Dewalt DW735 Planer (28877349046) Reviews
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Dewalt DW735 Planer (28877349046)

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DeWalt 13" portable planer

Aug 25, 2010 (Updated Mar 30, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Smoothe running. Ease to use and set up. Well built. Good price.

Cons:Wide and hardwood boards tend to skew as the feed rollers are soft.

The Bottom Line: Great for small to medimum shops. Works very well and is easy to set up and use. Very safe when used according to instructions and safety procedures.


I have had my planer for two years now an am very happy with it's operation. It weighs 92 lbs. 42 Kg. so if you plan to use it in a small shop and need to use it on a bench top it is a good idea to be able to slide it to a position out of the way and not have to lift it into storage. The unit has three knives and the cutting head spindle shows no signs of flexing.  10,000 RPM no load speed seems plenty good. The knives are easy to change and the tool to do it is in it's own pocket on top of the unit. The planer has an internal blower for chip ejection which works very well. My exaust tube has a dip and is six feet from to the duct leading to the collection bin and I have had no trouble with clogging. I have used my unit for Oak. Black Walnut, Poplar, Cherry and Pine with no trouble. There is a guage on the feed side of the machine just above the feed etrance that shows the thickness of the cut being made and the recomended thickness of cuts for various widths of boards being fed into the machine. Very handy. This model machine has two speeds, 96 cuts per inch for quick material removal and 179 cuts per inch for a more finished surface. Also very handy. The feed speeds are 14 ft per min. and 26 ft. per min. There is an automatic turret stop for setting the minimum thickness the planer will cut that I found very easy to set up and use. I installed the optional in-feed and out-feed tables. They adjust well and easily and are made of stainless steel. I have had no trouble with the brushes on the motor but the instruction manuel shows and describes how to change them if needed. Very good on/off switch on the feed side of the machine with a circuit breaker next to it.The calibrating depth adjustment scale is easy to read and near the depth adjustment handle. The adjustment handle is a good size and I found it easy to use. As mentioned at the begining the planer is heavy but the two handles make it easy to lift but it should be remembered that it takes two people to lift it. Maximum thickness is 6 inches, minimum thickness is 1/8 inch. Maximim width is 13 inches. The maximum recomended planing depth per cut is 1/8 inch (for boards 6 inches or less). On this you have to use the planer and find what is the best depth of cut for the material you are planing. I tell by the sound of the motor and the sound of the knives when the are cutting. You can tell if the machine is trying to cut to much. I usually make a quarter turn of the handle for most jobs. A little less for very hard woods. In the two years I have had my unit I have not had to replace the knives. My shop is small and I do not do any production work but it has performed well and I would recomend this for any small to medimum size shop. Great for home use. The power cord is a good length. While this planer is a very good value and excellent for home shop use I must say here that the feed rollers have a tendency to skew on wide boards and even some on hard woods six inches or more. The feed rollers are covered with rubber so they are not positive feed and on some hard woods you must help the feed by gently pushing or pulling. This can be corrected by keeping your hand on the board as it feeds to keep it straight. Also there is a real problem in that the wood will get a feed and exit gouge as the feed roller and the exit roller don't keep the board completly flat in the machine. This can be helped by keeping some upward preasure on the material as it feeds for the first four inches and as it ends it's cut for the last four inches. This may not completly remove the gouge cut at the ends of your work so it is advisable to cut your work long before planing and cut off the ends of the stock when done. Some trial is suggested so that you can learn how much preasure to use on different types of material byt I have found that one can reduce the amount of end gouge until it is acceptable and can be sanded out later. 
   


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