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735 Benchtop Planer

DeWalt - 735 Benchtop Planer

DeWalt’s 13-in. planer features a three-knife cutterhead and a built-in chip extraction system

$480 (As of 12/1/2007)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Thickness Planers

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 1, 2007

This powerful planer has a compact, low-profile design and leaves an excellent finished surface. It had no problem cutting 3/32 in. off an 8-in.- wide white-oak board. The side crank handle for height adjustment is awkward compared to the top-mounted models. There is good access to the knives for changing. Dust collection is quite good, but the hose attaches directly above the center of the outfeed table, which is slightly inconvenient if the hose isn’t rigged out of the way. It tied with the Craftsman 21759 in my pick for best overall.

Photo: Anissa Kapsales

Previous Review
by Lon Schleining
1/1/03

When they designed the model 735 planer, the folks at DeWalt incorporated some of the best features found on existing benchtop planers. They also added a few innovative features—in particular, a three-knife cutterhead—which results in an impressive machine.
All other things being equal, surface smoothness improves as the number of cuts per inch goes up. With three cutterhead knives instead of two, model 735 increases the number of cuts per inch.

Also, the 735 has two feed rates. When at the fastest rate, a speed good for general planing, it makes 96 cuts per inch. The slower rate produces 179 cuts per inch, more than any other planer on the market.

Even if you have central dust collection, you won’t need to hook it up to this machine. A built-in chip-extraction system worked flawlessly, channeling the waste directly into a trash can with the optional ($45) hose and fabric collar.

To make knife changes easier, the top opens like the hood of a car, allowing comfortable access to the cutterhead. It takes only a single Allen wrench, with a magnet in the handle, to do everything from loosening the bolts to removing the knives. Despite the conveniences, though, the blade-changing process took longer than average when compared to other benchtop models I’ve looked at, in part due to having to change three knives instead of two.

I liked the double-edged knives. They include elongated holes that fit on alignment pins. Should the knives get a nick, the resulting raised line on the wood surface can be removed simply by slightly shifting one of the knives.

Although there is no cutterhead locking lever or knobs, DeWalt seems to have virtually eliminated the snipe problem. I found almost no measurable snipe.

The stock planer does not come with infeed and outfeed extension tables. Although they’re not essential, I find them handy. DeWalt offers them as a $45 accessory.

Test Notes: The planer caused only minor snipe, and the surface quality it left was excellent. Carriage parallelism was good. The built-in dust-collection feature worked well. On the downside, it’s noiser, heavier, and more expensive than most other benchtop planers.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test 0.002 out of parallel
Average snipe 0.001 infeed snipe, less than 0.001 outfeed snipe
Time to change knives 13:37
Knives can be sharpened N/A
Noise Rating 102 db.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Extra set of knives included No
Price for Set of Knives $50.85
Reversible Knives Yes
Built-in Dust Collection Yes
Speed 2 speed; 10,000 rpm
Amps 15 amps
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 13 in.
5/28/2014

As a new machine, the 735 was really a great machine. As it has aged, it's durability qualities have emerged, and are disappointing. Two trips back to the regional repair center (feed failures--first very expensive, 2nd free), and now requiring a 3rd (feed speed-changing failure). All 3 due to poor material selection for high-wear parts; DeWalt needs to upgrade their material selection process to give the machine longer trouble-free life.
10/30/2009

In my opinion, this the best of the benchtop planers. As has been mentioned it produces an impressively smooth surface (even when using the lower cuts-per-inch setting) and the chip extraction works phenomenally. It will snipe boards, even with infeed/outfeed tables, but for me, this only happens occasionally and I can usually smooth it out with another pass. Most of the time snipe is nearly imperceptible. I have rarely had boards get "stuck" when making a heavy-ish cut and I've had to pull the end of the board to get it through. Obviously the feed rollers are slipping for some reason. Interestingly, this has not resulted in ripples or burn marks on the wood. Assembly and disassembly are a snap with the included hex key. The machine is very loud - not much more to be said there. I installed a Wixey digital micrometer kit and I have great results with it. I can mill stock to within a few thousandths of the desired dimension effortlessly. In all, I am very pleased with this tool and would recommend it without hesitation.
1/14/2009

I was given this tool by someone who thought they broke it. I spent an hour re-aligning the four legs and was in business. I find this to be a powerful well running machine. It leaves and almost finish ready surface and changing the knives is a piece of cake. Unlike the Steel City 15" planer I have at work that I've spent hours trying to set the knives properly and still can't get right. I do wish the infeed and outfeed tables were included. My biggest complaint is the same complaint I have with ALL DeWalt tools. That is, they are just too loud. I have used other benchtop planers that worked almost as well, but were a good bit quieter. All in all, this is an excellent tool I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
10/22/2008

I returned the planer to Sears and got another one. Same results regarding snipe. I am returning it for a refund. All I can say it that they must have had a skid of planers fall over or something and bent them all up or something like that. I ran several (perfectly flat) 24" long boards thru the planer and got snipe on every single one. The extension tables I purchased also did not help. Also I keep hearing about how fast the blades wear out. So I think I will get a Delta this time.
9/12/2008

Tested this summer
9/12/2008

I've always had a good experience with deWalt tools.
5/12/2008

Heavier blades would have gone a long way in terms of offering a planer worthy of the money. New blades do a great job for about 5 minutes.
2/18/2008

12/4/2007

I've owned this for about 3 years, and have had no problems. Only drawback is the noice level, but the quality of construction is great, with very little snipe. P.S. - Get the mobile base! It's well worth the money, and is very solid.
11/27/2007

11/26/2007

I have had mine about a year. (Christmas present to myself). The only complaint I have is they should include the infeed and outfeed tables, rather than making them an accessory. Most retailers (Sears)don't stock the accessories, rather telling you to order them from their over priced parts department. My next project will involve milling some aged Osage Orange. That will tell me, if it is as good as I think and other reviewers say it is.
11/25/2007

11/24/2007

I have owned this model since it first came out. It replaced the 734 I owned and also liked. This is a great improvement and a work horse in my shop.I also have access to an 18" Powermatic equipped with a spiral cut head. It is fine for hogging off large quantities of stock on rough dimensioned boards, but the 735 is my choice for any fine finish work. I would highly recommend this planer.
11/24/2007

I've had mine for about 3 years. It creates a wonderful surface. Smooth, flat, minimum snipe (as long as your infeed and outfeeds are above the deck of the planer) and no tool marks. My only complaint is the blade life. I've worked only hard maple and the blades really don't last long. I've lost track of how many sets I've replaced. Even one tiny brown knot will start a ridge down the board. After one such event, you can shift the blades to eliminate the problem. After the second, you have to switch edges. This is the tool that finally convinced me I needed a cyclone. I tried just a hose into a g-can. Most of the chips went in the can but way too many wound up in the air. Now I never see any chips, but I do check the collection barrel often. :)
11/23/2007

I've had the 735 for a couple of years and use it all the time. The tool does a great job.My only complaint is that the blades don't last very long and nick easily.
11/23/2007

I have had this tool for a year now and I have used it to plane sugar maple, cherry and assorted softwoods. I can confirm that it works quite well when the knives and rollers are new, that the cuts are precise and the machine is powerful. It is also true that the knives do dull rather quickly and when that happens, the finish gets noticeably poorer. In addition, the rollers have a tendency to slip badly, I have not found a way to increase the pressure to correct that, and my effort to obtain from the DeWalt Reps some sort of indication on what kind of cleaning procedure would restore the gripping power of the rollers without damaging them has not been successful. I can also confirm that a slightly raised out feed table tends to reduce snipe.I wish someone would come up with better knives for this machine. Finally, if anyone connects a suction onto this machine, please do not forget to ground the pipes inside and out with bare copper wire, as the fast flowing chips create a lot of static and hence a real danger of explosion.
11/22/2007

11/22/2007

11/22/2007

I have used my 735 for about 2 years and have had no problems at all. I hae planed over a hundred feet of hard maple, along with cherry, poplar, oak, and walnut. This planer does a great job. i would recommend it to anyone.
11/22/2007

Mine is about 3 years old now. It gets used every day, and so far it has never let me down. I have changed knifes twice, which only takes about half an hour. To stop snipe completley all you have to do is set the in, and out feed tables about 1/16 inch higher on the ends. I keep it on the slow infeed rate and it leaves a pefect face on almost any wood. Even curley maple.For the money I think its the best small planer around.Lee Tollett Oklahoma city Oklahoma
11/22/2007

11/22/2007

I have been using this planer for three years now and I haven't had any trouble with it at all. It is very precise and little to no snip on the wood. I reccomend this planer to everyone I see.
11/22/2007

Have had the DW735 since it first came out and have been nothing but pleased with it. It has performed as advertised in every aspect.My only issue would be the placement of the chip exhaust. It does get in the way a bit but overall not a biggie. I would buy another tomorrow.
11/22/2007

I have the earlier DeWalt planer and then bought this. The difference was amazing, virtually no snipe and almost no sanding necessary! This is the closest you can get to the finish of a stationary planer. Of course, the "portability" is questionable. This planer needs a permanent home or you need to get a friend to help you move it into place.
11/22/2007

I've had this planer for over a year now and it has exceeded my expectations in EVERY way:1. Two-speed feature allows for getting stock to rough thickness, then nearly sanding smooth as I get closer to the dimension I want.2. Have changed the blades just once and it is MUCH easier than the previous planer I owned.3. I like the extra 1" beyond an even foot. Only used it once, but it was a lifesaver the one time I did need it.4. Hooked up to my dust "sucker" I get almost NO chips and dust in the shop...a BIG factor for me.
11/21/2007

I had excellent results using the planer. Very little snipe and great chip collection. It never let me down. I've since upgraded to a 20" Powermatic with byrd carbide head.
11/21/2007

I have owned mine for eighteen months. Chip extraction: Awesome with optional extractor with garbage can.Snipe: Three inches on each end of the board. I was told by DeWalt to use a straight edge with a nickle between the straight edge and table under the cutter head to set extension tables to reduce snipe. I have not tried this yet.Noise: The loudest power tool I have ever used.Knives: Even with light cuts and slow speed they dull quickly. When new the finish is perfect. After passing a few boards you get raised lines in the board.Replacing Knives: Pretty easy Feed problems: When I encounter a feed problem, I can see the rollers slipping on the board. At that point, after removing the baord and unplugging the machine, I wipe the rollers with brake clean and a rag.Overall: I think this is a good machine with great features, however for the money(machine, stand, dust extraction, out feed tables) I probably should have bought a Jet or something like it that would allow me to sharpen the knives. I guess this machine might be intended for contractors who need portability and the ease of replacing knives. As wood workers we tend to sharpen our own knives. Knives that you can not sharpen seams great only if they would hold an edge longer. Update: I set the in and out tables as described above and am happy to say snipe is almost non existant.
11/21/2007

11/21/2007

I bought this planer about 6-8 months ago. Since that time I've put it through some moderately heavy planing of Philippine Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, and White and Red Oak. If it were not for a sporadic snipe problem on the in-feed end, I would give it an excellent rating. I'm not sure what's causing the snipe, but I think it has to do with improper pressure on the rear feed roller. I also bought the stand designed for the DeWalt planers, and would give it a 5 rating without hesitation.
6/3/2007

I owned the Rigid for a while, and when it failed I bought the Dewalt. This machine is great from what I can tell after using it for a couple of weeks. It is designed differently from the Rigid and the other models. The whole body moves up and down when setting the cutting width, and I has these 4 crome columns that the body rides on. I works great and looks great too. And the table design is great too. It is one piece and does not have extensions, which are cumbersome and lead to work errors and time wastage. It has three knives and has two speeds. If dewalt makes all its tools like this, Dewalt will be a favourite for me. They need to work on their belt sander, to begin with, I think.
5/2/2007

I'm running 8/4 walnut about 5' long 12" wide and got some snipe. I had to get at least one good side to rip it. I supported the board with a roller stand and the "wings", but it could have used better support. That's user error. I can't find anything wrong with this machine. Runs great and with dust collection there's very little mess. Nice job Dewalt!
4/27/2007

Gives a great finish with virtually no snipe. I am very careful to only feed clean wood but the blades seem to hold up very well. Very pleased with the machine. Trash can dust collection worked well before I got my dust collector and now that it is on the collector it is very low in dust production.
4/20/2007

4/20/2007

The 735 gives me the capability to buy semi-finished lumber, mostly cherry, and plane it to a fairly consistent thickness.It is noisy but works pretty well with a minimum, not none, of snipe. The infeed/outfeed table should be on the machine, not optional.The optional dust collector works great. I don't see how you cold use the machine without it since it sprays chips across the room.I was surprised how quickly the blades became damaged, producing raised lines on the wood. Replacement blades are expensive but necessary for quality.
4/20/2007

Only problem I've had is that it's hard to get to the rollers to clean them. Gives me a smooth finish.
4/20/2007

I've been using my 735 for about a year and have had absolutely no problems. By reading all of the previous reviews it sounds like problems begin to happen when trying to run a lot of wood through this machine at one time. In my case a big job is 6 or 7 - 8" boards. I've had no slippage and I'm still on the first side of my original blades. I didn't buy the extension wings but I did make a table with wheels and flip up wings. Maybe the slipping gets more pronounced when running long stock with inadequate support. If you're working in a production shop buy a production machine. If your a small shop or hobbyist this is a great machine. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
4/20/2007

This is the first and only planer that I have owned. It worked flawlessly right out of the box. I would recommend spending the extra money for this planer.
4/20/2007

I have had this machine for about 1 1/2 yrs now and was reassured the problem gears were changed. so far no problems.So far I have run various widths of oak and maple, I have found that the rollers don't slip if the blades are sharp and I keep the width under 10" or so. I am on knife set four after building an oak DR table, a maple dresser, and 2 maple night tables from rough cut stock. The only down side is the positioning of the discharge hose (a 90 degree bend would help) I love the weight so I don't have to chase it across the shop
3/26/2007

I have owned this planer for about three years. I love it. I have done multiple projects in oak, cherry, walnut, poplar and maple hard woods, plus soft woods when needed. I am just a weekend woodworker, but I have put the machine through it's paces. I am still on my first set of knives! I just have not had any problems with it. On the contrary, I would highly recommend it.
3/5/2007

I received this planer on mothers day, believe it or not (smile). I was skeptical on the durability and performance of one of these portable planers but after owning it for about a year and putting through quite a bit of oak, maple and pine, and still on the first edge of the first set of blades I have nothing but praise. This puts a very fine finish on all kinds of wood, does a great job at chip extraction and is portable enough (with the rolling base) that it fits in a fairly small space and is easily moved. have had the wood jam a time or two, but in all cases it's because the raw board was thicker on tail end than the end I fed and a slight adjustment as it went through was all it took. I haven't found any slippage,of the feed system, under normal use at all. I hope this performance stands up to the test of time because if it does, we'll have no reason to get anything bigger.
1/29/2007

i had my 735 given to me for fathers day, and couldnt ask for a better present! Read reviews regarding roller slippage and cured the problem with a fine coat of paste wax on the infeed /outfeed table ,now have no stoppages even working fiddleback redgum and jarrah. Am also saving heaps of money on abrasive paper!
1/25/2007

I have used this tool for two years now and am very impressed with the results. However I have found that you can sometimes plug the chip exhaust chute.Would I recommend this tool? In a heart beat.
1/25/2007

As far as the cutting operation of the planer goes, it cuts like no other in it's class. The finish cuts are glass smooth. Very nice! I have also experienced the roller slippage that others talk about which is why I can't give it 5 stars. The slippage seems to happen when I've been using it for longer periods and things get 'hot' inside. When used briefly, it works like a charm.
1/11/2007

12/28/2006

This planer has started to produce major snipe at both ends. I cannot figure out what is wrong with it. I hesitate every time I use it.
12/26/2006

I have owned this planer for several years now and am experiencing the same problems as many others have posted on this site,roller slippage and quick blade dulling.It's unfortunate that Dewalt is unwilling to address these issues. I probably won't buy another Dewalt tool because of this and would not recommend this planer to any of my friends.
12/22/2006

12/7/2006

I have owned the DW735 since it came on the market. with extender tables the DW735 can not be beat. Most times I Use it on high speed,only on extra hard wood do I switch to the slower speedCason McClain
12/4/2006

Good with chip extractionLots of roller drive slippage against wood with wood stalling even on thin cuts
11/9/2006

I have this planer for somewhat over two years now. It has lot of power and does an excellent job. The only draw back I have with this planer is that it is heavy and NOISY. Same or louder than a regular circular saw. Since I do most of my work in the evening after my daily job, I cannot use the planer till late. If you have an isolated shop with no neighbors nearby, than this is the best you can get. Otherwise save some extra money and buy a planer that has a separate motor and belt driven. The majority of these machines are very quiet.One top feature of the planer is that there is only one tool you need to open, clean, replace knives etc. Very clever.
11/6/2006

I read the Fine WoodWorking review (outstanding) and only the first "user review" here. Seems that reviewer "man" expects a portable planer, at the cost of about $500.00 to perform like one of the good ol' Oliver units I used to run in the Universal Studios Mill (we hardly ever shut em down!). A portable planer such as the DeWalt 735 is not at all intended for production use!Let me tell you what I use it for. Over the last 2 years I have been Owner/Builder of our 3,000 square foot custom home in the mountains. I am a Cabinetmaker and have really enjoyed doing all the finish work (still at it actually). Needless to say, there's plenty of opportunities for SFS around here and my DeWalt 735 has executed to perfection. In fact, I've already realized the return of my investment and I haven't even used the replacement knives yet!If you want to do "production work" then don't use any kind of portable power tool! Nowadays, almost everyone is a Self-Made "man". Out of all the sub-contractors I used during the construction process of our Mountain Home, only ONE was a "true" journeyman (that is, a person who has submitted to a master craftsman for two years of apprenticeship). The DeWalt 735 is the perfect portable planer, as there should seldom be a need to make more than two 1/32" cuts on a piece of wood. Any person who has been properly trained in the use of power tools and possesses sufficient experience in "production woodworking" would understand this BASIC principle. If you intend to do any woodworking worthy of "the market" then plan to spend some money for "production equipment" and don't leave your portable power tools running for 30 straight minutes. If you make such an ill-advised decision, don't write a "user review" detailing your lack of proper training and experience! And no, I don't work for DeWalt.Remember, "measure twice and cut once".Sincerely,VTOL51 (I also fly helicopters)
10/21/2006

I have had this planer for 2 years and like most other low graders the issues are the same the knife and the feeder. I have read many of the reviews here and on amazon.com and think that the real problem is in the motor. If you run this machine for more than 1/2 hour the motor heats up (try putting your hand on it) and soon after loses power and all the other issues are really caused from this. Even if the blades are not dull the boards can not pass through. I usually have to hand feed the boards after the first 20 min of use or divide the work so I don't have to plane all at once. Now the overall design is good except for such a small motor to do so much work? Like the blower is a complete waste of power if you need to cut a board and feed it too plus adds so much noise (bad design decision). Now anyone who tested this tool (FWM which was the reason I got this tool) did not do their homework. How long did you guys run this tool for? Dewalt is now out of my book for any future tool unless they come clean and fix this product. But I have confidence in FWM would do the right thing and retest this tool. Anyone out there looked into this? or knows a motor that could fit in that tiny place? Please post here or on the forum. Nobody could just through their money out like this. Thanks.
8/23/2006

I bought the machine last year and so fare no major problem, yes the roller always slip but I start cleaning them with a damped cloth and some Windex and it makes a big difference. So far I'm still with the original set of cutters but I always remove 1/32 of material at the time no more, it takes longer but maybe this practice preserve the cutters life ??
8/19/2006

The DW735 is a great planer, giving you a very smooth finish even on somewhat difficult woods. Replacing knives is an easy task, especially since you can do everything with the one tool Dewalt provides. Of course, it had better be easy, as you'll be replacing knives a lot. My only big complaint with the DW735 (and it's a big one) is that the knives dull and knick faster than any knives on any tool I have ever used. They are reversable, so you get two uses out of each knife. However, they cannot be sharpened, and as of this writing, there are no third-party manufacturers of stronger replacement knives (or helical cutterheads). There is one company that makes some, but they are limited by the thickness of the metal dewalt uses in their stock knives.Note that the carbide knives Dewalt makes for their other planer are not available for the DW735. When using the 735 to finish a large amount of soft tiger maple, I found I would get a smooth finish on the first board (with fresh knives), a little less on the second, and by the third 6' long, 8" wide board, I would almost certainly have a knick in a blade (which causes a line down the board) and some dulling (which causes tearout). All it takes to knick the blades is a little resin in the wood, a small knot, or just a hard spot. They really are delicate, even when taking extremely light cuts, as I did during finishing. If you intend to plane a lot of hardwood or figured wood, I'd really think about whether or not the cost of knives is going to be a factor. I went through three sets of knives roughing 500 board feet of soft maple. I would switch the knives when they got so dull it overworked the motor. Given the surface of the rough boards, I expected to go through a set, but I didn't expect to go through six fresh edges, especially given that the 500 board feet only came down to about 65 6' long boards (they were thick). I have finish planed maybe 20 board feet from that stack, and have already gone through another set (both sides) due to knicks and dulling. I could understand this if I was planing some exotic hardwood, but this is soft tiger maple! By way of contrast, my original set of knives in my ridgid jointer (also used on all this soft maple) are still going strong, with no knicks and barely any tearout. I can't help but think Dewalt pulled a Gilette here and planned on a strong revenue stream from expensive and short-lived replacement knives. And yes, the rollers slipped on mine as well, although I didn't realize that's what the black marks were until I read about them here.One other important point: this planer is HEAVY. If you plan to store it under a cabinet and pull it out to use it, or lug it to job sites, you may want to consider a lighter planer. If you pick up this planer, I strongly suggest the infeed and outfeed tables. If you plan to plane anyplace where you don't want piles of shavings 10' in front of the planer, I also suggest you either hook up to a cyclone like I did, or get the garbage can topper. The blower does a good job of evacuating chips from the planer, but it really shoots them far.I run my DW735 on one of the 20amp circuits in my workshop, and have had no problems there.
8/19/2006

I find user reviews an excellent resource but I always try to keep the big picture in mind when perusing them. I have had the DeWalt 735 since it first hit the market. I have used it moderately. I simply do not have enough time to devote to woodwork, so I cannot use it on a daily basis. It has never given me any mechanical trouble at all. I also have the 13 inch Delta benchtop planer and I cannot say the same for it. The DeWalt is the best "benchtop" or "portable" planer available. I find its only drawback is the knives (or blades if you prefer). I have gone through several sets already. At 50 bucks a pop that can add up quick. With due respect to those who have gotten good service from them, I have to say I have found the knives go dull very rapidly. I have only had trouble with the feed rollers slipping when planing wood with very high pitch/resin content, such as the pine lumber native to the area where I live. Such material requires that I stop to clean the rollers frequently. Oh well.
8/18/2006

I resisted the urge to purchase a moderate priced thickness planer because I did not like the quality of the 2-headed cutters. I did not have the room or the money for the larger "professional" models. Among other features, these all sported 3-headed cutting heads. So, when the 735 hit the street, I did not waste any time buying it!I have been pleased with it ever since. I use it predominantly with walnut, maple, and oak. I found the machine easy to set up; easy to achieve desired results. I have found the maintenance - occasional cleaning and one blade change so far - to be fairly quick and easy. The portability of this equipment more than satisfies my requirements for my small shop (No! I'm not Andre the Giant!)The only negative for me is that the location of the dust port sometimes interferes with the exit of the finished planks. I have to go through some amount of trouble to string up my vacuum hoses so they remain clear during operation - a small price to pay for the quality of the planing job however.
8/18/2006

Have had great experiences with my Dewalt 735. Got it for a bargain price when Lowes had a 20% discount on all tools. The feed rollers have never slipped while planning faces. The only slippage I've had was when planning the edges. Usually I will gang edges together and there has been no problem. The manual tells me not to plane any face under 3/4 inch. Have had the rollers slip when planning a 3/4 edge. To avoid this problem I now use my jointer when only one board to edge. Other than this case, my 735 has replaced my jointer except for twisted stock. The only blade problem ever after about 100 bd.ft.of oak. I found a long 2X4 laying in the desert. After wire brushing the 2X4 i thought it was clean enough. Whoops! there was an embedded small stone I hadn't noticed. This produced a small nick which I bypassed for another 50 Bd. Ft. of oak. The nick produced a small rise that could be sanded out. So- not a big issue. I had some breakage when planning that resawed 2x4 into 1/4 inch slats, (when the work pieces were 1/4") but that was to be expected. Once I had to stop and clean a broken piece of knot from the exhaust fan area. Have had absolutely no problem with electricity. Wired the shop myself. All ground fault circuits with 20 amp breakers.Solved the portability issue by placing the planner on a stand with rollers. Used the New Yankee Workshop's version of the portable table in "the Garage Workshop" plans. If you use these plans, be careful as you have to make the planner portion of the table wide enough to accommodate the 735. It was designed for a Delta (which is not as wide) The other part of the table is designed for a cutoff saw. The table also has storage below and a nice large drawer.Holt
8/18/2006

On neat features and cleverness, I'd rate it a 5 star. On durability I'd rate it a two. I'm on my third blade change after planing a few admittedly dusty boards. The DeWalt blades nick VERY easily. I've bouught another set from http://www.infinitytools.com/default.asp for $60 a set but haven't installed them yet. I also find that the feed rollers start slipping and marking the wood after a few passes. Wiping with denatured alchol seems to help but it just seems to happen too quichly. And finally, I've had sawdust back up into the inner case where it binds up the raise/lower gears and chains. At least once I left the let the dust barrel get too full but the second time it seemed like it happened when the shavings were still 6" from the top of my trash can.On the other hand, it does have a lot of neat features that make it easier to use than my old Ryobi. But it needs some improvement.
8/18/2006

I've been reading the comments re the DeWalt 735 and am inclined to give it an excellent rating. I have not had even a small problem with the planer. I did chip the blades almost immediately, but that was my fault. I don't have a dedicated circuit for the 735 and my shop lights do flicker on startup. It has never blown a breaker. I am a hobbyist but use it extensively as I buy rough wood. I purchased the machine at Woodcraft as the new model was being unloaded from the truck. I have not regretted it.
8/18/2006

I just read some of the reviews and was surprised to hear about trouble with breaking gears. I've had my 735 planer also about two years, and have planed a variety of different hardwoods and softwoods. The planer has been trouble-free; I couldn't be happier. It seldom produces snipe and the depth controls are plenty accurate for the furniture work. I'd recommend this planer to a friend.
8/17/2006

I have been using the DeWalt 735 for two years and have no complaints. I have put over 300BF of cherry through it, never popped a circuit breaker, and have not broken any gears.I am on my second set of blades, my fault for running knots through it. No problem with snipe unless the board is not stable going through it, so I use a sled on roughsawn wood.There may be a better planer out there, but for my small shop it works great.
8/17/2006

The finish produced by fresh blades is great! The gears and blades need durability added. I've owned my DW735 for 2+ years. I put about 500 bd ft through the machine in that time. (Poplar 80%, some Cherry, Mahogany and Maple for the balance) I thought I was doing something wrong to cause the gears to break. I've replaced them twice so far. I bought 4 extra last time to save time and frt on future break downs. I am on my 5th set of blades.Circuit breaker kicks out about once per 100 bd ft
8/17/2006

I have a 12" Ryobi and a friend has a new Rigid and we both agree that the 735 is far better. Ease of blade change is so much better than others in my experience and the chip ejection is worth the extra cost.
7/28/2006

I purchased my 735 shortly after it first hit the stores. Been using it ever since with a variety of wood ranging from 4/4 poplar to 12/4 Mexican Rosewood that was milled with a chain saw. everything comes out the back of the 735 looking almost too good. In some cases, I've stopped using a hand plane, or scraper, no need to. Usually just a light sanding with 220 grit is all that's needed. The one downside to the 735, its only a portable if you're "Andre the Giant".The sucker weighs a ton (well not quite) and I had to construct a mobile stand for it. And yes, the optional in and outfeed extensions do make a difference. Easier to run longish stock through it without having the board falling on the floor. Snipe is either negligible or non-existent.This is one sweet piece of machinery. Now if all the stuff I own worked as well.
4/30/2006

I would rate the quality of the output to be very good. The areas I have a problem with is the speed and durability of the machine. I have owned the machine for over two years and used it sparingly. In one year and after the first set of knives the machine broke a gear and required roller bushings and rollers replaced (worn out). After another year and another set of knives the same story, same parts worn out. In total I planed rough sawn oak from 1" to 3/4" about 100 bd feet each time. The machine has a very good dust removal with an inboard blower and the snipe is about as good as I have seen.I AM UPDATING THE ABOVE REVIEW.Since the earlier review I have planed about 200 bd ft of oak, 900 bd ft of hard maple and several bd feet of Cherry and Walnut without any further failure of the rollers and gears. ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING I HAVE DISCOVERED IS TO FREQUENTLY WIPE PASTE WAX ON THE DECK. This helps the wood to move freely and keeps the rollers from slipping which will cause them to wear out and it also keeps the motor from over heating. As for the blades, the hard maple is very hard on any sharp edge. Only a few passes and I get marks left on the wood. I normally sand the products when I complete them. I also had planed rough sawn wood and now I believe that these rubber rollers cannot handle that. I have several other planers and use one of the to get the roughness out before I use this machine. I try to purchase initial planed wood from the mill. This does two thing, makes planing easier and I also get a good look at the quality lumber. I am a cabinett maker and have been using this machine very heavly.
3/21/2006

I will keep this short. This machine has some really nice features. But the 735 has major problems with the poor quality blades and weak feed rollers. Nearly every personal review addresses these problems. I too had these problems after only one board! I read the reviews and called Dewalt with my concerns. What was distressing was that they denied any knowledge of the problems. (We're all adults and have the ability to reason, so I reason that they are not being truthful) There is no way they dont know about the problems. They have no plans to correct the problems. They sent me new blades, that didnt help. Sadly I am taking it back, like my expensive wood, if you buy this you will be burned. (Ok that was lame, like the machine(that too, i will stop).)
2/14/2006

I have used this planer for 2 years now and have found it very capable. No blown circuit breakers in the shop or machine(it is on it's own circuit 15 amps with 12 gauge wire). The adjustments are easy, depth gauge good, blade changing a snap. Occassionly a piece of wood will get hung up when I am putting several pieces in together. The chip extraction works well, it goes into an 1800 cfm dust collector.The in/outfeed tables are not that good, made my own, which are a total of 6 ft.with supports. I would buy it again. Golfboy
2/13/2006

Overall I am slightly unhappy with the planer. The slightest imperfection slows the rate of feed and I consistently get burn marks on my lumber. It is capable of handling any large amount of work without tripping a breaker (after heating up). And yes I have it on its own circuit.

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