Any DW 734 Planer comments?

Hi Gang,     I read very few complaints about the Dewalt DW734 planer, but most of them seemed to be quality control errors. A stripped bolt, dull blades etc.     Has anyone on the wreck had any experience with this planer? I should get it in a week or two, what should I look for when I unpack it?
This is a fantastic resource for the newer wood workers! Thanks in advance.
Andy
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Andy,
I have that same planer, have been using it for almost three years now and not one single problem, havent even had to have it tuned up yet. I bet I have changed the blades four or five times and run well over 1000 bf of lumber through it. Has been a very good tool for the price, though it hasnt taken me long to outgrow it. As soon as i get the $$$ will be buying 20in Grizzly to match the rest of my shop. Good luck, I think you'll be satisfied. As a recommendation....never buy your blades from the retailers they'll cost you $50 a set. I watch for em on Ebay, and usually score them for around $20 Good luck
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snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Great tip! Thanks This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I think it'll be quite a while before I go to a 20" WOW!
thanks again!
Andy
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Andy H wrote:

I have the 733 which I think is the earlier 2 blade version of the same machine. It's done me good but two comments. This is by far the noisiest machine I own. It drowns out the screaming banshee so GOOD ear protection is a must. Second, if you are planing boards wider than about 2 1/2" then you need a good 4" hose into your dust collector. I put a reducer on mine so I could use my shop vac for dust collection and that reducer clogs in the first couple of seconds.
Ok, three comments. You hear a lot about snipe on planers. All planers. I rarely have snipe. All I do is support the wood coming out of the planer so that the weight of the board is supported to keep it form "hanging" off the end of the tables. On longer pieces you can even lift the board SLIGHTLY.
But notice that I said I RARELY have snipe. Still a good ideer to have extra material just in case.
Wayne
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I have to disagree with the other comments. This machine is at best a toy.
I finally had to replace my old delta 12" planer after 12 years of heavy use, it finally dies. The DW 734 was supposedly the "best" 12" planer on the market, so I picked on up. It absolutely sucks. here's my experience so far (I've had it for a couple of years now)
out of the box - missing parts, customer service very time consuming, and required multiple calls to get the missing parts sent. Had three separate promises to ship parts, they weren't actually shipped until the third time (took over a month to get the missing parts)
basic adjustment was OK out of the box, but not great. spend a couple hours tuning it up, and it is a lot better.
snipe, DC hook up etc are about the same as anything else I've used in the 12" size range.
blades dull almost instantly, are very expensive to replace. don't bother trying to work with anything with figure, and if you are working hardwoods, expect to replace blades almost daily.
lacks power - a decent drum sander will remove stock faster than this will - especially on wide boards. If you make a habit of working on anything over 6" wide, expect to take truly miniscule cuts. Even with that, expect it to overheat and stall on a regular basis. I typically take cuts at about 1/128 (according the scale on the dial). In hard maple, 8" wide, I can get through about 4 1/2 feet of stock before it stalls.
If you actually hook up to a permanent dust collector system, changing blades is a PITA becaus of the way the chute is designed.
Loud does not even begin to describe this machine.
This thing is so crappy that I actually prefer to use my drum sander for flattening and thicknessing. I save the planer for dealing with pine and other softwoods that would gum up the sander.
If you are looking for something to occasionally run a small board through, it may be OK. For any real use, its simply a waste of money, time and space.

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jd wrote:

Wow. About all I can say to that is you got a lemon. I have had no problems like you describe except the noise with my 733.
Wayne
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NoOne N Particular wrote:

Same here.
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I've got one. I had no missing parts. It comes almost fully assembled. Very strange.

Mine was excellent, but it's now in need of a tune. Definitely doesn't hold as well as a bigger planer.

I've got the in/outfeed tables and get almost none ever.

Yeah, the blades are definitely pricey. You'll want to go to eBay for sure. I'm up in the air as to how fast they dull. It seems too quick relative to other planers I've used. What's weird is that I use Esta (Dispoz-a-blade) knives all the time and they are really, really good. And these appear to be identical. Perhaps they use cheaper steel, or they don't hone to as high a grit. That said, I think I'd have to be really pushing some stock through to have to change the blades daily. This isn't a production level machine.

That's not my experience. I've run a lot of maple through mine, as well as beech, birch and even jarrah and karri wood. You can't hog off material, but I routinely take off close to a 32nd a pass.

Feh.
Oh yeah - it's really, SCREAMINGLY loud! Put in some plugs and then put on your earmuffs for sure.

Space? It's like 18" square! Now weight - that's a different story. This thing is definitely dense, so you don't want to be lugging it around too much.
JP
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