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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 03-23-2014 08:41 PM 961 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 08:41 PM

LJ’s- a few days ago I posted a question regarding a benchtop planer. I have done some research and have a couple of options. I would like your input as to which is the better choice.

1. Purchasing a DeWalt 734 brand new at a price tag of 399.99


2. Buy a used DeWalt 735 from a guy of craigslist for the same price. He said he has had it for 5-7 years and and prob has 40 hours through it.

Is the 735 that much of a better planer that I should buy it used vs a new 734? Thanks!

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 08:52 PM

I have the DW734. I’ve seen the 735 at stores. I can tell you I’ve been quite pleased with my DW734. The 735 is a bit heavier duty, to my knowledge.

I think you’ll be happy to with either one, to be honest. I’ll do a little more research on the models and see if I can’t find something more useful for you.


Ok, I poked around some websites. I’d make your decision dependent on whether the used 735 has the extension tables or not. The 734 comes with extension tables. It appears they are an optional part on the 735. The specs on the two are very similar.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 09:00 PM

I’ve had the DW 733 and I now have the DW 734. They are both pretty much bulletproof workhorses. I love using both of both of these over the years.

The 735 is very highly rated. Agree-Overall the 735 is a touch more heavy duty.

Just get the one you want. Quality wise, and every day working with it wise I don’t think it makes a real difference.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 09:03 PM

If the 735 was super clean, and lightly used I’d get it. If it look like it was used hard, I’d get the new 734.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 09:24 PM

735. Auto cutterhead lock alone is worth the upgrade.

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

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 10:03 PM

I have the 735. Never used anything else, so can’t compare…
As Purr & Ribs said, let condition and tables guide you….

-- 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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#6 posted 03-24-2014 01:29 AM

I have a 735, simply love it. Cannot compare to anything else being the only planer I have used. It’s a workhorse. I was planning to get the 734 but found a 735 with extension table for $350, second hand. The previous owner only ran 100 bt and decided to sell it.
I would go for the 735 if it has extension table and it’s in mint condition.

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 02:12 AM

So looking at the pics, there are no extension tables. This would be an additional expense plus it’s an hour away from my house. Highly considering the 734. Can get it from my local lumber yard ready to go.

-- Andrew, California

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 02:22 AM

Go for it!

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 02:55 AM

+1 more for the 734.
It’s a great planer, and buying new, you get a warranty.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 03:00 AM

Yeah that’s what I’m thinking.

-- Andrew, California

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 03:38 AM

I’ve had the 734 for a few years now. Had to repair the bushings on the drive roller.

Just looked at the part diagram for the 735….same or similar bushing.
So for either one I’d make inspecting/oiling the bushing a periodic maintenance issue.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 03:59 AM

So now the guy has lowered the price to 375.00. No indeed/out feed tables. ??

-- Andrew, California

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#13 posted 03-24-2014 04:04 AM

Will you make it portable or have a station for it? I bought infeed and outfeed oem tables for my 735 and now never use them.

I have a melamine 2 foot in and out feed table next to my 735 that almost completely eliminates snipe. Also allows longer boards more support.


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#14 posted 03-24-2014 04:20 AM

I run a lot of really rough, really hard wood through my 734. Other than a normal change of blade, I have been super pleased. I am planeing Walnut, Mesquite, Pecan and Bois D’Arc and there are not many woods that wear out tools any faster.

I had about the same choice as you have, a new 734 or a clean, used 735 both at about the same price. I did a bunch of research on both and went with the new machine. Just something about having a virgin machine that nobody has ever used. Another reason I would go with the new 734 is for the warranty. I have found DeWalt’s warranty and customer service very consumer friendly and helpful. Since nearly all the planers come out of the same factory in China, the best thing the different brands have going for them is their service.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#15 posted 03-24-2014 04:24 AM

People will push you one way or the other, me included. For your own piece of mind take anything said here with a grain of salt and get your hands on both and buy what you feel comfortable using.


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