Pros: Absolutely smooth surface cuts and very easy depth adjustment.
Cons: Under-powered, doesn't feed properly , a good deal at half the price.
I bought this planer after working a model 733 HARD for about 5 years. I have always been impressed with the thoughtful features of the DeWalt medium weight tools and was looking forward to the same quality as the DW733 with the additional smoothness of a three-cutter head. I'm sorry to pronounce this tool a big step backward from the DW733.
The machine was accurate and tracked level out-of-the-box. No alignment or adjusting was necessary. Unfortunately, the folks at DeWalt either don't test these tools in a "real life" environment or have testers whose standards are far too lax. The motor is woefully under-powered. I've also had the same poor feed experiences other reviewers reported. In my custom furniture business I often have to do small runs surfacing rough sawn hardwood stock. I've run 6/4 maple and 6/4 walnut through this surfacer and it was unable to feed consistently in both cases. I had to manually "assist" the stock through, even with shallow cuts. Additionally, the motor speed drops alarmingly at the start of cut and never substantially recovers.
On the plus side the surface quality is excellent at both speeds. I cannot fault the quality of the surface cut. But it is disappointing to discover that it is a semi-manual feed tool with the added excitement of wondering when the overloaded motor will give up the fight. Add to this the inexcusably bad repair centers and customer service system that DeWalt has evolved and you have the formula for a very bad tool experience.
I have many DeWalt tools and have found there is no consistency in quality from one tool to another. Some of the tools are amoung the best in their class and others are absolutely hopeless. Unfortunately, this surfacer, for the money, is in the hopeless catagory. I concur with an earlier reviewer; save your money and look to a different planer.