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Forum topic by Brian024 posted 06-18-2009 04:21 PM 2987 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2009 04:21 PM

I’ve been looking through Craigslist a lot lately, just see what is being sold. A couple days ago someone put up a Dewalt 735 Planer. I’ve been in contact with him and our plan is to meet later today to look it over. Anyways, is there anything special I should look for, besides things that look out of place? I won’t have the ability to run it because of where we are meeting.

http://martinsburg.craigslist.org/tls/1225231453.html


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#1 posted 06-18-2009 04:35 PM

I’ve had mine for over 5 years now and it sees tons of use. It’s had no problems as of yet, so I would assume that if it looks fine and not abused that you should be fine. The blades are the only thing that gets replaced frequently on mine.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-18-2009 04:44 PM

Has Anyone used the Dewalt 734? It’s over $200 cheaper than the 735 and fits better into my budget. Or are there any suggestions for a different brand in the same price range (appx: $400).

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#3 posted 06-18-2009 04:52 PM

I figure the one thing I’m probably going to have to do is replace the blades, but what he has told me it is in good shape and has seen about 30 hours of use.

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#4 posted 06-18-2009 04:56 PM

The infeed/outfeed tables is an accessory not included with the planer, but incredibly useful so if he has it make sure you get those. Otherwise what comes to mind, without getting to run test pieces, is to turn the handcrank and adjust the height of the planer to check if there’s any racking from previous abuses. Also the 735 comes with two different DC port accessory, one that directs the sawdust downward (imo rather useless), the other converts it to a 4” port, which will come in handy so get that from him too.

-- Ed

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#5 posted 06-18-2009 05:15 PM

Thanks Ed, yeah I will definitely get the tables. I hear it has a blower for the saw dust so if its possible I might hook up a line and run it to a trash can or some container. I figured for $300 atleast take a look at it, when its $600 new.

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#6 posted 06-18-2009 06:17 PM

The planer comes with a T-shaped hex wrench that is stored in the lid of the machine. The wrench also has some magnets in the handle to help in changing the blades. It looks like it is missing in the second photo. Not a huge deal. But, you might want to take a set of hex wrenches with you so that you can peak inside for any obvious signs of trouble. There are four bolts in the silver pieces that you see on the top.

I like my DW735 a lot. If this one is in good shape, that is a great price.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#7 posted 06-18-2009 07:00 PM

Thanks Chuck, I will remember to bring them with me.

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 09:01 PM

Well guys, I’m now the new owner of a Dewalt 735. This is one heavy beast though, almost 100 pounds but it is awesome. It’s a little beat up but it runs very well. I’m pretty sure I need to change the blades or atleast flip then over because I’m getting nicks in the wood like some people describe. But overall ,very happy with this. Now just need to build a cart and connect it to a dust collector.

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#9 posted 06-18-2009 09:03 PM

Congratulations! I am sure that you are going to enjoy the planer.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#10 posted 06-24-2009 01:06 AM

Ok guys, I ran into my first problem, I was wondering if anybody has had this problem. Today I went to plane down some 1X pine and was cranking the handle down and it got about 1 1/2” and it started to squeak, I then sprayed some lubricant on each of the 4 posts and got it to go away. As I got farther down to around 1”, it began the squeak again and the handle became very hard to turn, then eventually I couldn’t turn it, it would go up but not down, past about 1” or so. Now I did the same planning the other day and it worked fine, but today its giving me trouble. I heard of someone saying that sawdust and chips might get in the gearing that runs along the post, could that be the problem?

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#11 posted 06-24-2009 02:13 AM

It could be saw dust. What is the depth of cut gauge stop (or whatever it’s called) set at? You may have moved it by accident. If it’s on 1-inch, it won’t go any lower.

Edit: There’s a sprocket chain and some cogs that do the actual raising and lowering I think. The post are guides. It’s been a while since I had the cover off mine, but that’s what I remember.

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#12 posted 06-24-2009 05:25 PM

That would be the problem Jr. I completely forgot the planner had the preset depth’s, I guess I reset it to 1 1/4” after the other day. Thanks, now to just remember in the future.

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#13 posted 06-24-2009 06:16 PM

Glad you got it figured out. I’m sure you’ll love your new machine.

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#14 posted 06-24-2009 07:12 PM

When the blades get nicked just move the blades right & left= 1st one to the right then the second one to the left and the 3rd blade to the right= so the nicks don’t line up (it only takes a slight adjustment this will prolong the use of the blades) . I’ve had my 735 for about 5 yrs and its still doing a great job the only thing is the blades do nick pretty easy .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#15 posted 06-24-2009 09:08 PM

I’m not sure which woodworking magazine I saw it in but one recently had an advertisement for a much thicker and improved set of steel replacement knives for the Dewalt 735 planer. Just might be the way to go when you need to replace the blades. Another manufacturer makes a spiral cutterhead with replaceble carbide inserts for the 735, however I would imagine they would not be cheap.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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