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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 01-14-2014 01:43 AM 1604 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2014 01:43 AM

I am ready to buy a planer and was wondering what others think! Almost all the reviews of of these 2 planers are positive so I was wondering if it’s worth the extra money to go for the 735x or get the 734. Home Depot has the 734 for $399. The 735x is $200+ more.
Is it worth it?

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 01:56 AM

It all depends what you are going to use it for and how much you will use it.

If you are going to get a lot of use, I would get the 735. It is a very good machine and has a fan to eject the chips if you do not have a dust collector.

I have the 735 and like it but it is really loud.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 02:03 AM

I also bought a Harbor Freight dust collector and haven’t taken it out of the box yet. It has been so cold here I don’t want to go into the garage to set it up. Don’t know if that makes a difference or not.
I really don’t know how much use I will get out of it either, I just know I will be needing one when I start my projects this spring.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 02:13 AM

735, craigslist

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 02:16 AM

Agree with DKV. If you don’t need it pronto, grab one when it comes up on CL. I got my 735X for 200 bucks!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 02:40 AM

You won’t belive this, but where I am in wisconsin, the used ones are the same price as new. It is nuts to think a used 734 is $350 when I can buy it new for $399
There was a 733 for $350 and a 735 for $500. I would be nuts to spend that on a used tool.
I have actually been looking for over a month now.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 03:06 AM

Craigslist is probably your best bet, I got my 734 brand new off there for $200, patience is a virtue when looking for a deal. The other thing you’ll want to consider is what you’ll need down the road. I’ll be ready to upgrade soon, but I don’t just want to get a 15” planer, a 20” would better suit the wide rough sawn boards I work with. If buying a more expensive planer now, it’ll be harder to justify an upgrade later.

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 06:36 PM

I had the same problem, sawdust. So, I bought myself a 735x new off of amazon.

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 06:53 PM

If you plan on keeping this, as your main machine, for a long time then I would go ahead and get the 735x. It’s a much better machine then the 734 and I think you would be happier with it. If this is just a stopgap machine until you get a better unit, then just get the 734.

-- Earl

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 07:15 PM

I have the 735 and love the machine. I found mine on kijiji for around $300. If you do not have a immediate need for the planer, I would still wait and hope for a deal on internet. If you cannot wait to see just go buy the one that will best suits your needs. Question to ask yourself. How much use will the planer will see in the following years and how often might help in your decision. Good luck and regardless of what you get, be safe and enjoy the machine.

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 07:20 PM

I watched CL for months with no luck on a 735X for a decent $$. Local Lowes had it for $650. Over Christmas/New Years, I saw it on Amazon for $519 with a $25 instant rebate from Dewalt. For $495 plus free shipping, I jumped on it. I’ve only used it a couple times on walnut and cypress. Leaves a great finish. The extension tables make a big difference. Only problem I’ve seen with it is the corners of the extension table, on the output side, hit the frame when you put it up. I’ll round over the ext. table corners once the return period expires.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 07:57 PM

I love my 734.

I have drooled over the 735 but really,, that much more $$ for what ? two speeds, that I don’t need.

My DeWalt 734 has always done what I, as a pure hobby woodworker needs, super accuracy dead flat across the whole width, super smooth finish, increments of a few thousandths if need be. I think this tool has done more for my self confidence than any other tool in my shop.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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