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Forum topic by Scomel Basses posted 06-07-2014 05:14 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scomel Basses

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06-07-2014 05:14 PM

I bought my 735 1.5 years ago when it went on sale at Amazon for $440 which included the infeed/outfeed tables, an extra set of blades and free shipping. I needed a planer at that time when the one I had decided to stop working and not be worth repairing. The price and reputation were too good to pass up. In the time that I’ve owned it, it has worked beautifully. The concerns I had were blade life and the difficulties I’d read others had with removing the blades and stripping the screws. As for blade life, I finally rotated the blades today after using just one side for all this time. Sure the blades had a couple nicks here and there but none lined up with other nicks which resulted in perfectly smooth boards. In fact, the performance was still very good, I didn’t really need to change the blades but I’ve got a few projects starting that I thought it was a good time.

The screws all came out with extreme ease. I bought my machine after the redesigned screws and wrench so that may be why I had no trouble. Anyway, thought I’d post and let others know that this machine has been awesome for me.


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cebfish

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 05:35 PM

I made a jig and sharpen the blades even though they say you can’t they work good as new. Mine is the best money i ever spent

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SuperCubber

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 05:40 PM

I’ve been on the fence about this planer for some time. I have read so many great things about it, but every once in a while I come across something that makes me second guess it.

I appreciate you taking the time to write this short post. Thanks!

Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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William Shelley

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 06:25 PM

I too love my DW735X. I’ve really been considering upgrading the cutterhead to a indexed carbide helical head. Mostly because of the noise factor… the planer is by far the loudest machine in my shop. it’s slightly uncomfortable even with a higher-end pair of ear muffs.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 06:51 PM

When I bought mine (used) I couldn’t WAIT to try it out. I put it so the exhaust would shoot out into the yard beside my shop. After getting it set up and running I FOOLISHLY stuck my hand into the stream of chips !

YOWCH! Once was enough, never tried THAT again! That baby has an exhaust like an F15 fighter jet!

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 08:24 PM

Very Clever ! still I bet it was a steep learning curve LOL keep safe Brother, Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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