Benchtop Planer DW733 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Benchtop Planer DW733

DeWalt - Benchtop Planer DW733

DeWalt offers a comparable 12-1/2-in. planer as model No. DW734.

$350 (As of 1/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Planers

by Lon Schleining

review date: January 1, 2003

Today's thickness planers vary in price from less than $300 to nearly $500. In an effort to learn whether the price differences reflect the quality and features of the machines, I put nine of them through a hands-on test. To begin with, it's important that the infeed and outfeed tables be flush with the bed, and I found that all of these machines made it easy to adjust the tables up and down. In addition, I tested how accurately and smoothly the planers cut (all produced amazingly smooth cuts). I also measured the noise level of the machines, checked to see how easy it was to change knives, and gauged the effectiveness of the dust collection.

The cutterhead lock on the moderately priced DeWalt was a bit stiff, but it had excellent carriage parallelism and tied for the smallest amount of snipe.

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Editor Test Results:

Parallel Test Less than 0.001 in.
Average snipe Less than 0.001 in.
Time to Change Knives 17 minutes
Knives Can Be Sharpened Yes (up to five times)
Noise Rating 98 dB (load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Extra set of knives included Yes
Price for Set of Knives $39
Reversible Knives No
Built-in Dust Collection Hood: Included
Speed 10,000 rpm (no load)
Amps N/A
Maximum Thickness 6 in.
Maximum Width 12 1/2 in.

Super tool for the price. I got mine at a wood show 10 years ago it still does beautiful surfacing with a sharp blade. Simple construction and easy to maintain. Infeed & outfeed table is not the best but can be trued up with some work.

After having this planer for a few years (and used very little), the planer developed a habit of creating divots in boards as they went through. I took the machine apart to find the drive chain had a bad link it it. Ok, ordered new one. Installed, still not workign right. Took apart again and discovered roller spindle had been wearing away at bushing until there was almost nothing left of bushing. Spindles worn out also. New rollers & bushings 1/3 cost of what I paid for planer. Throw in cost of wood that was wasted and you have 1/2 of what a good belt driven planer is. Stay away from benchtop junk unless you only use it 1 or 2 times.

It's OK. Snipe is moderate and expected.It does the job for me until I can upgrade.

Owned this for 5 years. Cut is very good, snipe is minimal if you use good technique and the cutter lock. The only gripe is you had to buy a dust/chip collector attachment to use your chip collector. The position of the attachment sometimes interferes with feeding boards through. Robust machine! Heavy, but portable enough to take to a job site.

I've been using this tool for about 5 years now. It has an acceptable amount of snipe, which could definitely be reduced. Other than that it's a great tool for the price.I recommend opting for the dust collection hood and hooking it up to a good DC. Otherwise you'll end up with a surface that has chip marks on it.




Have used this planer for 5/6 years and it does a fine job. Material thickness hasn't varied more than a couple of thousandths to either side of planned material. Works well on all species that I have ran through it. Knifes hold an edge well and have'nt had much trouble with snipe. Have yet to trip the breaker on planer motor during long duration planning sessions

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