I've looked at the new Dewalt 735 three-knife cutter-head planer, and
all the sales guys say it is really the thing to have. But a friend
has the 733, which is almost $200 cheaper. He says he has had almost
no snipe, and rarely needs to give the boards more than minor sanding.
I've used a planer maybe once in the past 20 years; if YOU were buying
a new one next week, and cost was somewhat of a factor, which would
you spring for if this were the one you were going to keep for the
next 10+ years? What are some of the significant performance
differences? Keep in mind I am buying the little Performax 10-20
sander too . . .
i've got the 733 and wish it would blow up so I could justify getting
the 735. The first time you change knives on the 733 you'll be kicking
yourself for not getting the 735. As competent as the 733 is, the 735
is a huge improvement over it, especially when it comes to maintenance.
Spread out of many years, the price difference is irrelevant.
if you care about "perfect" alignment, than, yes, it's a PITA. Even
using the alignment fixtures provided by DeWalt, if you recheck
alignment with a dial indicator you'll probably find that the fixtures
aren't all that wonderful for aligning the blades. I followed their
instructions and can say that the procedure exceeds my patience
quotient. I've seen the insides of the 735. It uses self indexing
blades. Again, I'm hoping my 733 takes a dump. :)
Anthony Diodati wrote:
to tell you the truth I don't like selling stuff. I usually throw
things out because I have no patience to field phone calls and spend
money an ad for something that might not sell. I've had varied success
with selling stuff in the newspaper and I'm not an E-bay kinda person.
I'm not much for garage sales either, as most folks want things for
next to nothing and again, I've not got the patience to sit around on a
summer day waiting to make a couple of bucks.
Mark Jerde wrote:
It all boils down to how attitude and how you move your fingers. I've
perfected a fake that has cameramen and photographers zeroing in on me when
the guitar player takes a ride ... really p*sses him off. ;>)
Besides, at my age the chicks are no longer an issue, so you gotta do
something for entertainment.
I remember seeing Chicago at Tanglewood, which is normally the summer
home of the Boston Pops, about 15 years ago. One of the spotlights
kept picking up the trombone player during trumpet solos. After about
five times, the trombone player put his horn down and pointed at the
trumpet player. <G>
Do you have DirecTV? If so have you caught Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on
the freeview yet? GREAT SHOW!
Nope, I'd love to see it though ... but I'll tell you who blew both me and
my 18 year old daughter away last night. I had an early gig, from 3 to 7, at
a big ole Texas dance hall and really wasn't up for more music, but I got
back just in time to see the Diana Krall Trio on the Ovation channel ... man
oh man, that is some of the hottest playing I've seen in years. The bass
player is absolutely a-w-e-s-o-m-e, as is everyone.
That said, I need to look into getting an industrial strength planer ...
these lunch boxes just aren't cutting it any more for me. I've got a project
coming up with a 7' X 4' X 2" table top, with 4" square legs and I'm
thinking of upgrading my Ridgid. Nothing against the Ridgid, as its does a
fine job on 3/4" stock, but for some reason I really have to struggle with
it on thicker material. I'll probably keep it. What's that they say - can't
have too many planers, right?
I agree that selling old stuff can be a pain in the butt, but I have found a
way that sorts out most of bottom feeders. I have access to the Microsoft
internal classified ads so advertise the item and ask for a small donation
to Habitat For Humanity. Last month I did it with a nice portable miter
stand. The guy was thrilled to get it and the charity got a check for $30.
I am going to do it again tomorrow with a 6" grinder that I no longer use.
Bob McBreen - Yarrow Point, WA
Unless your 733 has a problem or the alignment fixtures are cracked or
something - they do damn near a perfect job. But I understand when you say
that you get less than satisfactory readings using a dial indicator to check
I'll make an assumption that you are using that nice shiny base plate right
below the blades as the spot to place you dial indicator - right? If so,
then that is your problem - not the blade aligners.
Remove that base (one small screw in each corner) and then measure and I'll
bet you will find a world of difference! If the blades are higher at one
end than the other its probably not the blades that need alignment - it's
the whole upper mechanism. Remember that post I made several weeks ago (the
one you said in a moment of weakness - was a keeper)? Go to their site and
check out the alignment procedures.
I've had my 733 all apart recently just to clean, lube and align it and
after re-assembling everything and checking, the 10" wide board I tested was
the same thickness on each side after planing.
The only problem I've ever had aligning the blades was trying to use a
cracked alignment fixture - which I didn't notice but it sure misaligned the
blades alright... They sent me a replacement and it takes about 10 mins to
replace and re-align a set of blades.
A weak moment? Nah, that WAS a keeper! I've got it securely tucked away
in a Word document.
Anywho, I've already done the chain adjustment thingy. It worked well
to adjust for a slightly cocked cutter head. The trouble I have is
getting new blades both set to exactly the same height, even when using
those plastic/magnetic fixtures. Their positions vary a bit when I
place them on the cutter head. Maybe I'm missing something, but I
fooled around with them and found that while they get the blades in the
ballpark, I still need to recheck with a dial indicator. But then again
I'm fussy about anything that needs to be at right angles or flat, or even.
Bob S. wrote:
Just got back from Woodcraft, where I learned the 734 has the same
cutting system as the 735, but lacks the dual speed feed (which the
magazine review on display says isn't needed anyways as the regular
speed yields great results). Also missing is the little fan that
helps control dust/chips. Might you consider saving $100 with the
734? I do agree the 733 blades would likely irritate me at some
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