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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Warren, MI>

    need help with buying planer


    I'm new to woodworking and I'm finding that having a thickness planer would get rid of alot of problems.
    My wife told me to go get one :}. I was looking at the dewalt 735,because of 3 blades and 2 speeds.My question
    is do I really need all that? That is the max on planer budget and would prefer to buy used.I have seen
    them on craigslit for 300 to 350......Any input would really help out.....thanks

    This is a great forum........

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    welcome to the bunch mitch! as for planers, i have, and can highly recommend rigid's 3 blade planer. i've had one for a little over a year now, and i've fed everything through it, and it keeps coming back for more. at roughly $400 at home depot new, not a bad bargain.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Welcome to FFW Mitch We have quite a few members that have the DW735 including me and speaking for myself I really like it and would by one again with out question

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    On the theory of "Buy once, cry once" I'd recommend biting the bullet and getting the 735. It's a real workhorse, and has a great reputation. Buying a lesser (cheaper) planer might be okay, but every time there's a tear-out, or some snipe, you'll wonder "Should I have gotten the 735 instead..."

    If you want to go upwards from a so-called 'portable' planer, then I'd look at the Delta or Grizzley 15" models. They're much more powerful, and built like tanks. Pretty pricey, though. They make the 735 seem cheap! (price-wise, not quality-wise).
    Jim D.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Welcome aboard, Mitch! You'll find this Family a great bunch of folks.

    I bought a 735 a little over a year ago and think it's great! If you haven't already, check Amazon. When I was ready to buy, I caught the 735X package, which included an extra set of blades and the tables for $100 less than the plain 735 package at the Borg.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Another thumbs up for the 735. Great planer.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    You don't "need" all that but they are "nice to have" features. The built in dust blower is especially nice if you don't have a dust collection system. The slower speed option is nice too because it leaves a smoother finish, but I don't consider the planer to be a true finishing machine. Inevitably the blades will end up with a nick in them, and the finish is dependent on the condition of the blades, so that finish quality is fleeting. I do feel that a snipe reduction system of some sort (cutterhead lock or 4-post thread design) are important, as well as dust chute capability...not all the cheapest models have those features. The DW735 gets great reviews, but the DW734, Delta 22-580, 22-590, Makita, Ridgid, and Steel City planers also get very good marks...many for less money. All are very capable of an excellent finish when the blades are fresh, and all have reasonable reliability track records AFAIK.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I have had a 735 for over 5 years now and never ever regretted buying it. I keep sharp blades in it and have nothing but great results. I'd buy it again in a heart beat.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    I vote for DeWalt planer also. Mine isn't the newest one of the bunch, bought over 12 years ago. But it has been a workhorse and has done beautiful work for me. Welcome to the family.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    before you make your final decision, consider dust collection and power source.
    if you dont have a 220 line, you might not be able to handle anything larger than the 735.
    dust blower in the 735 is a nice feature if you dont have a collector.
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