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Product Description

Sometimes, half an inch makes all the difference. But that's not the only reason to step up to the 735. Its powerful 10,000 rpm motor will handle anything you feed it--oak, walnut, exotics--with absolute ease. The three-knife cutterhead will make 96 or 179 cuts per inch, depending on which speed setting you choose. Mess is minimized with the fan-assisted chip ejection, which literally vacuums chips off the cutter-head and blows them out the exhaust. The 735's automatic carriage lock will save you from snipe by reducing the movement that causes it--what a great idea. We also love the redesigned thickness scale--it's big and super-visible, even in poor lighting. Those who do repetitive cuts will appreciate the turret depth-stop; set your most-used cuts to it once and you're always assured of accuracy. The home woodworker will be thrilled, and the professional's expectations will be more than met. This is a winner.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste
Product Description
For squaring up rough lumber, reducing board size, and smoothing surfaces. 3 knife cutter-head. 2-speed gear box to change feed speed to optimize cuts per inch at 96 or 179 CPI. Fan-assisted chip ejection vacuums chips off of the cutter-head and exhausts them out of the machine. 19-3/4" cast aluminum base. Automatic carriage lock reduces the movement that causes snipe without the need for manual engagement by the user. Accepts 1/8" thru 6" thick stock. 15A, 10,000 RPM. Weight: 92 lb.

Product Reviews

Great planer, September 15, 2003
Reviewer: "mjtripper"
This is the first planer I have ever owned or used so I don't have anything for comparison but I like it so far. Out of the box you attach the hand crank and the dust attachment and you are ready to go. There are two dust attachments one to attach a 4" hose and another (diffuser maybe?) for no hose attachment. The directions are pretty well written and easy to follow. All the adjustments and work on the unit can be done with the one included tool that drops into a holder on the top. All the controls work great and are easy to operate.
First let me say again this is the first time I have ever used a planer so a lot (okay, probably all :) of the snipe I got was user error. The more boards I put through the less snipe I got. It took a little playing around with and reading to learn the correct technique for moving stock through so I did get snipe on the first bunch of passes on stock, more frequently on the end of the boards then on the front. Most of what I put through was between 3 and 6 inches wide and 2-5 feet long. I did put a couple wider ones in just to see how it handled it. On a 14in long 11in wide hard maple glue up I took off 1/16th per pass and got no snipe or tearout. Then I put through a 10in wide 4ft long oak board and did get snipe on the end but not the start. I still think it's technique because it didn't do it on every pass and when taking off 1/32 I didn't get it at all. The folding tables aren't out yet, but they will probably help even more. I'm pretty convinced once I get the proper technique down I won't get snipe anymore. I'm getting more and more snipe free boards.

I can't say anything bad about the surfaces. I have had zero tearout and ultra smooth surfaces on everything I have put in no matter what I do. The most I have taken off is an 1/8in while only taking 1/32in on the longer boards. Most of the time I had it set to 1/16in. Probably 50% at 1/16, 30% at 1/8, and 20% at 1/32. I put through a pretty good mix of pine, red oak, hard maple, and ash with most of it being red oak.

The crank turns easily and each turn is 1/16in. The depth stop is easy to set and is for 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 1 1/4. The removal scale is pretty nice as well, you put the end of the board just under the edge and turn the crank. A little pointer moves on a scale to tell you how much will be taken off. It has a little chart built in showing the max that can taken off based on board width, which is nice for me because I didn't know. The thickness scale is pretty big, easy to read, and easy to set. I only ran it with my dust collector hooked up to the 4" port, but it grabbed everything. After running all the wood through, probably about 4 hours total use, there where 3 little wood chips beside the bed and that's all - the dust collector had the rest. The thing I don't like about it is the dust attachment is right in the center above the outfeed so unless you angle the hose away to the side with an elbow or suspend it somehow it gets in the way of the stock coming out. But so far that is my only gripe. This thing is really loud but I expected that, it's the loudest tool I have. All the scales and settings where dead on right out of the box. I do wish the folding tables came bundled. Overall I'm one happy camper.

Okay, I finally got the folding tables. They are very easy to assemble and align. Each corner of each table can be adjusted for height. The attachment points are spring loaded so they are also easy to take off and put back on. They do help in supporting the work and seem very solid. The front table folds up out of the way and stays there. The rear table however is another story. Because the main table and the back of the moter/blade assembly are pretty much even and the pin to hold the table is set back the rear table will never fold up and stay. When the depth of cut is set around an inch and the cord is wrapped around the cord holder the rear table won't flip up more then around 20 degrees. In my opinion this is a major design flaw, the main table needs to stick out at the rear by at least an inch or two to allow the table to fold up. 

The reviews were right, this is a good planer, October 31, 2003
Reviewer: A. Morgan (Kennesaw,
My only two complaints are 1) the knives don't seem to last very long and replacements are farily expensive for how long they last. I ran about25 feed of soft maple through the planer and it looked great, but then I started seeing little ridges on the boards. I took the blades out and looked at them to see if they are chipped, but they looked fine. Reinstalled them and tried again, same results. I turned the blades over (they are two sided which is nice) and every thing looked great again. This time I was very careful to make sure there wasn't anything on the wood that could cause a problem, but again after 20-30 feet fo board, the little ridges started showing up again. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to afford new blades every 30 feet of boards. 2) The output chute is slightly undersized for the 2 1/2 inch hose on my shop vac. The manual doesn't recommend using a shop vac because it fills up so fast, but that's all I have and I'd rather empty it more often than have chips all over the floor. I ended up breaking one of my hoses and jaming it into the output chute and it worked fine, but it would have been better if it had just fit right from the beginning. Not too big of a deal because I don't use the planer that much and I'm planning to upgrade to a dust collection system soon.
By the way, changing the blades is as simple as it could be. Everything is accessable and the supplied tool even has a magnet in the handle to pick up the blade so you don't get cut. Nice touch.

no hype just facts, March 15, 2006
Reviewer: John Polta

Love the planer, hate the blades -- may cause a return of the machine. The first board (soft maple)through the machine came out with ridges -- obviously nicked blades. An offset to one blade took care of the ridges and everything was perfect. No snipe (in/out feed tables attached), fine finish, good feed. Planed 4 4/4"x8"x100" soft maple to 7/8" with no problem. Next morning called dewalt and asked about the nicks. They immediately sent out new blades. Following day planed more soft maple. After 2 boards, the feed misbehaved (so I'm thinking -- blades can't possible be dull already, right?). Wrong. The next board wouldn't feed at all after halfway in (1/32" cut depth). I yanked it out only to find burn marks. Okay I'm thinking bad blades due to the nicks and I reverse them. Going perfect again, but on the 7th board the problem repeats -- blades completely dull. I resharpened and get another 6 boards out. Clearly this lot of blades must be bad. I call dewalt and they are very nice, claiming that this is unusual and ship out another set of blades. By now I have the first set of replacement blades and they are in and so far I have passed the approximately 200 linear foot mark that wiped out the edges on the old blades. I emailed dewalt and got the following prompt, courteous response:
"Hello John, and thanks for using DEWALT's on-line support.
You should get around 6,000 to 9000 linear feet out of a set of knives, if that helps you figure what you may be getting. A lot of things can affect blade life. Depth of cut, width of cut, wood type or hardness, moisture content, knots, burl, cup, warp etc. all can affect the life of your blades.
We do have the 90 day return policy if you are not completely satisfied. Hope that answers your questions."

There is a disconnect somewhere -- I got a total of 400 linear feet out of one set of blades, a factor of >10!

I have also purchased 3rd party blades from Infinity Cutting Tools. They claim harder HSS (probably more Tungsten then M2 Steel). They also aver that the problem with the blades is that they are only 1/16" thick. They will not make the blades thicker because they stick to whatever the original manufacturer designs -- this rules out carbid tipped blades as they need 1/8" thickness. The fact that Infinity makes these blades points to someone at Infinity recognizing a market for people disappointed with the dewalt blades and they get a premium.

The jury is still out for me. The clock is ticking on my 90 day return window and I have another 200 bd ft of soft maple to plane. I'll try to report back. Approach a purchase of this machine with caution.

Poor blades bad roller function, March 7, 2006
Reviewer: James P. Pinette

My Second Planer. Very disappointed with the roller not strong enough to pull lumber through. I have to pull and tug. Qaulity of blades extremely poor and costly to replace. Dewalt hear this! My last Dewalt tool if you don't find some way to rectify this poor performing tool. My problem for now is that I have to live with this as I can't afford another for a while. Not very good testimony to Dewalt quality and support.

Can you rate an item less than 1 star? Do not buy this thing!, March 6, 2006
Reviewer: Neal Shumway

Basically I should have read the reviews before getting this. If I could give this thing 0 stars I would. I replaced an older dewalt planer with the 735 and thought it was a good price for the features. Well, I have planed about 30 board feet of 4/4 cherry and if your boards aren't perfectly flat to begin with you are done. I don't mean twisted and warped, I mean 1/8th of inconsistency and you are done. Instead of bogging down the motor, the planer catches it and it kills the rollers. Have that happen a couple times and you will wish the thing bursts into flames. I'm sure I will be told I am using it wrong but I know that is not the case. I have been very patient with the thing but now I have given up. Going to get a new planer, not Dewalt.

Bad Machines;Bad Customer Service, February 23, 2006
Reviewer: Rick Savage
When I contacted the Dewalt Service Center about my feed/blade problems, the manager in so many words called me a liar. I told him to take a look at the review page at Amazon.com and he would see that I wasn't the only person having the problem. Apparently he did so and in a few days called me and said to bring my planer in. He took my old one and they shipped me a new machine. It's not any better. I am disappointed with my machine and will be replacing it soon. I shouldn't have to "push" or "pull" my stock and replace my blades so often. The planer should have the power to do it, like my old Makita. I sure wish I had it back. With so many complaints of the same kind, you would think a company like Dewalt would do something to fix the problems.

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