Used DeWalt 735 pre-purchase ???

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10-06-2012 10:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer dw735

I have an opportubity to purchase a used DW735, thickness planer. It comes with in/outfeed table. The current owner says it needs new blades.

I have come here to ask 735 owners/experts for there input. What do I need to check/inspect on THIS planer, prior to handing over my money and taking ownership?

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I want to thank everyone in advance for their input and help. I will be attending MY b-day party tonight, so will NOT be able/capable of responding to replys until tomorrow AM.

Again, thanks for your advice and expertise….....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 10:13 PM

You need a board or two.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 10:15 PM

Turn it on, run some lumber, listen to the motor
and check the results.
Sounds like a good deal Randy.
Enjoy your new to you planer.

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 10:24 PM

If the motor works and everything functions, buy it. It’s a steal for that price.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 10:45 PM

I hope I find a deal like that on my birthday: as others have said: its a steal if its in running condition.

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 10:51 PM

After you’ve passed a test board or two don’t be too discouraged if you get a little snipe. For that asking price, more than likely it will need new knives. Last time I looked they run around $55 but sometimes can be found cheaper on eBay.

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 11:45 PM

Great score! Even if you have a repair bill for something, you’ll still have a great deal.

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 11:49 PM

Wow! What a deal. Is it “hot”?!

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 01:15 AM

Start it up. If it runs smooth change the cuts setting(while it’s running) if it doesn’t make any noise or fly apart you have a great “steal”

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 01:29 AM

How can you pass up such a great ”opportubity” as this one !!??

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 01:36 AM

If it were me, at that price, this wouldn’t have been a “Should I” thread. It would be a “Gloat” thread.

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 01:56 AM

Randy I am happy for you.
Now you will have to get that dust collection going.

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 03:51 AM

My DW735 is probably one of my top two purchases in my shop. And that is at full price from Lowe’s. With this machine I can do a lot more things with wood at a lot faster pace. All you need with this machine is a dust collector and some wood….........................

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 10-07-2012 01:04 PM

Bring aboard with you and try it.Run the board through on one speed setting then the other setting. The machine must be runing to change speeds. The tool to change blades is missing,no big thing. I think amazon
sells blades for about 70 dollars for two sets. And yes this is a great deal.

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#14 posted 10-07-2012 01:50 PM

The only thing I could add would be to see if the screws that hold the blades in place are not frozen tight. I would test loosen a couple just to be sure. It’s a real pain to remove if they are seized up.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 10-07-2012 02:01 PM

The 735 is an excellent machine.

You need to:
1) know that the motor runs without an audible noise – it’s a loud machine, but it has a consistent tone.
2) The set/allen screws which hold the blades should be checked to ensure they’re not frozen, missing, or stripped in some manner. The allen wrench is a standard size, so bring along a set, if the original one is missing.
3) Speed changes – must be checked; as mentioned, the machine must be running.
4) Plane at least two boards, to ensure the boards are planed to the same thickness both edge-to-edge and when compared to each other.
5) Ensure you get the dust collection adapter/connector – this is a molded plastic connector which fits onto a fixed pin on the back of the machine.

I hope this helps

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