I'm in the market for a thickness planer and am considering the dw734
and the dw 735. There's a DeWalt rebate on the 734 of 50 dollars and
none on the 735, making the price difference ~150 bucks. The only
major difference I can see in reading the specs is the 735 offers a
second, faster, cutting speed.
Can anyone tell me if this speed is nec.? Or can I save my $$?
Thanks in advance!
IF you were going to buy a stationary planer the 2 speeds is almost a must.
For portable planers 2 speeds is basically a sales gimmick. The portables
feed wood slow enough on the fast speed.
Some believe that the finish is better on the slow speed and that is true
but you still should sand, hand plane, or scrape the surface before applying
a finish. Typically knives on these planers develop nicks in a short period
of time which totally makes using the slow finish speed a moot point.
IMO the slower speed is unnecessary; it cuts just fine at the faster
speed. One feature of the 735 I appreciate is the easy blade changes.
Hope you don't have any sprocket problems if you get one.
I really appreciate all the quick responses, but....
The faster speed is what's sacrificed w/ the less expensive model. By
your logic, David and Leon, I'll need the 735.
Igor, I've looked through some of the planer threads but haven't found
any discussion on what users thought about the two speeds of the 735
and the one speed of the 734 (slow only.)
Forgive my stupidity (really, I'm just starting to dabble in
woodworking) and again, I really appreciate the feedback.
My pleasure, Brian. The 735 has nice features, for sure. Having said
that, keep in mind that the fast speed (same as the cheaper unit) cuts
well enough that sanding should obscure the minute differences in
surface quality you'll see between speeds. Think of it as gilding the
lily, so to speak, to plane wood at the slower/finer speed available on
the 735. It's an impressive unit.
Depends on what kind of wood you plan to use. I have a single speed
planer and every time I have a highly figured piece of wood I wish I
could slow the feed speed down to half - even with new knives in it.
It is very hard to prevent tear out even when taking very shallow
cuts. Finish isn't the issue, you can always sand. Tear outs are
tougher to deal with...
If you're only going to run wood that doesn't have grain reversals
then two speeds would be a waste of money.
FYI: Amazon.com has it for 399 and they're also discounting an
additional $25 for purchases over $199. Also free shipping and no tax
(at least here in NC.) Amazon has the 734 for 303 minus the same $25
and no tax/shipping, but DeWalt has a $50 rebate on the 734, making the
effective difference in price huge (374 vs 228)
I have the 734 and have no regrets. It's a fine planer.
In my opinion the two speed feature is of little benefit. You will end
up scraping/sanding anyway. I wonder if it might be tempting to have
two speeds when planing figured woods (perhaps to minimize tearout?),
but then again even on my 734 I can adequately surface even the most
figured of woods (birdseye and curly) when the knives are sharp, the
wood surface is dampened, and the cut is light.
I had occasion to try out the 735 in a demo at one of the Borg stores
(on pine only). The main difference that I noticed is that it seemed
to be a *lot* quieter than my 734 (my 734 is easily my loudest shop
tool). Also, the chip clearing on the 735 is better (not critical if
you have a dust collector), and the vertical travel mechanism seems
superior on the 735. The head lock on the 735 is apparently automatic,
whereas it is manual (and a real knucklebanger) on the 734. The speed
change knob was a little finicky on the 735 I tried, and it seemed to
jam if you tried to change speeds when the motor was off (of course
that's not a problem if you bother to read the label by the switch ;-P
Being budget conscious I would probably choose the 734. But the 735
does have some nice features, and if I weren't on a budget then I'd
choose the 735.
Hope that helps.
Geesh - look at all the replies... "Yes!", "No!"...
I have the 735 with a decent amount of BF on the knives.
Every now and then I am glad I have the slower speed.
Every now and then it makes a difference to me.
Your mileage may...
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