I had never used a planer before this, but I bought the Dewalt 735. I don't
have any problems with it. It puts a real nice surface on a board even at
the dimensioning speed. I've never had to use the finishing speed. It's
pretty heavy compared to the others, but other than that, I have no
No, not yet. From what I read in the manual and elsewhere, the 735 uses
reversible, non-resharpenable disposable blades. They have no degree of
"adjustment" as in other machines. Therefore, you remove them, flip over to
the new edge, reinstall them or replace with new blades and you are all set!
They are set and aligned simply by installing them. A combination hex
wrench & magnetic removal/insertion tool is included. It stores in a
convenient location on top of the machine. Good idea as I have had to
search the shop more than once for some seldom used servicing tool in the
past. (Yes, I have one of _those_ shops) Some have debated the use of
disposable blades as they cannot be sharpened. If I don't have to go
through the "trial and error" of adjusting blade height or buying special
gauges etc. to use when replacing blades, then I consider the use of
disposable blades a good deal. I hate to change blades too and if this is
all there is to changing them on the 735, I will be real happy. I do
understand those who enjoy the challenge of mastering removing, resharpening
and realigning blades. If that makes them happy, good for them. But I find
no thrill or satisfaction in having conflict with the tools (or people) I
work with. I don't do production work so if I have to make a few more
passes at more shallow depth-of-cut to prolong blade life, fine. As yet, I
have not used the 735 on dirty wood or wood from old pallets with hidden
nails but may in the future. When I do replace the blades, I intend to keep
the old set and use it on rough wood prone to nicking blades.
I researched this extensively recently and decided on the Delta 22-580 mainly
because it is much cheaper than the DeWalt 735. This may be less of a factor
now that the Delta $50 rebate offer has expired though. Lots of people have had
very good things to say about the Delta 22-580 and also the DeWalt 733 and 735,
so it's probably just a matter of how much you want to spend. Also, it may be
somewhat difficult to find the DeWalt 733 these days. For your reference, I
believe the cheapest place you can get the Delta 22-580 right how is through
Woodworker's Supply. If you're a new customer you get a 10% discount on top of
that. Their shipping charge is surprisingly low for such a big and heavy item.
There's been several threads lately on planers. One I started myself - DAGS
to find them.
I just bought a Ridgid from HD - $299, regularly $399. I did research, and
was leaning from DW 735, to 734, to a used 733 available here locally
(except they wanted $400 for it - no way!!). One of the recent threads
talks about problems with the sprokets on the DW735 breaking. The major
complaint on the DW 733 seemed to be the difficulty of changing knives,
which they appearantly corrected on the 734 & 735. This stuff, and the
price kind of lead me to decide to buy the Delta 22-580.
I found an older article on a GS that rated the Delta #1, and especially
mentioned how quiet it was (as did someone else on the reply to your post).
Also, low snipe, etc. They have them at Lowes here, but price is around
$450. I was ready to buy it, when I was trolling through HD (for the
expected Bessy K body clamp sale!), and saw the Ridgid marked down. I went
back home, and found the article that rated the Delta #1, and found that the
Ridgid was rated #2. Same good comments, including low snipe. That and the
whopping price difference made the choice easy for me. Back to HD, and
bought the Ridgid (TP 1300).
The Ridgid came with the stand, extra set of knives, and dust collector
attachment. Pretty good deal - I think that stuff is extra on the Delta. I
set up the stand last night, but didn't have time to get the machine
working. I'll post my results when I get it going - maybe this weekend!!
:-) I can hardley wait -
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