I've been looking at planers for some time. Recently my object of lust
has been the DW 735 - less for the 2 speed function than for all the
other nice stuff about it. As usual I have been looking to see if I
can find a great deal that I can persuade my wife to let me buy. In
the process I have discovered something - *no one* has it on any kind
of discount. It is $499 everywhere I have looked, either retail at a
local store or online. I guess it is so much in demand that list price
is the selling price. I did find a factory reconditioned one for $399,
so I may try to jump that way. All I need to do now is convince her
that it is OK for me to sell the guitar she bought me for my last
birthday and turn it into a planer. Wish me luck.
Noticed the same thing about that planer. Nobody is offering any
specials. Even used on Ebay, and there are not going for a huge
discount over new.
I did however think this was worth sharing.
One person was offering these on Ebay indicating they purchased them on
some kind of closeout sale. I placed a bid and a day or so later
received an e-mail from someone indicating the seller was scamming
people. Within a day the items (this seller listed a few) were removed
by Ebay. Guess the message is be careful. It seems some of the Ebay
scammers are using this particular item as bait.
I shopped price on one for a long time and I agree w/ your observation.
That being said, there were some sales at xmas and I snagged one for quite
a bit less at Amazon. Just a few days later the price went back up to
$499. Had the price not dropped, having read many reviews here and
elsewhere, I may have gotten the 734 DW planer and probably been happy with
it. BTW, Toolking has them reconditioned for $305, incl shipping.
Toolking also has a refurb 735 at $400, and I think it has full warranty.
HTH. -- Igor
Toolking is the place I found the refurb for $399. They also only list
$6.99 for shipping, which seems odd for a 100 lb item, but....
Oregon has no sales tax, but here in the center I'm pretty much
limited to the borgs and a bunch of places that tend to run
significantly more expensive, so if I can mail order something like
that with a reasonable shipping cost it works out well.
The typical 2 speed, 2 blade planers I would agree, but with the DW735,
the number of cuts and speeds are significantly different, not to
mention the 3 knives. The results I have seen from other "inexpensive"
planers don't come close to the DW735.
Well I agree it looks nice and does a nice job but after you have some hours
on the knives or one gets the inevitable nick all that smoothness goes down
the drain as you are going to have to scrape and or sand.
I think it's a lot less than the likelihood that snipe can be avoided
Scraping and/or sanding is not that big a deal. And there are always grain
reversals to which one must attend.
Production speeds? Drum and/or wide belt sander for the final passes.
Pretty likely actually that the paths will cross and at some point the high
spot will be missed again as the two paths cross. Still you have missed my
point. Planing with a planer is not a finish job. It is intended to take
the wood down to a desired thickness. If you are sending the wood through
again to try to eliminate high spots caused by a nick, you are wasting time.
You have to sand or scrape the board surface anyway why run it through the
Large stationary planers Need 2 speeds. The fast speed is much faster than
a portable planer's fast speed and the surface it leaves is totally
unsatisfactory. The slower speeds on the stationary planers is smoother and
takes most the scallops out left by the high speed pass. For portable
planers the fast speed is slow enough to prepare a surface for scraping or
sanding. The slow speed may save you a little scraping or sanding time but
after the blades develop nicks the finish out of the planer is going to
look pretty much like any other planer. The nice smooth surface out of the
2 speed planers lasts as long as the knives are cutting perfectly.
I have had a DW734 for a couple of years and have been very happy with it. I
wished I had waited for the DW735 until I started hearing others say the 2
speed was of little benefit. Being able to resharpen blades was one
consideration when I bought the DW734 also.
I dunno who's saying that the two speeds are of little benefit, but I'd guess
it's mostly people who don't own DW735s. I've had one for over a year, and I
see a *tremendous* benefit.
Of course, I don't go hogging 1/8" off in a single pass, either...
And the blades on the 735 *are* resharpenable, if you have a light touch.
After 15 months or so, and many hundreds of board feet, I'm still on the
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
The messages may be in the archives. Some comments from people who DO have
them have been that one speed is slow and the other slower and after the
first few passes, little difference in cut is noticeable.
My first message said I wished I had waited for a DW735 but DW734 has been
very satisfactory. DW725 blades are referred to as "disposable" as I guess
any blade is but the DW724 blades are intended for resharpening.
Mine are too. As a 735 owner, the slower speed has saved my bacon a coupl'a
times. Maybe knowledge or technique wulda/culda done the same. Dunno. Ran
some Lacewood thru it the other day down to 1/4". Nary a hint of tearout or
And for the comment about it not being a finish planer - the finish on my
stuff (albeit with pretty new blades) is amazing.
Unless they meant Finnish planer, then I'd have to agree.
IMHO it's no gimmick at all. I bought one last summer ($475 at -gag-
I immediately ran 80 bf of 4/4 cypress through it that I wanted to build a
bench with. Since then I've run some pretty raw oak and walnut through it,
both speeds... it put an almost glass-like finish on the walnut.
It's pretty much left me drooling when I've used it. Thanks be to an
wife and living 2.5 hrs from Steve Wall Lumber. My only complaint is the
levels... I usually run it on my carport and if my neighbors had bomb
all be diving into them when it revs up.
The second finishing speed is truely amazingly smooth. You CAN sand
directly with 220 after planing and be done.
I've not knicked my knives, yet, but if I recall they can be turned,
and it is likely can can slide one knife a bit one way or another to
smooth out the ridge. There is no rule that says you have to turn all
the knives at once.
The blower out blows the sucking of my shop vac.
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