Dewalt 735 vs steel city 40255

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Forum topic by JMerr0928 posted 09-12-2014 03:05 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2014 03:05 PM

Hello all,

I am going to upgrade my craftsman planner and was debating on the 735 or the 15” steel city. The nice part is I live close to the illinois location for steel city and they always have new tools they used at trade shows or display for a good price. So the 40255 right now is 699 plus tax and the Dewalt is around 550. I would get the full warranty on the steel city.

Is this a no brainer and go for the 15” and be done? Any thoughts?



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#1 posted 09-12-2014 03:33 PM

If you have the money go for the bigger.

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 04:06 PM

Of course that is the easy answer but I do not see any reviews do the steel city model and the Dewalt is a top reviewed model for years. Anyone have experience with the steel city model?

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 04:07 PM

I love my Dewalt for ease of use, precision and finish but really hate the fact that it has disposable blades (I didn’t understand my requirements when I bought it), and it seems like it has a lot of snipe.

I don’t know anything about the Steel City but 15” sounds nice to me.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#4 posted 09-12-2014 09:08 PM

I have the 735 and I like it. I had to adjust the in-feed and outfeed tables to get rid of the snipe. Only issue I have with this planer is that I plane a lot of eastern red cedar and when a knot comes loose as it passes through the chip ejector fan it breaks the plastic fan housing. This causes some of the ships to flow into the inside of the machine and it clogs the bicycle type chain that raises and lowers the cutting head. After a while I have to take the cover off and blow and vacuum out the excess chips. Except for that plastic housing failing the planer works well. You will definitely need the in-feed and outfeed tables, that are an option with this planer, to correct the snipe.

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#5 posted 09-12-2014 09:38 PM

The Steel City is a real heavy duty planer and can handle about anything you would throw at it. The 735 is a good lunchbox planer but it’s still a lightweight lunchbox planer and is limited in what you can do with it. To me, if you have the room and the budget, there isn’t any comparison.

-- Earl

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#6 posted 09-12-2014 10:17 PM

I can pick up the dw 735 by myself. The steel city planer I could not pick up. It is a heavier duty planer. It also has an induction motor while the dw735 has a loud motor. I have no experience with the steel city planer, and it would not be my choice if I were in the market, but between the two the steel city edges out the dewalt.

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#7 posted 09-13-2014 03:21 AM

I would go for the Steel City, I bought a Delta DC-380 used which is Identical to the Steel City except for the cast iron out/infeed tables. It was big upgrade from the Dewalt 434 planer but like Jerry said this planer is super heavy, I’am using the Rockler altrain mobile base and it’s still a pain to move in tight spaces. The Dewalt is 110v and the Steel City is 220v, I all so saw that they have a nice 8” jointer for under $1000.00 with a helix cutter. So you might as well pick that up while your there. Good luck with you SC planer.

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#8 posted 09-13-2014 12:29 PM

Thank you all for the responses. I have more then enough room for the 15” so I think I will go pick it up soon. Alan – I already have a 8” jointer but if not I would be all over that. I am debating about the 3 hp cabinet saw with 50” rail for under 1200.


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