DeWALT DW735 13″, Heavy Duty Thickness Planer Review

The DeWalt #735 thickness planer has been one of the most-requested machine reviews for months at As I would discover after thrashing the DeWalt #735 in my shop, my viewers were right on the money in their assessment of this machine. I particularly enjoy different micro thickness gauges which can be included as regular. I must be some sort of planer modding savant, because the installation took me about 45 minutes, about half the time I’ve heard from others. The one planer that was significantly quieter than the rest had a helical head but still was noisy enough to require hearing protection. Heavy piece, went together fairly easy, took the two of us about an hour (including some time to find his wrench & socket set), and the planer bolted into place nicely. You will want to consider the cost of a dust collector if you don’t already have one in that price as well.

It’s so simple to setup that I honestly figured I’d just gotten lucky, however, I quickly learned the DW735 is just that easy to setup. I’ve never actually used a 734, so I can’t make a 1st hand comparison, but the 734 is more in the class of bench top planers – AFAIK is is well regarded but the 735 is a much heartier animal – bigger, much heavier/beefier, and is a definite step up over the bench top planers. After shopping and researching for what felt like forever, I finally decided on what planer I was going to buy.

The DeWalt DW735X 13” Two-Speed Planer Package has a three-year limited warranty, as well as one year of free service and a 90-day money back guarantee. Solid construction, attention to detail, user friendly knife replacement, accurate right out of the box and able to deliver snipe-free material, the DeWALT DW735 has taken everything I’ve been able to throw at it and this planer has been more than equal to the task.

There are many factors to consider while buying a planer but it boils down to three major reasons, the kind of work you will be doing, the cut quality of the planer (which includes the power of a motor) and finally how well it works against snipe. This entry was posted on at and is filed under Tool Reviews You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

I know from many jobs that the power of this fan-assisted system is more than enough to propel planer debris through a flexible hose connected to a cloth-topped waste can. When I was shopping for a portable” planer,I read many praises on DW735,the two main complaints were,noise,blades getting dull prematurely,so I bought a DW735 on sale ,it came with the extension tables and an extra set of blades.

I’m coming to the conclusion that there are at least two categories of uses of the Dewalt planer. For that kind of money maybe a real commercial duty tool would be better Will this planer last long enough to really warrent those blades. This is by no means a low micron dust filtration option but I find that nearly all of the waste from a planer is larger chips and this pillow case does a fantastic job at holding it all. To compare consumable cost, find out what it takes to sharpen a set of planer knives in your neighborhood.

This system works so well that when I removed the cover on the planer there was virtually NO dust inside even after running over a 100 feet of hardwood through the planer already. I use a 12 inch planer but would like the 15″ for a larger table area and quieter operation, not to mention a helical cutter head for smoother cuts. I had the planer near the front of my 24′ deep garage, and it distributed a wake of chips all the way to the back wall. I haven’t benchmarked this, nor intend to, but I’d say with a much confidence that if you plane less thickness, the blades will last a little longer due to reduced heat/stress being put on the blades.

Therefore, if I were buying one of that style, I’d go for a Ridgid or Grizzly on the lower end of the price range since they are very similar planers unless I was going for the rotary head on the Steel City. I swapped the blades and started planing again, but the knives wore out again in roughly 30 minutes (not 30 minutes of planing, but simply 30 minutes running!). If you are mechanically inclined, and have experience in assembling things, you’ll get through it without much more than disgust for the Dewalt management who approved the directions. But first I’ll lightly go over the planer itself and give some of my thoughts on it.

I’m extreemly disapointed with my purchase… blades dull after only 15 minutes of use. Apart from the dust issues, like other Dewalt Planers, this also makes a lot of noise. If im going to spend $650, plus 9.5% tax, ill get a used stationary planer with knives that can be sharpened when dulled. This put down the complaints about DW 735 being louder than any of the other lunch boxes. This planer also has a total capacity of 13 inches, which should be more than enough, even if you are a professional.

The knives in the dewalt a made of a hard steel edge laminated to a softer steel to provide some shock resistance (at least they are on my 733). My old Delta planer, before being encased in cement, left a healthy pile of shavings within about 2 – 3′ of the planer. When the planer arrived, I called Grizzly because of package damage, & some damage to the planer. I can take the individual boards down to dimension with my 13 planer prior to glue up. If I take all the necessary precautions when gluing up the panel, all that should really be needed is a couple of light passes through the drum sander.

I’ve had a DW735 for about 3 months now and have run about 500BF through it (Lacewood, Poplar, Cherry, etc). In fact, if you’re going to put this on a stand I recommend you buy the DEWALT version compared to an after-market version. I always do some sort of hand planing or card scraping after I send it through the planer to remover the tiny machine marks that you can see in the light.

Because the hose enters the rear of the unit it sits directly above boards coming out the finished end of the planer. Given each individual blade unit (26 in total I think) is only $6 (if you nick one you don’t have to replace the whole lot!), and each has 2 usable cutting edges, you can save a lot on blades compared to straight bladed units. It only lasts as long as the old 2 and 3 blade models, but the replacement blades cost even more.