read good comments about all 3. I’ve owned by 733 for over 10 years and I have run a lot of material through it and it has never given me a problem. I like it very much.

Recently, I saw a comment from someone who was unhappy with their, relatively new, 734. That is the only time I can recall seeing a negative comment about that machine. I don’t know if he just got a lemon or if there has been a deterioration in quality control.

I can’t speak to the Makita because I have no experience with it.

The 735 is an awesome machine and more expensive than the 734. The question for most of us is “do we need the extra the 735 has to offer. For me, the answer is “no”.

If you are considering the 735 please realize that the price difference may be more than you think because you really need the in-feed and out-feed tables and they are usually not included in the base price.

Word of warning – These machines, regardless of which one you choose, are loud. Please make sure to use good hearing protection.

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 09:06 PM

I get a lot of suggestions to buy used tools, I will never buy a used tool, I feel like the chance of getting a horribly taken care of tool, I would rather put out the money for a new tool cause I know it’s never been used and I know I will take good care of it. The 735x comes with the in and outfeed tables so that won’t factor into the decision, I really don’t need anything over the top I just need something that will do the job I do not need the bells and whistles at all, I just started less then a month ago so believe me I just want quality tools that are going to do the job and last a long time… does sound like a ton of people love the dewalt planers I may have to seriously consider.

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 10:15 PM

When I started out I had little money. Spending several hundred dollars on a machine made me stop and think very carefully, as you are. Part of the problem was that I had to convince my wife, too. Therefore, I bought the Ridgid planer. It was cheaper but good for my needs and abilities at that time. As time went on (and I saved a bit more money) I decided to upgrade to the 735. I’m not sorry I bought either machine. I still have both and still use both.

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 10:23 PM

Iggles my friend, it’s time to flip the coin. :)

Only other thing I’d say is to not shy away from used tools. I’ve bought most of my tools new, but that’s only because the used market in my area is terrible. But there are lots of places across the country where mimimally used tools are sold frequently. I know it’s a little scary to evaluate a tool you may not be familiar with, but you can tell a lot about a used tool just looking at it and turning it on. Believe me, there are lots of guys who upgrade before having the tool for very long, with planers folks often are quick to make the jump to stationary. It’s worth your while to look around for a used planer. You’ll know a well-taken care of unit when you see it, and/or the shop it’s coming from.

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