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05-07-2014 12:32 PM

The CFO of our house let me buy a planer and after years of research decided on the DW 735X. Found a good price online and it arrived yesterday. I have two questions of you all

1) Is there anything I should know beyond the manual before I start to set it up?

2) Do any of you know where I could find a good set of plans for a simple and inexpensive movable bench for this beast? I’ve found some plans online but they tend to be too fancy for my humble shop.

I’d appreciate any suggestions or tips on either count! Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 02:04 PM

Here’s a simple shop cart stand.

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 02:15 PM

Congrats on a wise choice. It’s a great little planer.
I just scanned the manual, set it up and started using it.
On mine at least, the thickness gauge markings are dead on.
Always be sure the planer is running before moving the speed dial.
A DC attached will guarantee virtually no sawdust escapes.
Have fun!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 02:27 PM

docspencer – that’s the one I have as well. It’s very nice. Fit and finish is fantastic. It comes almost all set-up. It really needs dust collection because of all the chips it throws off.

As for a cart, you can definitely build one. I am embroiled in tons of projects and didn’t want to take time for another. So, I purchased this from Grizzly. Grizzly offered the best price. The fit and finish on the cart is superb and the mobility is excellent. The top comes with pre-drilled holes ready to accept your planer. A good buy at $129, and shipping was cheap.

For comparison, it’s $159 at Home Depot. It gets 4.6/5.0 stars in the reviews at Home Depot. At it’s $199.99 and gets 4.5/5.0 stars in the reviews.

Note: the only downsides to this mobile cart were that the “DeWalt” sticker for the cart was missing from the box and that it did not come with the correct length bolts to mount my DW735X to the top. As for the sticker, I contacted DeWalt, they sent it to me without question or hassle or proof of purchase. i received it within a few days. The bolts for mounting the planer were shorter than I needed to mount the DW735X. I think it was to mount the DW734 planer. But I just ran to the hardware store and got the same bolts but longer. It cost me $1.50-$2.00. If I had the time, I would have contacted Dewalt about this also and they would have sent them out to me.

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#4 posted 05-07-2014 02:32 PM

Thanks for the responses so far. WoodNDust – I don’t have a dust collector – can I get by with my shopvac?

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#5 posted 05-07-2014 02:33 PM

You can get the DW7350 Planer Stand w/mobile base on Amazon for $159 with free shipping. Sometimes it’s cheaper and quicker to just buy a stand.

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#6 posted 05-07-2014 02:37 PM

docspencer – a shop vac will do. But then I would recommend buying an Oneida Dust Deputy DIY for $40-$50, and then shop on Craigslist for a 55 gallon drum to mount it on. This will separate the dust and chips so that your shop vac stays clean. Otherwise, you will be emptying your shop vac every 10 minutes, literally, when using this planer or any jointer.

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 02:39 PM

Shipping on the stand from Grizzly right now is $16.95. Add the $129 and your total cost is $145.95.

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#8 posted 05-07-2014 02:49 PM

I have this planer also and I like it. I had to adjust the in feed and out feed tables to stop getting snipe. I found that when planning cedar if a knot comes loose it can destroy the plastic chip ejector fan. I have replaced mine twice and now keep a spare on hand. I have it hooked up to a dust collector system and that works well. Before that, I found an inexpensive accessory for this planer that was a hose with a cloth trash can cover. It directed the chips into a trash can and worked rather well, although it did eject some fine dust into the room.

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 02:49 PM

I would recommend this:

Much more accurate than the preset stops.

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

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#10 posted 05-07-2014 03:17 PM

jmartel – that looks very cool. Is it easy to set-up?

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#11 posted 05-07-2014 03:19 PM

You know – I’ve had that digital readout on my Amazon wish list for a while now. Everyone ignored it because I didn’t have a planer yet – go figure, right? I may have to send out some hints – Father’s Day and my birthday are both coming up. WoodNDust – I’ve done some reading online and by most accounts its pretty easy to set up.

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#12 posted 05-07-2014 04:23 PM

You need a pair of good ear plugs or muffs as it is a LOUD beast.

It is also pretty heavy so get or build a sturdy cart with locking casters.

Before I got my dust collection system, I just used some metal dryer vent down into a garbage can and it worked pretty well. Most of the chips are pretty large and do not really hang in the air. With the blower in the planer, it does not absolutely require a vacuum or dust collector.

As mentioned do not put boards through it that have knots that are even close to being loose. They can come loose and damage the blower. Also, knots can put a ding in your blades.

Good Luck and have some fun with your new Toy…there are many of us happy with our DW735s

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#13 posted 05-07-2014 04:50 PM

The next step will be getting one of those fancy Shelix cutter heads for it. LOL. Is there ever an end to this madness we call woodworking?

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#14 posted 05-13-2014 03:20 PM

Thanks for all the ideas guys. I’ve been busy with a massive garden project so I haven’t had time until today to start set up on the DW. For the time being, I’m using an old metal cabinet I rebuilt into a mobile cart. I’ll head to the big box store for some dryer vent hose and a large garbage can for the chips. Again, thanks for all the replies. More then I actually start using it!

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#15 posted 05-13-2014 06:10 PM

I still like this stand I built for my 735.

-- Joe

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