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734 Benchtop Planer

734 Benchtop Planer

The DeWalt 734 has a motor rated at 15 amps and uses three 12-1/2-in. blades

$400 (As of )

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Thickness Planers

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 1, 2007

The DeWalt 734 has decent power and a nice, simple depth-of-cut gauge that doubles as an initial thickness indicator for easy setup. Dust collection is good. The planer leaves a good surface.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test 0.001 out of parallel
Average Snipe 0.002 infeed snipe, 0.001 outfeed snipe
Time to change knives 11:29
Knives can be sharpened No
Noise Rating N/A

Editor's Review:

by Kelly J. Dunton

review date: February 10, 2016

One of only two machines with a cutterhead perfectly parallel to its beds, the DeWalt 734 is a very good planer. Knife changes overall were straightforward, but access is difficult because you must remove a Phillips-head screw from under the dust shroud—not an easy task. The dust port on the back of the machine has a 2 1⁄2-in.-dia. opening but can be hooked up to a 4-in.-dia. hose. Connected to a dust collector, it did an excellent job gathering chips. And because the port exits to the left of the machine, the hose is never in the way of exiting boards. The top of the machine is flat, making it a good place to stack boards between passes.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Extra set of knives included No
Price for Set of Knives $51.65
Reversible Knives Yes
Built-in Dust Collection No
Speed 10,000 rpm
Amps 15 amps
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 12-1/2 in.

I found this machine to be exactly as advertised. It does an excellent job on pine and other softwoods. It is also very good with hardwoods, just don't push it too much. Taking a small cut and longer time will yield very good surfaces either on soft or hardwood. Having a triple cutter does help with both the surface and snipe, which, incidentally, is almost non existent. Just have a good outfeed table to help especially with long boards. I would highly recommend this machine.

I have found this planer to be exactly what it was advertised. It is not intended to be able to go through hardwoods at any high rate of speed. It is wise to go no more than 1/32 of an inch at a time for anything close to walnut and harder, especially if it is wider than 6 inches. Make sure and keep the drive belt clean, as it will stop drawing the wood through if the belt is not clean and you're trying to pass a hard wood through. It does however leave a very clean surface. Snipe is almost non existent, especially if you have a good outfeed table, or can have someone on the other side of the planer to "catch" boards. Dust collection is perfect, and I absolutely love the height adjustment.

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