Looking to get a planer don't know what to get

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Sawdustmaker115 posted 09-05-2014 01:43 AM 1474 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Sawdustmaker115's profile


306 posts in 1717 days

09-05-2014 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

Hello Guys,

So I’ve been looking to get a planer, but i don’t know which to get, I think I’m between a Steel City Planner with helical cutters and a Dewalt planner (either DeWalt DW735X Or DW734)
If you guys have any of these three machines please let me know what you think of ‘em.


-- Anthony--

21 replies so far

View TheFridge's profile


9444 posts in 1481 days

#1 posted 09-05-2014 01:49 AM

I’ve heard nothing but great things about the dw735. Helical head sounds awesome though.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View endgrainy's profile


251 posts in 1883 days

#2 posted 09-05-2014 01:53 AM

I have the Dewalt DW735. I have nothing to compare it to, but for its price point it’s been awesome for me. Planed >500 bf in the past year without blinking an eye.

The planed surface is surprisingly smooth with the regular straight knives, but I’m considering the upgrade to helical head to reduce noise and improve the surfacing even more.

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

View firefighterontheside's profile


18158 posts in 1852 days

#3 posted 09-05-2014 06:16 AM

I’ve got the discontinued 733. Basically the same as 734. 734 has three cutter head where the 733 has only 2. I’ve had it for about 15 years and it has been great. I figure if it breaks down on me I will go with the 734 if it is still in production. The 735 is too big and heavy for my space.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View Sawdustmaker115's profile


306 posts in 1717 days

#4 posted 09-05-2014 01:03 PM

So the only thing I was concerned about was with the regular straight blades on the dewalt units, they hold up pretty well? Do they stay sharp for a good while? And if you sharpin them how bad would it be, or would it just be worth buying the new blades which I think are about 50 bucks

-- Anthony--

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

10479 posts in 3424 days

#5 posted 09-05-2014 01:37 PM

I have the 735X and have had absolutely no problems. The two speeds are awesome. It produces a silky smooth finish that requires very little sanding.
As to replacement blades, after a year of use, I still have not needed the ones bought with the planer. Amazon has them for $20 per set of 3.

-- 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

View Sanding2day's profile


1013 posts in 1842 days

#6 posted 09-05-2014 02:22 PM

Have absolutely no experience with anything but the 735 which I chose over the 734 simply due to the perceived appearance of it being a sturdier machine. Have been using it for a few months now without any issues aside from my lack of a DC/commitment to a dedicated cabinet build. Went the quick inexpensive way out fitting it with a 4” dryer hose which I clamp to the Shopvac line while in use. Method works well for me, but is far from a sexy solution to its imense output.

-- Dan

View endgrainy's profile


251 posts in 1883 days

#7 posted 09-05-2014 02:34 PM

As for the Dewalt 735 blades, they seem to be pretty durable. They are reversible, and I reversed them for the first time last month after about 8 months of use. I have another set that came with the planer package – so that’s basically 4 sets of blade edges to use before either sharpening or buying new ones.

Just like all straight blades, the downside is that if you get a knick early in the blade life, you’ll get those ridges in the knicked spot every time you plane. Another reason why I’d like the helical cutterhead someday.

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

View Andre's profile


1827 posts in 1801 days

#8 posted 09-05-2014 02:47 PM

I have a General same as the Steel City with the Helical heads, only fault I see so far is they are not carbide like my Laguna jointer. The finish is great and only minimal snipe, I will replace the cutter heads with carbide ones when the time comes. The general cutters are only 2 sided HSS but the carbide ones are 4 sided so will probably outlast the rest of the machine. Would of been real nice to have a 15” planner but lack of 220V power, space and of course $$$$ prevented that! I saw a way of sharpening planner blades very simple actually, take a piece of hardwood cut 2- 45degree grooves facing each other about an inch apart. Place your blades in them and run a 1000 water stone over both blades to flatten edges then hone with a 8000 water stone in same manner. Hard to explain with out seeing it done but even brand new blades can to polished to a sharper edge with this jig. Credit for this Jig goes to Robert at the Inside Passage! I am just lazy and decided to go the Helical head route!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

View firefighterontheside's profile


18158 posts in 1852 days

#9 posted 09-05-2014 02:55 PM

The 733 came with sharpenable blades that I’ve been using for 15 years. I have three sets, keep some sharp to swap out and then take more in. The 734 and 735 blades aren’t supposed to be sharpened, but I’ve heard you can. The difference is that the steel is much harder and lasts a lot longer. Like Gene said. They last a long time. They are double sided as well.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View Sawdustmaker115's profile


306 posts in 1717 days

#10 posted 09-05-2014 03:23 PM

Okay so the blades are pretty good then.
I think I’m going to get the 735, it looks like I can get the planer with two tables and an exra set
of blades for about $580 from home depot.

rad-can you post a pic of the jig your talking about?
i think i understand what your saying i just want to be sure.

-- Anthony--

View verdesardog's profile


160 posts in 2607 days

#11 posted 09-05-2014 03:23 PM

I have a 735, the blades seemed like junk to me, they didn’t last long and were a PITA to change. So I put a helical cutter with carbide inserts, now it cuts like a dream. I have run all kinds of wood through it, even recycled stuff, several hundred feet and haven’t had to rotate any of the inserts yet.

-- .. heyoka ..

View endgrainy's profile


251 posts in 1883 days

#12 posted 09-05-2014 03:28 PM

Just FYI, that package is $547 on amazon including shipping:

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

View Richard H's profile

Richard H

489 posts in 1676 days

#13 posted 09-05-2014 03:30 PM

I thought about getting a 735 than adding a helical head to it but by the time you do that you can almost buy a 15” planner from Grizzly and your a good ways to the helical 15” version.

View Mike's profile


406 posts in 2683 days

#14 posted 09-05-2014 04:09 PM

You might also want to take a look a the Ridgid R4331 if you’re ok with three straight blades. I have the previous model and I’ve never had a single problem. I’ve flipped the blades about a year ago which was about 5 years after I purchased it. The blades are also easy to change and are easy to find in home depot.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

View dlgWoodWork's profile


160 posts in 3749 days

#15 posted 09-05-2014 04:32 PM

I second the Mike’s idea of looking at the Ridgid. I have the previous model as well. It has performed well for me.

-- Check out my projects and videos

showing 1 through 15 of 21 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics