I have been renting a house for a while and in an apartment for the
last year and my tools have been packed up in storage. In another week
I am closing on a house and finally get to set my shop back up. I used
to have a DW734 and hated it. Too much snipe and just never felt good
about it.....so I sold it, and now I need to replace it. I've been
looking at the DW735 and have heard great things about it. Was
recently looking at reviews and almost everyone complained about the
noise level. Some said that even with hearing protection it was too
With that said, I'd like to hear some feedback from people using the
DW735 and what they think of the noise level. I live alone so I'm only
worried about my ears, not bothering anyone else. I'd be particularly
interested in hearing from people who have the DW735 but have used
other planers to get a comparison.
I have also heard that switching between speeds is a bit tricky so any
thoughts on that?
And as a last request, if anyone is happy with their planer (non-
DW735) and think they get high quality results, please let me know. I
was considering the Delta as an alternative.
I have the Ridgid 4330, and I get *fantastic* results, but ....
The DW735 is the sweetheart of the benchtop planers. If need be,
stick foam ear plugs IN your ears, and then ear muffs ON your ears.
I can't see it being much louder than other planers with universal motors.
The more common complaint I've heard is that the knives dull quickly. I
recently bought a stationary planer with carbide cutterhead. Much
quieter than my old benchtop and less tearout.
Hmm, haven't heard of either brand but did look at the Jet (just now).
Have you done any adjustment with the bed rollers and how is that
working out? That is my biggest grip withthese mid range planers. They
could be such better machines with better bed roll adjustment
What most of these units have is an ecentric busing at each end with a
set screw. This means you have to get down inside the machine and go
back and forth until you finally get it set evenly at the desired
height. This does in theory make it possible to set them exactly as
you want. The problems being:
- Making a quick adjustment is not really possible
- Once you set them at a given place you usually create a detent in
the bushing so it always wants to settel back to that location of you
Yes, setting them a few thou above the table is the correct setting if
you have fairly smooth wood. However, for rougher stock you want to
bump it up to like 10 thou for smooth feeding (at the cost of extra
snipe). This is just not possible with this type of setting. High end
planer have a fine adjustment hand wheel on the front of the unit and
it makes this a breeze. The only folks that have this feature on a
smaller planer that I have seen is Woodtek (woodworkers supply?) on
their 20" for like $2 or $3k I think.
Just my pet peeve. I did see tha the Steel City folks added a little
wing on the end of the shaft of the bed rollers that makes it real
easy to dial in the height but they have the same set screw to busing
lock down mech.
I think it's a loud SOB, definitely the loudest tool in my shop. We live in
town, but the lots are large and the nearest neighbor is about 75 yards away,
and my shop is in the basement. If your shop is in the garage, and your next
door neighbor's house is only 30 feet away, he won't be happy if you're
running a DW735 early in the morning or late at night.
*Anything* with a high-speed universal motor is going to be noisy. But the
DW735 is probably louder than most. Definitely louder than the 12.5" Delta it
replaced. Ear protection is a must.
Naaaa. It's easy as can be. Just flip a lever. The only thing even remotely
"tricky" about it is that the machine has to be running to change speeds.
I live in a townhouse in Northern VA and work in my garage on the ground
floor. My Wife can tolerate the DW735 in the Family Room directly over the
garage, She said the JDSAir Tech 750 dust filter bugs her more. My neighbors
come over and talk any time they catch me in the shop, they have never
commented on noise. One of them does ride a Harley...
I'm retired from the Navy and still use the wood shops on the bases (Boling
AFB in DC has a superb shop), so the only comparision is against huge (24
inch) planers. But I'm pretty happy with the performance of the DW735.
I could not be more pleased, and I'd strongly suggest that you get the
in-feed & out-feed tables with it.
It's no problem with top notch protection. I got a pair of "ear muffs"
sold by Stihl - they're 25 dB while most others are about 18 dB. I
figure that the hearing I've got left is worth a few bucks more. Since
hearing damage is cumulative, it's beyond me why anyone would not wear
As others have pointed out - it's easy, but the machine must be
On 04/12/2010 01:44 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Yes, absolutely. I have the Grizzly G0453 planer and the Grizzly G0440 dust
don't know how many decibels these things kick out (Grizzly doesn't say in their
sheets), but it's a LOT, and I would think that just turning either machine ON
running anything through them) would be enough noise to warrant ear protection.
has an induction motor this planer is relatively quiet compared to the lunchbox
universal motors, but that ain't even half the story. I don't know what other
like when you hook them up to dust collection, but the noise level on this one
SIGNIFICANTLY when that monster collector is sucking air past the spinning
planer ROARS when the collector is running (which it always is; running a planer
dust collection is madness), and that's before I even start milling wood. I
the hearing damage you would incur if you didn't wear ear protection while
running a planer...
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:26:37 -0500, the infamous "Leon"
Yeah, they work very well. But don't use the hard foam style, like HF
sells. they're uncomfortable and don't dampen noise as well. The soft,
orange plugs in a bell shape work the best for me, installed with the
wide part of the bell inside. I sleep with earplugs and they don't
hurt if they're installed backwards like that. I sleep on my side.
The $2 HF earmuffs work well, too, but I upgraded to their electronic
muffs. They give you the ambient sound until a loud noise hits, then
it immediately cuts out, in milli- or microseconds. They're $15 on
sale quite often and work well at the range. Just me and my tinnitus,
with the occasional soft pop just before something disintegrates
For hard rock concerts, wear both plugs and muffs and the sound is
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace
will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will
blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
-- John Muir
My son picked up an 8 or 10 pack at Walgreens for about $4 IIRC, he needed
something that worked well for the NHRA drag races this last week end. He
said they worked well but the roar of the engines would shake the fillings
out of your teeth.
I still use the same style muffs that you mentioned above as I too want to
hear the regular sounds but cut out the occasional loud noise. I have to
had to spend more for mine to get a pair that will actually fit comfortabley
over a cap. Most ear muff that I put on will not seal properly.
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