For those of you thinking about purchasing this planer, DON'T! I purchased
this planer in the hopes that it would be a good compromise between the 12 1/2"
planer which I have and the 15 inch planer I don't have the space for. I have
had tear out and snipe on every pass. The snipe exceeded that of my old DeWalt
12 1/2" planer in depth and length from the end of the board. On thin boards
1/8"-1/4" the board gets pulled toward the cutter head creating deep gouges in
the wood. As I was giving the yellow beast one more chance to prove itself, I
noticed that the hand wheel moves as the planer vibrates buy as much as a half
turn. That is a 32nd of an inch, enough to make fitting joints later a real
challenge. Before I am inundated with advise emails, I know all the little
tricks for getting better results. I am really disappointed with this product
from a company that I have been generally pleased with.
I have this planer and it's been great. This is the first bad review I've
seen for the 735 - it's gotten nothing but praise. I think you have a
defective machine. Go and exchange it and give us an update.
While I don't doubt what you've written about your 735, mine has performed
nothing like the one described in the subject review. I've never
experienced any snipe to speak of, nor does my planer vibrate or move out of
adjustment while operating. The handwheel, while easy to rotated, remains
as adjusted until one turns it by hand.
I would suggest that you return it for another or have it repaired under
warranty. I am no expert on planers (of any size), but I am most impressed
at how mine makes rough boards smooth and flat. For example, to have
inexpensive wood for practicing dove-tail joinery, I recently ran a few
boards from old packing crates (remaining from my many overseas moves) and
the results were great.
Good luck on getting a replacement that works.
For god's sakes, man RUN, don't walk back to the dealer and ask for an
exchange! I've seen that thing with my own eyes, and inspected planed
boards and there has been NO snipe at all! You've got something
seriously wrong with yours if everything that you've mentioned is true.
At the very least call tech support and see if you there is a simple
solution; otherwise get a replacement and stop whining about it.
On 14 Dec 2003 19:32:40 GMT, email@example.com (BRFordJr) wrote:
The local store guys I talked to all said they preferred the 733 over
the 735, which is not a great way to sell them.
I had heard good things overall, except for the salespeople, until
your post. This will be interesting as more of them reach end users.
That's one reason why I was interested in a retrofit.
The four sales people stated that they unanimously thought the 733
left a better surface than the 734 and 735, due to the 733 having
higher quality, resharpenable knives, vs. the throw away knives on the
I've never compared the two myself, and these guys had no 733's left
to sell, with both of the newer units in stock and available for sale.
It could be all baloney, but there could be something to it as well.
Only those who have used both side by side would know.
I've seen the output from a 735. It is every bit as good, if not better
than from a 733. I've got a 733 and it does a fine job, but the 735
ALSO leaves a superb finish. Don't forget, I'm that PICKY guy who has a
very low opinion of Delta 1 1/5 HP band saws. If it isn't close to
perfect, I don't like it! :)
B a r r y B u r k e J r . wrote:
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