Well, thank you for all the feedback. I think I will purchase the DW735 as
it seems vastly superior to this "deal" I thought I had. Perhaps someone
locally has need of a decent 13" dimensioning planer for construction work.
It really is good for what it is capable of doing. I should be able to
recoop the 150 bucks.
I did a little calculating....
8000 rpm x 2 blades
--------------------- = 58 cpi
23 fpm x 12 in
The DW735 boasts 96 or 179 cpi, nearly twice the cuts per inch in
dimensioning mode. 3 times as many in finish mode. I can't argue with the
math. When I purchased the Craftsman I new it was a good deal @ 158
bucks...but had little experience at the time with planers, now that I have
the need to process hard maple, the inadequacies of the lesser machine are