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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 382 days ago 995 views 1 time favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardwootton

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382 days ago

I have the opportunity to pick up a DeWalt DW 733, which I have read good things about, but they were all old reviews. The asking price is $200 and it comes with all of the accessories and is lightly used. Used planers are few and far between in my area and it’s between this and a used craftsman 12 1/2” for $175. What are your thoughts on this deal and planer in particular? Thanks in advance!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training


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Howie

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#1 posted 382 days ago

Go for the DeWalt.

-- Life is good.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 382 days ago

I have this planer and have had it for about 13 years. It does a great job for me. Keep the blades sharp and it will give you really nice surface. Sometimes I have trouble with birch or hard maple chipping, but I think that’s more of a characteristic of the wood. Something wit a spiral cutter may do better, but for the money it does what I need. I have 3 sets of blades. When I put the last sharp set on, I take the other 2 in for sharpening. I have had the same 3 sets since I got the planer new. I’ve had issues with wood not feeding, but fixed that by waxing the infeed, out feed and inner table surface and finally cleaning the rollers. I bought a new roller but haven’t installed yet. It looks difficult. I would say 200 is a good deal especially with light use. I’ve seen them cheaper, but not much.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 382 days ago

I actually like the older DW733 simply because it uses standard knifes that can be resharpened until too thin to be usable. I have never been a fan of ‘disposable’ blades.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 382 days ago

Dewalt

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 382 days ago

GO FOR IT !
I just sold my spare 733 for $350.00, and it was well used ! My original 733 is over 15 years old with no issues to date. Knives are resharpenable versus the newer models that you have to dispose of when they get worn.
Did you buy it yet ??? If I was close by, I would buy it and resell it. I had 5 other guys that wanted my 733 for $ 350.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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devann

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#6 posted 382 days ago

I have that model DeWalt, it’s worked well for me & it too is around 15 years old. I had a choice between two different models of Deltas, a Jet and the DeWalt all 12”/12.5”. I picked up all four. The DeWalt was the heaviest so I bought it. Was around $450. The knives are still around $50 a set, and yes can be resharpened.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Loren

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#7 posted 382 days ago

I had one… I liked it because I could regrind the knives myself
and the knives are pretty tough. It broke a drive sprocket
gear after a good deal of use – the part was cheap though
and replacement not too difficult.

The flip out tables are long and sturdy. It’s a good machine
for a portable.

Check to make sure the wrench and knife-setting jigs are
there… they clip in on top of the cutterhead enclosure.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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bobasaurus

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#8 posted 382 days ago

I have one and use it frequently. Works great, very little snipe once adjusted, and not much tear-out if the grain direction is uniform. It doesn’t like to drop below about 3/8” thickness without getting stuck on dust inside the thing, though.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 382 days ago

”It doesn’t like to drop below about 3/8” thickness without getting stuck on dust inside the thing, though.”
I’ve never had that issue with any of my planers. Are you using a dust collector or a shop vac ? If dust were an issue, I would just blow it out with compressed air. You should be making chips rather than dust with a planer : ) LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 382 days ago

Be aware that you will have to manually lock the cutterhead on the older Dewalt planers. The 735 has an auto-lock cutterhead which is more convenient.
I would say Dewalt over Craftsman brand.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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bobasaurus

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#11 posted 382 days ago

It might just need a cleaning. It gets harder and harder to turn the depth-adjust wheel below 1/2” thickness until it feels like I’m going to strip the screws. There might just be dust/chips plugging the lower threads.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 382 days ago

”you will have to manually lock the cutterhead”
flipping the lock lever is a no brainer and requires little to no effort at all.

Buy it and be happy for $200 : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#13 posted 382 days ago

I’ve been thrashing a 733 since 1999, and it’s still going strong. I have a three set rotation of knives, and they’re all still usable.

The cutterhead lock is a non-issue. You lift the lever, turn the crank, and push the lever down. I wouldn’t pass on the machine over a manual lock mechanism.

The lock is very effective, even if you have to do all that extra work. ;^)

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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Bill White

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#14 posted 382 days ago

You can’t have mine.
It has been a good purchase.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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TheDane

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#15 posted 382 days ago

Go for it … I bought mine (used for $200) about 8 years ago. The thing is a work horse.

The guy I bought it from had a spare set of blades, so I rotate blades … when a set gets dull, the spare goes in and the dull ones go out to a machine shop for sharpening.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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