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Forum topic by Blair Helgason posted 01-27-2009 06:04 AM 7243 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blair Helgason

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01-27-2009 06:04 AM

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I just wanted to put a quick question out there:

I’m trying to decide on my first thickness planer. Due to budget and space a benchtop is definitely the way to go for me. My preference would be to go with the Dewalt 735 because of it’s obvious domination in the world of portable planers. My question is weather a dust collection system is absolutely mandatory as the manual for this product states or will a dedicated shop vac be okay for the time being? I know that ideally a proper dust collection system would be best, but I’d just like to know if I can get by without it for awhile.

Thank you all in advance for your help.

-- Blair

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 01-27-2009 06:29 AM

A shop vac won’t keep up with the blower on the 735. This planer comes with a hose adapter and a dust ejector chute. If you don’t mind sweeping, or if you can do your planing outside, you can just use the dust ejector chute, and just let the chips blow out all over the place.

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Blair Helgason

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#2 posted 01-27-2009 06:39 AM

That makes sense Peter, I assumed that the internal blower would just help the shop vac do it’s job but I guess it would get clogged up pretty fast. I think I’ll just deal with the wood chips. Thanks a lot!

-- Blair

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 07:02 AM

Yeah, the 735 puts out chips and dust like crazy…you might get a the larger size hose and put it into a garbage can with a lid…a lid with two equal sized holes…the inlet and the outlet…and put some kind of a filter on the outlet…now you’d probably have some build-up in the hose…but with a few attachments and a not-very-long run…you could control some of the dust and chips. It won’t be the same as having a dust collector…but it’ll help. To me, just letting the chips blow wouldn’t be the best idea….though you’ll need a mask no matter what you do.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Blair Helgason

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 04:52 PM

Thanks Barry, I think I’ll try the garbage can idea. That sounds like it wold work pretty well.

-- Blair

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 05:06 PM

All of the above. The 735 has a pretty good blower built in, Just connect a short 4” hose to a garbage can through a hole in a wooden lid and let’er rip.

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Blair Helgason

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 05:59 PM

I’m glad that there’s a solution out there. I really had my heart set on the Dewalt. Thanks again guys.

-- Blair

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#7 posted 01-27-2009 06:44 PM

The DeWalt 735 is a very nice planer, and I am sure you will enjoy using it. I just let the shavings blow, and clean them up later. I did see on Amazon that DeWalt has a kit for attaching a garbage can to your planer. Basically, it is a section of hose and a cloth type of cover for the garbage can. The air blows out through the cloth (no second hole). I have not heard of anyone using this, but it would be nice to know if it works.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 01-27-2009 06:53 PM

I have 735 hooked up to a 2 1/2 inch system with a 4 inch hose. My system goes into a 55 gal, drum with a cyclone top from Rockler. It is powered by a Ridgid shop vac. Works pretty good compared to letting it go all over the shop. It also allows me to blow all the dust into plastic bags . I cut the bottom out of a 30 gallon Rubbermade garbage can and use it to hold the bags down until there is some chips inside. I then just pull it up to the top of the barrel and go until the bag is about 2/3 full. If you can get a full one out of the barrel you are stouter than me. I’ve planed quite a bit of lumber with this system. Before I got the lid I used the clamp on lid from the barrel and modified a 4 inch dryer duct to accept the chips. It worked pretty well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 07:05 PM

My 735 will inflate the top bag on my dust collector without the DC on. It has to go though 2-3ft of 4” flex, 3ft of solid 4” to a wye fitting, then over about 6ft of 6” and down after an elbow another 6ft of 6” Then inflate the bag from the bottom.

I did have to move my planer one time since I was doing 8ft boards for a wet bar, I currently have about 6ft of space since that is all I usually need, but anyway I put a 4” hose into a trash can. It worked, but kind of blew the chips back up. I then used a cyclone separator with the other hole taped up and that worked to keep the mess in the can. You could make a lid with a hole to fit the hose. I would definitely recommend 4” hose. Good luck

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#10 posted 01-27-2009 08:58 PM

The Chip Collector for the DW735 Planer – DW7353 makes a great addition to this guy. My dad reciently bought that accessory and it cinches tight to the trash can and the design prevents blow back from the blower on the Planner itself.

Hope this helps!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 01-27-2009 09:35 PM

I bought that chip collector for my 735 too. Wish I’d saved my money on that little piece. It won’t cinch tight enough to keep the dust from blowing out around the edges. I got about half the dust and chips in the can and half on the floor. The only advantage was that the dust fell to the floor instead of blowing all over the place. I haven’t hooked mine up to a 2 1/2 inch system. I’ve used a Delta AP300 with good success and now a Delta 50-760. My advice: stay away from that chip collector/trash can system, but DO get the DW735. You won’t be sorry.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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Dan Lyke

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#12 posted 01-27-2009 09:43 PM

I have an “L” pipe and a cloth bag on mine, and it works a treat. DeWalt actually makes a “U” pipe that puts a bag on top of the planer, and I may end up buying the official part at some point.

So, if you don’t mind emptying a bag regularly, the bag option works fine.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#13 posted 01-27-2009 09:55 PM

I have one and it has served its purpose. I would like to eventually sell it and get a stronger and wider one, but for basic work it is fine. Do not use a shop vac or you will screw it up. Dewalt has a hose and assembly to use a metal trash can. This really works well.

-- making sawdust....

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#14 posted 01-27-2009 10:29 PM


Check out this site:

I am going to build one of these Thein cyclones and place it between the DW735 and the shop vac. The site above also has a great forum, and the readers there are happy to help you.

In addition, I purchased a set of carbide blades for the DW735 from Infinity. Not cheap, but should handle better than the original blades hardwoods before getting dull.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Peter Oxley

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#15 posted 01-27-2009 10:33 PM

Hey Bob, how about a link to those carbide blades?

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